Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Mua Cave ( Ninh Binh) day tour

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>> Tour price: 950.000đ/pax

  • Shuttle bus transfer Hanoi – Ninh Binh
  • Boat trip in Tam Coc
  • Hoa Lu ancient capital visit
  • Explore the Peak of  Mua Cave for a panoramic view of the Ngo Dong river.
  • Set menu Vietnamese lunch
  • Bicycle ride to the local villages and rice fields
  • All entrance fees & ticket

*Limousine transfer round trip: + 5 USD/ person 

Giới thiệu

The Hoa Lu – Mua Cave – Tam Toc day tour offers you an exciting adventure through natural and cultural sights. Heading to Ninh Binh, 90km to the South from Hanoi, you will visit Hoa Lu ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century, take stunning photos with the panoramic view on the peak of  Mua Cave and enjoy a boat trip in Tam Coc. The boat trip through caves and limestone karst formations is a great photography opportunity. The one day trip covers both the natural landscape of Ninh Binh and cultural highlights.

  • Explore ancient capital Hoa Lu (10th and 11th century), visit King Dinh and Le temples.
  • Take amazing photos on the peak of  Mua Cave, climb up 500 steps to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Ngo Dong river.
  • Enjoy the Vietnamese set menu lunch.
  • Cycle to the local villages and rice fields of Ninh Binh.
  • Take a sampan boat trip in Tam Coc, marvel limestone karsts and rice fields on the river.


In the morning

7.30 – 8.00: Pick up guests at the hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, heading to Ninh Binh with a short break on the halfway

10:15: Arrive at Hoa Lu ancient capital, a beautiful ancient city that was the economic and political center of Dai Co Viet country in the 10th and 11th centuries. In Hoa Lu, you will visit the Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, the last remaining structures from the 10th-century capital.

11:20: Visit Mua Cave (the Cave of Dance) and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic mountainous view. Climb up a stone staircase beside the cave entrance zigzags through the karst,  almost 500 steps to the peak over Ngo Dong River where the boat riding to Tam Coc.

12:30: Enjoy traditional Vietnamese set menu lunch.

In the afternoon

13.30: Enjoy a sampan boat trip in Tam Coc, passing through three enormous caves on the Ngo Dong river (named: Hang Ca, Hang Hai & Hang Ba). Take stunning photos, you pass by the limestone karst formation on the water and the amazing rice fields on the banks of the river.

Then cycling through the rice fields and local villages nearby. Enjoy the sunset party with tea and fruits, relaxing before leaving back to Hanoi.

19:00: The bus drops off you at the hotel in Hanoi Old Quater. The one day tour in Ninh Binh with Hoa Lu ancient capital, Mua Cave and Tam Coc ends.

Dinh Temple in Ninh Binh
Dinh Temple in Ninh Binh
Tam Coc from above
Tam Coc from above
On the peak of Mua Cave
On the peak of Mua Cave
Tam Coc boat trip in the golden rice season
Tam Coc boat trip in the golden rice season

Guest Reviews on TripAdvisor

Panoramic views of a beautiful landscape

“ The 500-step climb was easier than I expected, probably because of the chilly weather. For those who are hesitant to climb up, trust me it will be worth it. The view from the top seems like a scene from a movie”

Spectacular scenery

Mua Cave is one of the most attractive destinations in Ninh Binh area. After climbing about 500 steps, you will see a very spectacular scenery, overlooking the rocky mountains, rivers, fields, bamboo boats.

Amazing boat trip

We really enjoyed our boat trip along the river. There are amazing views of the mountains and rice fields, and we saw kingfishers, egrets, storks and mountain goats. There were half a dozen boats on the river when we arrived at 10.30 am but this did not detract from the peace and beauty of the place. Yes there were boat vendors but you can say “no”, and yes we did tip our rower but seeing as he had just spent 1.5 hours rowing us along the river, a couple of dollars didn’t seem unreasonable

Hoa Lu Tam Coc 

“ Hoa Lu temples are okay but Tam Coc is really nice. The scenery is gorgeous with the round trip boat ride. It was a long boat ride under the hot sun (about 1.5 hours) but it was worth it. We could go through the cave and see the stalagmites. A memorable experience”




  • The shuttle bus picks up from Hanoi Old Quarter to Ninh Binh and back.
  • All entrance and sightseeing fees
  • Set menu Vietnamese lunch
  • Boat trip in Tam Coc
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Travel Insurance


  • Beverages, tips & personal expenses
  • Pick-up and drop off outside of Hanoi Old Quarter.
  • Others expenses that are not mentioned above


  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and inserts spray
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes and clothes for biking and hiking


  • Children under 5 years old: Infant seat is available, other expenses are paid by parents
  • Children from 5 to 7 years old: 50% discount on adult rate
  • Children from 8 years old: charged as adult rate
  • The family with 2 children from 3 to 7 years old: charged as an adult rate

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Hanoi → Hoa Lu → Tam Coc → Mua Cave

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