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Half-Day Hanoi Home Cooking Class and Cultural Tour
"The tour starts from your hotel and after a short drive you will arrive at the the awesome property that features a peaceful atmosphere on the Red River bank. The hosts will warmly welcome you and introduce their members and begin exchanging culture bargain and to spend the local currency “VND” in the market.You then begin a 5 minutes cycle or walk to the local market. It’s great chance to buy local things by yourself and experience a variety of foods from all the groceries such as: herbs spices vegetables meats fishes
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Hanoi Explorer Private Photo Tour
"Hotel pick-up.  We start the tour on historic Long Bien Bridge Yen Phu Street.  After introductions and a brief look at the story behind the bridge there is an overview of camera settings.  We then head up to Long Bien Bridge to shoot the Establishing picture.  Time now to move into Long Bien market Hanoi's biggest wet market to learn how to shoot Relationship pictures.  Our focus is on how to take naturalistic photos of people at work and play.  In Dong Xuan market we continue with Relationship pictures.  The market was originally built by the French in 1889
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2-Day Halong Bay Signature Cruise from Hanoi
"Day 1: Hanoi - Halong (LD)7:45am - 8:15amPickup and transfer to Halong Bay.12.00pm Arrival transfer to Signature Cruise.12:30pm You will be welcomed aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Check into your cabin and freshen up.1pm As we begin to cruise through the bay a special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizi extraordinary limestone karst landscapesOan Lagoon Teapot and Monster Head Islets. Explore Vung Vieng Village by local rowing boats or kayaks to discover the interesting daily lives of its inhabitants. Signature Halong Cruise will stay close to Drum Cave for the evening.6:00pm Join Vietnamese cookingL)6:00am The nicest time of the day on Halong Bay is the morning. Head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions. Relax with an early morning cup of tea
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Hoa Lu Tips (8)

Halong Bay on land

Hoa Lu-Tam Coc belongs to Ninh Binh provice which is 100 km away from Hanoi city. Coming here, you have chane to explore beautiful canals, 3 caves and beautiful field. It likely Halong Bay on land. Going up, you will reach Hoa Lu where placing the pagoda of King of Le dynasty and Dinh Dynasty. Near Tam Coc, there is Bich Dong which is also nice!

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Jul 25, 2013

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc

A day tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc is a 2 hour trip from Hanoi, and is most enjoyable.

Further into the countryside, the more interesting things you witness.

We stopped at Hao Lu first, and visited the 10th century historic temples Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dau Hahn.

Next......onto where the row boats leave for Tam Coc.
Firstly, a nice lunch in the Hotel just across the road,
onto a small rowboat for a nice scenic journey along the river.

What a lovely, quiet, peaceful area this was! We saw local people harvesting the water rice planted along both sides of the river, we also saw some very small homes in amongst the Paddies.
We passed through 3 caves, then turned around and came back. At the turn around point, you will be hassled to buy drinks and food, they are lying in wait for the "tourists who can not get away!"

You can have your photo taken along the way, a girl in a rowboat pulled up alongside and took photos
One photo cost 10,000dong less than $1.
When you come ashore, the girl who took the photo will find you, no worries about that!

This was an enjoyable days outing, out amongst incredible limestone karsts.

I felt it was a MUST DO!

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Mar 25, 2011

Hoa Lu and Tam Coc

A few hours away from Hanoi lays abandoned paddy fields which have been converted into a tourist spot. Boating & fishing (if you're lucky) are the main activities here. In between you'll glide through some small caves (you have to duck at certain spots to avoid a trip to the local clinic).

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Sep 18, 2007

Hoa Lu (the ancient royal capital of Vietnam)

The King Dinh and King Le temples are almost identical. Nothing too interesting.

If I've known earlier, I would've chosen the Tam Coc - Bich Dong rather than the Tam Coc - Hoa Lu tour.

Visiting the Bich Dong Pagoda (regarded as the second most beautiful pagoda in Vietnam after the Perfume Pagoda) that is situated on Ngu Nhac Mountain would have been better.

Jul 04, 2007
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Day trip to Hoa Lu - Temples of Kings

On a trip to Tam Coc, tours often visit this ancient capital of Hoa Lu where there are two temples dedicated to 10th Century King Dinh and King Le.

Inside the temples, you can find the lacquered statues of the kings. Interesting royal trysts told by the tour guide of each King.

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Oct 19, 2006

Remembering Hoa Lu - Ancient Capital (A Day Trip)

Hoa Lu is very near to Tam Coc - about 4 km away, is the relics of the ancient capital Hoa Lu – the remains are the temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of this ancient capital city.

Jun 03, 2006

Hoa Lu

A historal places where the past emperor live and its the past capital of vietnam, long before hanoi.

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May 23, 2008

Old town Hoa Lu with temples

Nice setting surrounded by limestone mountains. Two temples, really peaceful and interesting.
But maybe not worth the trip if you manage to see nice temples elsewhere.

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