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Full-Day Small Group Eco and Biking Tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi
"Once you are picked up from your hotels in Hanoi you can get ready for a great day of adventure.   You will first head to Hoa Lu - former capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries located around 70 miles/120km (2.5-hour ride) away from Hanoi. Once there you will see the 2 main temples of the former royal city including the main temple of Emperor Dinh and a temple of Emperor Le - hidden in the foothill of the Den Mountain. You will then explore the historic sites of the Outer Citadel separated from the Inner Citadel by limestone mountains.You will then continue to The beautiful village of Tam Coc for lunch at around at 12:30pm. After sampling some delicious Vietnamese cuisine you will cruise the Hoang Long River on board of the traditional sampan. Pass the curious karst mountains carpeted in lush vegetation
From $112.00
 
Round-Trip Hanoi to Ninh Binh Private Vehicle Charter
"Rent a car with English speaking driver from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is one the best way to getting around this area for 1 day 2days or 3days tour from Hanoi to Ninh binh(Tam Coc - Hoa Lu ancient).​Private car van transport service is very difference by Taxi driver as our car rental with driver has a rich experience on the tour so far and you can ask the driver stop anytime any places on the way from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. Book a car rental with us you will be saved 35% your budget with a smooth local transport now.""""Ninh Binh is a hot destination to visit for some customers
From $90.00
 
Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Day Tour
"Depart your hotel this morning at 8.30am for the 2.5 hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital Hoa Lu. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80) and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadelmost of which has since been destroyed once covered an area of almost 2 square miles (3 square km).In the late morning head to Tam Coc for a Vietnamese lunch. Along the way you will stop to take photographs of local villages and the stunning landscape. After lunch board your private sampan. As the boat gently slices through the water
From $106.00

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The perfume pagoda

After a 2 hour drive from Hanoi we arrived at a small village and transferred to small metal boats at Ben Duc. The boats were like flat tin baths with tiny wooden seats in them. As we were 4 large...
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Picturesque Journey

Needless to say, our boat journey on the Yen river to Perfume Pagoda was the highlight of our trip. For about 60 minutes, we meandered along silhouettes of tall mountains and watched as the mountains...
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UpHill Trek to Huong Tich Grotto

Well, we found out the the Kitchen Temple wasn't the only temple around, in fact there are other temples strung like pearls high up in the mountain! The most famous one was Huong Tich Grotto which...
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Den Trinh

When we arrived our destination, we took a short, albeit steep walk to the entrance of Perfume Pagoda. The first shrine that we saw was Den Trinh or registration shrine. Apparently, all visitors to...
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Enroute to Perfume Pagoda

Our journey started at some Godforsaken hour in the morning since we had to take a bum-rotting-two hour ride to travel 50 miles from Hanoi to a pier in Ben Duc. Along the way, the bus made its way...
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Hell's Gate

Upon arriving at Huong Tich grotto, 120 more descending steps await you as the temple lies deep within the grotto. The entrance to those steps is aptly called "hell's gate" . Where: Huong Tich Grotto,...
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Stalagmites and stalactites

Within Huong Tich grotto at Perfume Pagoda, you'll find stalagmites and stalactites in a variety of forms and shapes . As with the caves in Halong Bay, the locals can see trees, goddesses, couples,...
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A Shrine for Worship

At the bottom of 120 steps, lies a little shrine that has been used for worship since the 1520's. Well, when I was there, there were crowds of insensitive backpackers who wandered really close to the...
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Stops for Weary Travellers

Along the way, you'll also find rest houses along the way. A lot of entrepreneurial folks will try to sell you coke and other American tidbits. Well, my travel gp ( which consisted mainly of Danes )...
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Waiting Game

We also saw lots of petite rowers in peak-coned hats perched on a wall by Yen river, patiently waiting for customers. Apparently, these folks are a privileged lot. Every year, lots are drawn for this...
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Ben Duc

After like what seemed like an eternity on the road from Hanoi to Huong Son, we finally reached the pier ( Ben Duc ) at Yen Vi river. We saw lots of burgundy-red metal boats clustered at the mouth of...
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Thien Tru temple

Beyound the shrine lies the next point of interest, Thien Tru temple which was built in the 18th century. Interestingly, "Thien Tru" means heavenly kitchen. Supposedly, the rock formations in this...
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60 min journey on a rickety boat

For a while, I thought that our rower would be one of those petite frail-looking ladies. To my relief, our guide chose a straping young lad. We climbed gingerly unto the boat and since it was so...
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Journey to Perfume Pagoda

Hubby and I signed up for a trip to Perfume Pagoda while we were in Hanoi since we heard that it was the "Ha Long Bay of the Paddy Fields" Admitedly, having the ODC travel agent at our hotel lobby in...
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