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Hoa Lu, situated 100km South of Hanoi, was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh and Le Dynasties between 968 and 1009AD. Some of the sanctuaries and tombs have survived the years and can still be seen today.In choosing the location for his new capital, King Dinh Tien Hoang decided to base him- self amongst the rugged mountains, fed by a system of water currents which would sur- round the capital forming natural barriers, vi- tal for defense as well as agriculture. The area is also one of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks whose splendor is often said to surpass that of Ha Long Bay. You will enjoy being rowed along the Boi River in traditional boats, which makes for a truly unforgettable experience, passing between towering lime- stone peaks.

Quick Reference Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc
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Trip Highlight

Visit Hoa Lu - The capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh and Le Dynasties between 968 and 1009AD.

Enjoyed the sampan ride along Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc “Halong Bay on land” or “Halong Bay in the ricefields”. 



  • Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc

    Day 1: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc

    Our guide and driver pick you up at your hotel. We will drive to Ninh Binh province (95 km) to visit Tam Coc - is known as Halong bay on the rice fields, the same limestone rocks as in Halong bay but seen from a winding stream through paddy fields instead of the sea. Upon arrival, we will take a sampan ride through a karst landscape to visit Tam Coc grottos. The sampan rower will drive the boat through shallow rice paddies and three splendid long grottos. From here we will visit a small temple, built in 13th century.

    Next stop is Hoa Lu, which was the capital of the Dinh and Early Le dynasties in Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century. The sanctuaries were built in the 17 century. We will see the stone pedestal of a royal throne, bronze bells and statues of the Emperors. Have your lunch at local restaurant. Drive back to Ha Noi. 

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