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Explore the rustic countryside of Ninh Binh Province in the north of Vietnam passing by local villages, engaging in agricultural activities such as catching crabs. Marvel at the eclectic architecture of 19th century Vietnamese and European style church.
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DAY 01: HANOI – NINH BINH – GALAXY CAVE
Cycling distance: 5 - 15 km - Difficulty: Easy
Depart the hotel this morning at 8.30 for the 2-hour drive through rural northern Vietnam to NINH BINH, one of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam with its spectacular scenery and historical temples. It is also called ‘Dry Halong Bay’ for its magnificent limestone karsts which dominate the landscape.
Upon arrival, begin a leisure 5 to 15 km (according to preference) biking trip around Tho Ha Village passing by peaceful villages and enjoying the rustic countryside landscapes. Continue to Dong Tam Hamlet to join in some engaging agricultural activities such as catching crabs, fishing and transplanting, watering vegetables and more.
Enjoy lunch before cruising on a 2-hour boat trip through small canals among the paddy fields (rice fields seen between March and early June), then stroll along the winding rocky path of the foot for 200m and go up 20 steps to reach the Galaxy Cave Gate. Get inside the cave and admire the spectacular stalactites above the cave ceiling. Continue to discover But Hien Cave and be attracted by many natural sparkling stalactites with shapes and figures before returning to the pier and transfer to the hotel for check-in.
NOTE: Clients stay at Tam Coc Garden / Ninh Binh Legend / Ninh Binh Hidden Charm can have sampan cruise through Galaxy Cave and Thung Nham eco-tourism zone to reach Thung Nham pier and before a transfer to the above hotels. Clients staying at Emeralda Ninh Binh have to cruise back to the local pier for a transfer to the hotel.)
Enjoy a leisure morning with breakfast at the hotel before driving an hour to Phat Diem Church - built in stone in 1892. It is a blend of Vietnamese and European architecture giving birth to an “eclectic architectural style”. Step through ancient structures of this complex to feel the delicate sculptures. Then enjoy a short drive to visit a mat weaving family who live by the river bank.
Communicate with them through the guide and get a glimpse of the life of locals negotiating economic progress and keeping the traditional family craft alive.
Transfer back to Tam Coc for lunch. Tour finishes with visiting Bich Dong Pagodas, an ever ancient three tiered cave pagoda, and discovers charming pagoda and stupendous view from the top.
Return to Hanoi in late afternoon.
NOTE: Mat waving family will stop working during harvesting & cultivating season (May - June & September - October) / Check if available during Lunar New Year (Tet) Holiday.
Private Tour (for 02 pax, cheaper if more)
Tour Price Includes
01 night accommodation
English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
Meals as mentioned
Bicycle in Ninh Binh
Boat to visit Galaxy (Thien Ha) Cave
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included
Bottled drinking water per touring days
Tour Price Excludes
Other meals not mentioned in the program
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, souvenirs, etc...
Tips for your guide and driver
Any camera or video fees at any sites
When to Go
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