Morning you will proceed to Ninh Binh province (100km) toward the south of Hanoi to visit Dinh and Le dynasty temples which were built on the site of the Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel. Afterward you will dive to Tam Coc to enjoy the lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch you will take an enchanting boat ride along the winding Ngo Dong River to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the region known as “Halong Bay on land”. Here in this watery landscape, limestone karsts cliffs rise up from the rice paddy fields as your boat meanders under 3 low caves.“Tam Coc” means 3 caves. In the wet season, the channel floods with water lying everywhere whilst in the dry season the shallow river winds through fields of golden rice. If lucky you may spot a mountain goat clinging to the rocks but more likely watch the local people fish for snails in the river. Although often the river becomes busy with fellow travelers, it is a leisurely experience as you sit back and watch the extraordinary method of rowing using their feet of the boatmen. For those who have seen the film “Indochine”, it will surely evoke memories. Remember to take a hat and suntan lotion. Latter afternoon, drive back to Hanoi to transfer to your hotel.