Departure date: Everyday
Destination: Bai Dinh, Trang An, Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Duration: 1 day
Tour price: US $50 per person
Full day: Hanoi - Dinh pagoda - Trang An Complex
You will be collected from your hotel at 08:30 to begin the 100km journey to Ninh Binh. You will be able to appreciate rural scenery on the journey as the city fades into the distance, and you are met with views of agricultural land. Your first stop will be Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam, whose majestic size and ornate Buddhist architecture create an imposing yet tranquil ambience. Here, you will see the Buddha Prayer Place which houses a 100-tonne bronze statue of the Buddha. You will then stop for lunch at a local restaurant which serves local specialities such as goat meat with elderberry.
After a delicious lunch, you will take a trip to the t Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex which was recently recognised a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Here, you will board a sampan (a small traditional wooden boat) and take a boat ride through the rich and diverse landscape. The sampan will take you along the glassy rivers dotted with lotus flowers and through the caves which have been etched out of the staggering karsts.
After a relaxing afternoon floating amongst mountains, caves and temples, you will begin your journey back to Hanoi. The tour will end when you arrive back in Hanoi at approximately 18:00.