[Ninh Binh] The Tam Coc (“three caves”) portion is a three-hour excursion by small boat along the Ngô Đồng river, beginning at the village of Van Lam and proceeding through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers. The route includes floating through three natural caves (Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba), the largest of which is 125m long with its ceiling about 2m high above the water. The boats are typically rowed by one or two local women who also sell embroidered goods.
DAY 1 Hanoi – Ninh Binh
An early departure from Hanoi for the rural town of Ninh Binh. An hour out of town you start to cycle to Ninh Binh on country back roads. After 30 km’s get aboard your bus for the final drive to Ninh Binh.
DAY 2 Ninh Binh
This morning start to cycle ride to Tam Coc where you will take a boat to and through the caves, past spectacular cliffs, rural villages, and farming communities. You then cycle through the country side of Hoa Lu, the former capital and soak up the friendly atmosphere of rural Vietnam.
DAY 3 Cuc Phuong National Park
A 21km bicycle ride will take you through striking rural scenery to the village of Kenh Ga. Explore the still undiscovered area by boat and meander past cliff side homes and be charmed by the waving children. After lunch drive/cycle to Cuc Phuong National Park. Visit the Cave of Prehistoric Man where locals still pay homage to prehistoric artifacts that have been found in the cave. Visit the Primate Rescue Center before settling in for the night.
DAY 4 Mai Chau
Start to cycle from Cuc Phuong on to Mai Chau. Your guide will advise when you will need to get aboard your bus. Arrive Mai Chau and meet the family before settling into your home stay. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the village meeting the locals and seeing their locally made handicrafts.
DAY 5 Hanoi
Spend the morning cycling around the surrounding area before boarding the bus for the drive back to Hanoi. Can depart anytime.
Rate: From USD 870 per person
Average to above average level of fitness required – suits regular pleasure cyclists.
Vehicle support, bicycles, meals, English speaking guide, snacks and water while riding.
Hotels (3 nights), home-stay (1 night)
Insurance, domestic flight, Tips …