Ninh Binh - "dry Halong Bay" (2 days, 1 night)

You visit to Ninh Binh, an area of spectacular scenery just south of Hanoi. On the rowboat, you glide on a river through an area with huge limestone mountains and caves. Due to the similarity of the landscape, the area around Ninh Binh is also called “"dry Halong Bay"” In addition, visit ancient temples and stay at luxurious Emeralda resort in a fantastic environment.


  • First rowing boat tour (90 minutes) in Tam Coc with spectacular landscapes and river caves
  • Visit the Hoa Lu Temple and the Phat Diem church
  • Second rowing boat tour (90 minutes) on the recently opened water and rock landscape of Trang An
  • Overnight in a luxury hotel in beautiful surroundings

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Ninh Binh – “Dry” Halong Bay

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi


Day 1: Hanoi - Ninh Binh (breakfast, lunch)
Your guide picks you up at the hotel at 8 a.m. and takes you to Ninh Binh (travel time approx. 2.5 hours). There you will visit the Phat Diem Temple, a mixture of a Catholic church and a Buddhist pagoda. In the afternoon you will take a rowing boat tour through the spectacular landscape of Tam Coc (approx. 90 minutes). You glide with the rowing boat along a river through a bizarre landscape of almost vertical limestone cliffs covered with jungle-like vegetation. You will also pass various river caves, the longest of which is around 500 meters long. The caves are not illuminated, without a flashlight it would be pitch dark in places.

Overnight: Hidden Charm Ninh Binh Ninh Binh (room category Superior)


Day 2: Ninh Binh - Hanoi (breakfast, lunch)
Your guide will take you to Trang An, where you will take another 90-minute rowing boat tour. Again you glide with the rowing boat through a magical landscape of lakes, rivers, vertical limestone cliffs with lush vegetation, river caves and narrow lake bays. We recommend doing this tour as early as possible in the morning so that you can avoid the day tourists from Hanoi. Then drive back to Hanoi (travel time approx. 2.5 hours), if you continue your flight your guide will bring you straight to the airport.


Tip: We recommend not to take this tour on Sat / Sun, because there are a lot of Vietnamese tourists in Ninh Binh during the weekends.

Price: CHF 610 per person → for price overview


IThe price includes:

  • English-speaking local guide
  • Transportation in air-conditioned private car
  • Overnight stay in a double room (5-star resort)
  • Meals as specified in the detailed programme
  • Entrance fees to rowing tours (tips for the rowers are expected)
  • Usual tips for guide and driver


Not included

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses for drinks / snacks in between