A 90km drive south of Hanoi will lead you to Ninh Binh, the site of what was once the capital city of ancient Vietnam, before Hanoi took the leading role in the 11th century. The area is full of well-known scenery, which includes Tam Coc Caves and the old temples dedicated to King Dinh & King Le reigned in 10th century.
The visit to Ninh Binh starts with a boat trip along Tam Coc. Here you will see spectacular limestone karts jut out of the green paddy fields, reminiscent of Guilin (China) and Halong Bay of Vietnam, which gives this scenery the name “Halong-bay-on-land”. Next we will discover the site that used to be the kings’ palace in 10th century, Ninh Binh. Today, this area is famous for the wooden relieves of the shady Dinh and Le temples. In the late afternoon, we will return to Hanoi.