The one day cycling tour, provided by the Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel takes you to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, Ninh Binh province. You travel by car from Hanoi to Hoa Lu where you will make a stop visiting the Dinh and Le temples before embarking on a push-bike and start your fun bicycle ride from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc. You cycle on paved roads, through rice fields and local agricultural villages. Most of the bicycle ride is on a peaceful inter-communal routes where the traffic is not two busy. After the bicycle ride from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc, you can either enjoy a sampan cruise tour or another cycling trip around Tam Coc before getting on your car again for the journey back to Hanoi. Contact Lotussia Travel for more details.
8:00 am: You will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi (please advise your hotel name).
Head south for the three-hour drive along Highway One.
Upon your arrival in Hoa Lu around 11:00, visit the Dinh and Le sanctuaries. These are the two remaining temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty.
Then, we move on to Hoa Lu enjoying one hour cycling through peaceful countryside villages.
Arrive in Tam Coc and have lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, take a three-hour boat trip along the Boi River. This area is rightly often referred to as the “Ha Long Bay on land” due to the similar topography.
Return back to Hanoi at 18:00. End trip.
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About Dinh & Le temples in Hoa Lu:
Dinh Temple was built in the shape of a Chinese character. Through the first entrance called Ngo Mon, there is a stone royal bed with Nghe (imaginary animals of the old times) standing on both sides. Inside the temple is Khai Thanh in worship of Emperor Dinh’s parents.
The temple consists of three parts: Bai Duong for the community, Thien Huong in honour of mandarins, and Chinh Cung where Dinh Tien Hoang’s statue is located. On his left is the statue of his eldest son Dinh Lien, and on his right are those of Dinh Hang Lang and Dinh Toan. On each side of the altar, there is one stone dragon similar to the ones placed near the royal bed.
Le Temple is almost the same as Dinh Temple in term of architectural design, except for some details. Le Temple also consists of three parts: Bai Duong used for the community, Thien Huong, in memory of the royal mandarins of King Le, and finally, the altar in memory of the King. The Le Hoan Statue is at the centre, on the left is the statue of Queen Duong Van Nga and on his right is that of Le Ngoa Trieu, his fifth son and the third King of the Pre Le Dynasty.
About Tam Coc:
Tam Coc means three tunnel caves, entailing Ca Cave, Hai Cave and Ba Cave. Tam Coc can also be called Tam Thuy Dong as the Ngo Dong River wends through all three tunnel caves that have bored through the limestone hills.
The enchanting world of Tam Coc can only entered from the Van Lam Wharf. Here, visi-tors travel by rowboat on the Ngo Dong River about 3km to visit all three caves. The first is Ca Cave which is 127m long and 20m wide. The next is Hai Cave of 60m long and 18m wide which is reached by traveling about 1km from Ca Cave. And the last is Ba Cave with 50m long and 18m wide located near Hai Cave These caves are adorned with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites of different shapes and colors that sparkle like gemstones.
This is very peaceful and scenic trip while admiring a magnificent view of the river, mountain, and caves. Worth visiting Tam Coc takes place in March, or the end May and early June. In March, the Ngo Dong River peacefully blends with green rice fields and cotton trees having red flowers in the spring. At the end of May and early June, the Ngo Dong River goes together with fields of ripe rice covered the yellow color. During the time, boats carrying tourists in and out of Tam Coc are mingled with the locals transporting harvested rice.
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