Non-Touristy Day Trip: Hoa Lu & Tam Coc

Non-Touristy Day Trip: Hoa Lu & Tam Coc

Spoken in: English, Deutsch, Vietnamese

( 72 reviews ) star Tours Hanoi 1 - 8 watch_later 9 hours
  • Learn about northern Vietnamese history
  • Scenic boat ride with bird watching
  • Enjoy rural life and rice fields
  • Bike through limestone rock formations
  • Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese meal
  • Privately guided by your favorite local

You will be picked up anywhere in: Hanoi

What you can expect

Step outside Hanoi and experience a taste of authentic Vietnam! On this private day trip you can learn about northern Vietnamese history and enjoy its rural life all in one day. Admire the beauty of Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam, followed by Tam Coc, the home to some of the country’s most impressive river landscapes.

Admire two ancient temples built for the Dinh and Le dynasties and uncover this ancient era of Vietnamese history together with your private host. Stroll to the temple where King Le Dai Hanh is worshipped and admire the spectacular scenery, ruins and tombs that have survived.

Tam Coc awaits, and after a short drive, get ready to ride a bike! Cycle through peaceful and lush greenery among quiet roads, rural villages, rivers, and rice fields Say hi to the occasional goat and make your way to a local family home for a traditional garden lunch. Treat yourself to a cold beer if you like and see how a traditional family lives day to day life.

Hop on your bike and continue your rural adventure by discovering the landscape of karst formations and impressive caves. Bike through the scenic landscape of the well kept UNESCO park and hear all about its history from your private guide.

Top off your private tour with a relaxing boat ride on a slow-moving river! After all, the most spectacular scenery of Tam Coc is best enjoyed by boat. As a local lady paddles with her feet, you can marvel at bright green rice fields extend right down to the edge of the river, limestone cliffs, and watch hundreds of birds by the riverside. You can even hear sounds that you may never have heard before!

This truly local experience is full of interesting stories, a delicious local meal & countless breathtaking views. The best thing is that everything can be 100% personalized, just get in touch with your favorite local guide!

This is the plan

Meeting Point
Private pickup from your hotel
Stop 1
After a scenic drive step out and visit Dinh Le Temple, home to the country’s first imperial dynasty that still has some original remains after 600 years and numerous wars
Stop 2
Just down from that see the small differences in the Le Dai Banh temple where another (less popular) king once lived
Stop 3
Discover an immensely idyllic temple widely unvisited by travellers that looks over a peaceful lake
Stop 4
The driver will take you to the neighbouring area of Tam Coc. Here you will rent out a bicycle and cycle into the nature
Stop 5
After a beautiful ride through limestone rocks, stop off at a local ladies house to enjoy a local lunch in her gardens amongst her chickens and family
Stop 6
With a belly full it’s time to cycle onwards. Take a pit stop and climb up on of the famous rocks to get a look inside for some beautiful caves
Stop 7
Cycle to a beautiful park that is filled with amazing nature and a huge natural lake
Stop 8
Aboard a small boat and let a local row you beyond the bays of the park further into the rugged nature to see loads of amazing birds

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

Tours details

Private Tours
Mode of transport
Car (cost included)
9 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Guest pick-up
included (free of charge)
instant confirmation
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  • closeNo refunds within 14 days of experience date

What's included
checkEntrance tickets
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about Withlocals Originals

  • Experience the heart
    of the city

  • With the host of
    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.