Adventure day in Trang An & Mua caves
Toan is a fantastic guide with a real knowledge and passion - an asset to the 'with locals' team
We decided to pre-book a private day tour with a local guide for our day trip to Trang An and the Mua Caves as we didn't want to go with a regular coach crowd, preferring a more personal touch and we were not disappointed
We were greeted at our hotel in Hanoi by our guide Toan who was immediately welcoming and wasted no time in telling us what lay ahead for the day. Toan spoke excellent English so conversation flowed easily
On route to the caves we enjoyed a comfortable private car journey with air con and water provisions, chatting comfortably with Toan about the history of the areas we were travelling through. Toan even bought a flask of Vietnam green tea to share with us
We arrived at the caves in good time (before the masses) and enjoyed 2 hill hikes and a tour of the surrounding caves before lunch, it was only when we were heading back to the car to leave that we noticed how much busier it was becoming - so great timing!
Toan took us to a local village restaurant for lunch so we could try some of the local delicacies.... including mountain goat!! Even if food adventure is not for you the atmosphere is well worth soaking up. Toan was in his element and loved sharing his local culture with us
Following lunch we headed to Trang An for a bamboo boat ride ..... with Toans local knowledge we were able to observe how busy the Trang An tourist spot was and quickly move to a quieter spot just outside of the village where we could enjoy a more peaceful boat ride - this was a pure hidden gem and so tranquil .... also the spot where Kong Skull Island was filmed so a great photo opp for us!!
Following our boat ride it was time to start the 2hour journey back to our hotel, we felt we had such a fulfilled day with Toan and the private tour made it all the more personal for us. Toan is a mind of information and knowledge and it is lovely to see him so passionate and caring about what he does
We 100% recommend both Toan and this tour during your trip to Hanoi