Take a full-day trip from Hanoi and travel through the Ninh Binh region, visiting Hoa Lu and Ta Coc.
Your first stop will be in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Learn about its founding and tenure as the capital. Visit the 2 temples built on the ground of the old royal palace, and find out more about feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
Continue to Tam Coc, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Your meal will include goat meat, which is the area specialty. Then board a boat to Tam Coc, known as the Ha Long Bay on land. See these 3 limestone caves on the Ngo Dong River, and take in the peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddies, and temples. After visiting Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba, you will begin your trip back to Hanoi.