Scoring an average traveller rating of 5
out of 5
based on the last 24 recent reviews
if you have to choose between this and Halong Bay, choose this one. the experience is more profound and intimate. it feels surreal to see the outcroppings as you float along the river. the biking experience around town was also a good experience to cap the whole trip. highly recommended.”
Nicanor C • Submitted 01 May 2019
I am not very good at the description. I uploaded four photos to help you see what you will during this tour.”
Doug C • Submitted 25 May 2018
Love the Bike ride through the Padi fields. Highlight of the day!”
Jessica L • Submitted 02 May 2018
Excellent value for money and very good tour guide Quoc... Ninh Binh Province with Tam Coc and Hoa Lua provided an excellent insight into the areas and also history.
The food was good and the bike rides, river rides and photo opportunities were superb.
All in all, an excellent trip.”
Jonathan E • Submitted 19 Apr 2018
We had an excellent young guide who was very knowledgeable about the history of Vietnam. He was happy to chat with any and all of the people on the tour, and organised our entry into each of the sites that we visited, quickly and efficiently. The smorgasbord lunch was fine and the overall experience was good value for money.”
Alan d • Submitted 08 Apr 2018
When staying in Hanoi for a few days this is a good tour to add to see something outside Hanoi. We booked this tour based on the Viator reviews and we weren't disappointed. This tour is value for money.
It is a full day tour. It might even last a bit longer then indicated due to traffic etc. The tour guide asked us if there was someone in the group that had to be back at a specific timing.
Depending on your hotel location in the old quarter the tour will pick you up from the hotel. Some hotels can't be reached by bus.
During the ride the guide provided us with all sorts of information. It was good and entertaining.
The tour will make a pit stop at a souvenir store/ restaurant when disabled people make all sorts of nice souvenirs of good quality. There is no pressure to buy.
First attraction is the ancient capital of Hoa Lu with two temples. This was nice to see but a bit crowded since all tours pass this point.
Next stop is Tam Coc wharf where you can enjoy an extensive buffet lunch. There really was a lot of food choices.
The highlight of the tour is the Sampan boat trip through the caves . This is really amazing. Since it is quite sunny we did buy a hat from one of the many shops to protect us a bit from the sun.
It can become a bit crowded since more tours will do the same boat ride there. It is usually 2-3 persons per boat.
You can tip the rowman which is quite a common practice. Downside is a bit that they ask for more tips even when you tip.
Last attraction is a bike ride through the countryside. This is only a short ride. The country side roads aren't the best. They provide all sorts of bikes. It is best to choose a mountain bike. During the bike ride you can stop to take pictures of the beautiful surroundings.
Then the tour returns to Hanoi with a pitstop at the same souvenir shop so if you haven't bought in the morning you can still do so in the afternoon.
The return trip might take a while due to traffic.
Overall the tour is value for money and a good choice to do while staying in Hanoi.”
Jeroen B • Submitted 02 Apr 2018
Good and friendly guide, nice experience, beautiful landscapes. Highly recommended.”
Balazs F • Submitted 02 Apr 2018
This tour was amazing!”
Evelyn • Submitted 31 Mar 2018
Great tour and wonderful sights, the guide gave every opportunity to give everyone the best photos.
The 90min boat ride was amazing, just to watch them row with there feet is truly mesmerising.
Cycle is none too strenuous and the buffet lunch is very good.”
Marsy • Submitted 15 Mar 2018
This was a very good value day out and well organised by the operator. Although we were picked up about 15 minutes late from our hotel we were telephoned so we knew that the pick-up would be delayed. The small bus used was a little cramped but our English speaking guide was very clear an informative as he showed us round the Hoa Lu Temples. The lunch buffet was very good and we had free use of the restaurant's toilet facilities throughout the afternoon while we were at Tam Coc. The boat tour lasted around an hour and a half with just two of us per boat and we saw some great scenery as we passed through rice paddy fields flanked by karst outcrops and through three caves. Some went on a bike tour for around one hour while we went for a walk along paths shown us by our guide. The day started at around 8.30am and we didn't get back to Hanoi until around 7pm.”
Tony B • Submitted 01 Mar 2018
While the lunch was mediocre, the bike ride and the ride down the river was a great experience. Great experience outside Hanoi!”
Jonathan C • Submitted 11 Feb 2018
This was an amazing trip. The tour guide Mr.Quin gave lot of informations about the place and history. The lunch was good. Bamboo boat ride in the Tam Coc river was wonderful.”
Thirumurugan S • Submitted 06 Jan 2018
If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Hanoi for a day this is a good trip to do just that. The first stop of temples introduces you to interesting history and the beautiful countryside, then you go to the highlight of the trip, the three caves river with a nice boat ride with a local. The third activity is a bike ride around the area - my only tip is to stay close to the guide so you don't get lost. It's a long day in the van but they make a pit stop each way which is appreciated to stretch the legs.”
Derek B • Submitted 19 Nov 2017
It was a ton of fun to go up and down the river, we mostly enjoyed the bike ride.”
Claw • Submitted 15 Nov 2017
Had an amazing time, trip was exactly what we wanted”
Matthew A • Submitted 02 Nov 2017
This tour is simply beautiful. It includes the scenic boat ride through the caves, and a bike ride through the local town.”
Kate A • Submitted 27 Sep 2017
Very well organized.
The boat ride was excellent and the landscape impressive as in the newest King Kong movie.
Only the touts when you arrive at the end point of the boat ride were annoying but that's not in the responsibility of the tour Company :
They will harass you very long and hardly give up to sell you at least one drink or something else.”
Ertan D • Submitted 22 Aug 2017
It was a great tour. Our guide Duc is very funny, helpful and shared good information about Vietnam's history, he could manage and guide the group very well. The group consisted of 11 people and everyone is picked up in their hotel in old quarter. It may take some time but no problem, all tours work like this. King's Temple in Hoa Lu is really worth to see. The tour in river is great. Hills around the river, caves are worth to see. After river tour you can take bike tour. It's free time without guide. There is not too much time and too many things to see arounda but it's a nice experience, especially if you like riding bike. The lunch was nice too. There are lots of options for this tour, ı can not know the differences between them but I can say it's worth for the money I paid.”
Yusuf A • Submitted 21 Aug 2017
Had a great day even though there was a bit of rain about. Our guide was very informative and easy to understand. The canoe ride up the river was awesome as was the lunch in a local restaurant.”
Paul D • Submitted 04 Aug 2017
We had an excellent time on the boat ride! Our tour guide, Tuan, was both entertaining and accommodating. The bicycle ride around the paddy field was an enjoyable, easy ride. You can rent scooters instead of the bicycles if you like.
The buffet lunch was mediocre at best. Highly recommend!”
Priscilla Y • Submitted 16 Jul 2017
Amazing tour. Highly recommended and value for money! The bus was very comfortable and our guide Duc was very helpful and entertaining. Everything was planned perfectly!”
Zapumal • Submitted 03 Jul 2017
The bus to TamCoc here was very excellent one. Nice people around. Very good lunch.
Trip itself - very scenery, liked it.”
Andis D • Submitted 16 Jun 2017
This was the highlight of my trip to the region. The van that we rode in was crowded but brand new. The lunch was just okay. The scenery surrounding Tam Coc is stunning, much better than Ha Long Bay in my opinion. The boat ride down the river was so relaxing and beautiful. The guide told us upfront that we weren't obligated to tip or buy anything unless we wanted. I did tip, I was impressed with their ability to row for nearly two hours with their legs! Our rower also took pics for us and pointed out unique sights. The bike ride through the rice fields is one of my top travel memories ever, very photogenic, too. Do not hesitate to book this tour!”
emeraldace • Submitted 01 Jun 2017
This was an excellent tour! We did everything on the checklist and it did not feel rushed. Lovely guides as well.”
Matthew T • Submitted 15 May 2017