Tam Coc tour from Hanoi for friends, couple, family and solo traveler?

Tam Coc tour is definitely the most popular tour in Ninh Binh. It will bring you a slice of pristine natural beauty and can be suited for both friends, couple, family and solo traveler. But how to choose a perfect Coc tour based on your group travel? No more confusing, check our recommendations from the locals below. And don’t miss out those helpful tips at the bottom!

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Tam Coc is always the first choice when thinking of a trip to Ninh Binh!

Table of Contents

  • Why you should take Tam Coc tours from Hanoi?
  • Tam Coc day tour from Hanoi for Friends
    • Hoa Lu Mua Cave Tam Coc one day tour with friends
      • MORNING
    • 2 days Tam Coc Trang An tour and surrounding attractions for more exploration
      • Day 1: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Mua Cave
      • Day 2: Trang An – Bai Dinh Pagoda or Cuc Phuong National park
  • Ninh Binh Tam Coc tour for Couple
    • Tour Tam Coc for Honeymoon Couple
    • Tam Coc trip for Adventure Couple
  • Tam Coc day trip from Hanoi for Family
    • Best relaxation with Hoa Lu Tam Coc day tour Hanoi
    • Private time for family
  • Tam Coc Bich Dong tour for Solo Travelers
  • Some tips for booking a Tam Coc tour Hanoi

Why you should take Tam Coc tours from Hanoi?

Tam Coc, one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ninh Binh, is listed as top 30 most beautiful places in Vietnam by CNN. It is just 5 kilometers from Ninh Binh city center and 110 kilometers from Hanoi.

After spending days in Hanoi, people will think of taking a trip to escape a little bit from the bustling city and to get close to nature. The top priorities are always Tam Coc Ninh Binh, Halong Bay and Sapa.

Among those choices, Tam Coc is the nearest and perfect for a day trip from Hanoi. Within a day, you can explore the most highlight spots in Tam Coc and nearby areas following our recommendations.

Whether you are a nature lover, a culture seeker or a mountain climber, these amazing tours have something for you!

Let’s explore Tam Coc and neary area with us!

Tam Coc day tour from Hanoi for Friends

Having an adventure with your friends is one of the most exciting travel experiences in a lifetime. Who wouldn’t want to share the moments in brand new and marvelous places with their favorite people?

A group of friend, in most cases, always seek for the best exploration. They want to make the most of the place and share those priceless memories with each other.

So here we come with the top suggestions of tour Tam Coc for any group of friends!

Hoa Lu Mua Cave Tam Coc one day tour with friends

This Hoa Lu Tam Coc Mua Cave tour allows you to explore 3 highlight spots of Ninh Binh in just one day. It is a perfect choice for groups friends who don’t have much time but still want to make the most of Binh Binh!


Let’s start your trip with a visit to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – an inseparable piece of Vietnam’s great story

1000 years ago, when the country was divided into 12 separate parts, Dinh Bo Linh had led his soldiers and reunified the country. Then he became the king of Dai Co Viet – the very ancient name of Vietnam and choose Hoa Lu as the capital city.

Hoa Lu was chosen because of its natural geographic with surrounding limestone mountains well-protecting the capital from invaders. Moreover, the river system all around facilitated the wet rice cultivation.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital gives you a quick look to Vietnamese history and culture

Spending 1-1,5 hour there, you can visit the temple and pagoda complex including Nhat Tru Pagoda, Kinh Dinh and Kinh Le Temple which dedicate to the 2 kings. All surrounded by numerous stone arches and magnificent landscape. A great chance to sightsee and take a brief look into Vietnamese history


After having lunch in a local restaurant and retaking your energy, the next destination is Tam Coc – the highlight of every Tam Coc tour, of course.

This “Halong Bay on land” is definitely the place that can’t-not-miss if you have any intention to visit Ninh Binh.

And what can Tam Coc offer you? First is the 1,5-hour Tam Coc boat tour to witness beautiful sceneries along Ngo Dong river. Sitting on the boat that slowly moves on the tranquil river and passes through caves is really enjoyable.

On both sides, you can see limestone mountain ranges covered by the green forests and historical relics dating back hundreds years ago. Sometimes, you can observe mountain goats climbing on the mountain cliffs, then wonder how can they do it.

Take a Tam Coc boat tour to the hidden fairyland!

And don’t forget impressive rice paddy fields, consider as the distinct of Tam Coc. If you come to Tam Coc in its finest season (the harvest season around May and early June), ready to immerse yourself in the gorgeous golden rice fields. Otherwise, the lush green paddy fields are beautiful enough! All of these make Tam Coc boat tour be one of the best Ninh Binh boat tour ever!

End the 1,5-hour boat trip, you can take a bike wandering around the wharf and villages. The flat road is really convenient for cycling around and discovering Tam Coc in your own way. For a bike, you can hire in stores at Tam Coc port (Van Lam port). The bike is ranging from 80.000 VND to 100.000 VND or take a tour including biking activity. It can save your time and money!

Take a bike and cycling around Tam Coc with us is the best way to explore some untouched spots in Ninh Binh!

The trip does not end yet, you can head to Mua Cave – a famous attraction for both Vietnamese and international tourist after appeared in King Kong: Skull Island movie.

Here you will challenge yourself with 500 steps to the top of Ngoa Long mountains. It is not easy but definitely worth it as you will be dazed seeing the whole charm of Ninh Binh.

Take the challenge to be rewarded with this beautiful view of Tam Coc valley with your friends!

Standing in the top of Mua Cave, enjoy the overwhelming panorama view of Ninh Binh city and Tam Coc valley. Grandious karst mountain, river system, splendid paddy fields, peaceful village, all in your eyes! Especially, there is a giant stone dragon on the top of the mountain making the scenery more impressive and majestic!

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2 days Tam Coc Trang An tour and surrounding attractions for more exploration

If you and your friends want to explore more and willing to stay for a night, let’s consider Ninh Binh tour 2 days. This tour can satisfy any traveler for sure!

Day 1: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Mua Cave

Just like the previous option, you will visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital in the morning. Then in the afternoon, take a boat ride as well as cycling around Tam Coc and climb to the top of Mua Cave.

Tam Coc is awaiting you to explore!

Day 2: Trang An – Bai Dinh Pagoda or Cuc Phuong National park

Trang An – Bai Dinh Pagoda

In the morning, you can visit Trang An – the place of well-mixed natural, historical, cultural and spiritual value. Instead of wondering Trang An or Tam Coc, why don’t do both?

The same as Tam Coc, Trang An is well-known for natural karst towers that emerge from the tranquil water. And the only way to explore Trang An is taking a Trang An boat tour passing through thrilling caves and stopping by temples and historical relics along the route. The ancient relics hide among the mountains and forests making Trang An more intriguing and mysterious.

The famous Kong Sull Island film set is opened for Trang An visitors

Near the end of this 2,5-hour boat trip, you will have a chance to visit the famous tribal village film set in King Kong: Skull Island movie. The village consists of several bamboo huts, stone road and locals dressing up as aborigines. Just like in the movie!

In the early afternoon, come to Bai Dinh Pagoda to learn about Vietnamese religious culture.

Bai Dinh Pagoda will make your trip to Tam Coc Ninh Binh more intriguing for sure!

Standing at the Bai Dinh mountain’s top, you can have a panoramic view of the magnificent complex and admire the impressive architecture. If you want to take part in the color Bai Dinh festival, spend a visit on the Lunar New Year!

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Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park is the oldest and largest national park in Vietnam. Coming here, you can have a great chance to sightsee rare plants and endangered animals as well as the diversity of flora and fauna in the jungle.

Besides, you also can have short trekking through the forest trails to explore the Cave of Early Man, visit conservation centers such as Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Turtle Conservation Center or cycle around immersing yourself into the cool fresh air of the forest.

A perfect slice of biosystem for any nature-lover! See the detailed itinerary here!

Cuc Phuong national park offers a chance to immerse yourself in beautiful nature!

Ninh Binh Tam Coc tour for Couple

We understand that couples will have a different travel style from others. In order to help you find the best Tam Coc tour, our local experts divide into 2 main groups:

Tour Tam Coc for Honeymoon Couple

You may seek for private time with each other to create special memories. It is recommended to take a Tam Coc private tour for exclusive experiences.

How about a Private Hoa Lu Tam Coc Mua Cave tour?

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital dating back 1000 years ago will bring you the serene and peaceful vibe.

Tam Coc with a private boat will assure your private relaxing time. Then, you can take a bike cycling through the idyllic villages to savor the moments together.

Mua Cave is challenging but to enjoy the whole charming view on top with your lover is definitely worthwhile!

For the detailed itinerary, you can check here!

Tam Coc boat tour with private boat for couple

Otherwise, we have many tours that can be set private. Everything you have to do is contact us for a customized tour and our local experts will make it the best convenient for you!

Tam Coc trip for Adventure Couple

If you and your lover are adventure seekers, take a brief look at the itineraries for group of friends above. You must love to make the best exploration of Ninh Binh by visiting all the highlight places! Then Hoa Lu Tam Coc Mua Cave and Ninh Binh 2 days are absolutely the ones for you!

Find the best Tam Coc tour for adventure couple here – at Original Ninh Binh Tours!

Tam Coc day trip from Hanoi for Family

In Asia, traveling with family on holidays is a cultural pattern. A family usually seek more for relaxation as traveling is the bonding time.

So our recommendations will be less-spot and more-time-to-spend-together itineraries!

Best relaxation with Hoa Lu Tam Coc day tour Hanoi

By just taking Hoa Lu Tam Coc tour to visit the 2 places for a day, you can reduce the cost and have much time to relax there.

Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of Vietnam. The ancient place is a small but beautiful temple and pagoda complex which is surrounded by karst mountains, numerous lakes and outstanding sceneries. These relics stay as the main situation that now is Kinh Dinh and Kinh Le temples area. Spend time at Hoa Lu will help you and your child have a quick look and gain knowledge of Vietnamese history and culture

Flashback to the past with a visit to the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Tam Coc, on the other hand, offers a chance to relax and discover the diversity of natural landscapes as you taking a boat ride passing through limestone mountains and caves. The 1,5-hour boat trip will bring your family leisure and relaxation immersing in the stunning nature.

Moreover, you can have a chance to explore the 3 thrilling caves along the route – Ca Cave, Hai Cave and Ba Cave that are naturally formed from karst mountains and shaped into unique appearing.

Spend quality time with your family while taking a Tam Coc boat tour!

Spend more time with each other by exploring villages and lifestyle of locals with bikes. Cycling around the gorgeous paddy fields and poetic rivers will give you an unforgettable memory with your family. On the route, you can see local children herding buffalo and farmers working hard in the rice fields. You absolutely enjoy the fresh air as well as learn about life in Vietnam’s countryside with your kids.

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Private time for family

If you want exclusive time and experiences for the family trip, why don’t you take a Private Tour? Our local experts will customize to assure that you have the best time with your family while in Ninh Binh. Feel free to contact us!

Climbing to the top of Mua Cave to witness this amazing scene with your family

Or else, you can consider the Ninh Binh private tour including Hoa Lu, Tam Coc and Mua Cave. Beside Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, Mua Cave will surprise you the whole way from the foot to the top of Ngoa Long mountain. The amazing experience of climbing 500 steps to the peak and getting the marvelous panoramic view of Ninh Binh is the highlight. Standing on the top and letting the wind run through your hair bring a fascinating feeling. A great way to exercise as well as challenge yourself!

Tam Coc Bich Dong tour for Solo Travelers

Generally, a solo traveler would love to explore the place as much as they can. It is a rewarding way to experience the world. So our recommendation is spending 1 or 2 days in Ninh Binh and make the most of those attractions above

Solo travel is one way to experience this amazing world!

You can look at the Hoa Lu Tam Coc Mua Cave or Ninh Binh 2 days for some inspirations!

Some tips for booking a Tam Coc tour Hanoi

  • Booking with a reliable Ninh Binh travel agency to get the most authentic experience. You should check thoroughly to make sure there are no misleading information and hidden costs
  • Check the itinerary and make sure it meet your group type, travel style and budget!
  • When taking a boat ride in Tam Coc, keep your phone and camera away from the water. There are many cases that the cameras are dropped into the water nowhere to be found. On the route, if you want to stop by to take a photo, ask the boatman.
  • Though not compulsory, the boatman always expects for some small tip (50.000 – 100.000 VND) at the end of the boat trip and they will be grateful if you give them some as a thank for delivering the great service.
  • Prepare sun protectors (umbrellas, hats, sunglass and sunblock) to avoid sunburn and getting tired easily since you will spend time outdoors.
  • Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes and because you will be moving around a lot.
  • Coming to religious places such as Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and Bai Dinh Pagoda, please follow the dress code. No skirts, shorts, leggings or inappropriate clothes (Your clothes should be below the knees)
  • You should bring a bottle of water and some light snacks as long as not throw garbages to the places! Or else, you can buy from the locals (they sell things on boat) but try to bargain first!

Have you found the best suitable Tam Coc tour for your upcoming trip to Ninh Binh? If you still confusing, please feel free to contact Original Ninh Binh Tours local experts. We are more than happy to help!

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