Itinerary Day 2: Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel – Cooking Class – Bai Dinh Pagoda (B/L)
From 6:30, welcome a new day with sunrise Tai Chi and breakfast before we visit Hoa Lu, which is the site of a 10th-century capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Viet. This small Kingdom covered an area of only 300 hectares and reigned from the 10th century, during the Dinh and Le dynasties, to the 11th century, during the Ly Dynasty. The Kingdom was enclosed by a citadel. The citadel and the Yen Ngua limestone hills provided good defense for this kingdom against the invaders. There are two 17th century temples, modelled after their 11th-century originals that are on most itineraries to Hoa Lu. They are the Dinh Tien Hoang Temple (King Dinh temple) and Le Hoan Temple (King Le Temple).
We then go back to your overnight stay to enjoy a Cooking Lesson. We will show you how to make authentic cakes with simple home-grown ingredients. Enjoy lunch and check out.
In the afternoon, bus pick up to visit the glimmering Bai Dinh pagoda complexes, the largest pagoda, not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast of Asia. Scenically set on the foot hill of Dinh Mountain surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below and dotted and the limestone karsts dotted around which will take your breath away. This pagoda complexes stunningly boast an array of the most massive and magnificent architecture of Vietnamese tradition refined ever built that it takes a full day to explore all so you will visit some of the highlights that owned the national: 500 stone statues of “La Han” (Arhats), 2 huge bronze bells, one weighs 27 tons, other weighs 36 tones and Three bronze statues of Tam The (50 tons each). You get on the bus back to Hanoi where we arrive around 18:30.
Transportation: A/C comfortable transfer
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Guide: English speaking tour guide