Day 1: Trang An – Bich Dong – Thai Vi - Hang Mua
At 7:30am your driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Hanoi to drive you to the meeting point. Your guide will welcome you there and after a brief instruction we take the bikes to towards the area of Trang An Eco System. The area is also called Ha Long Bay on land and is considered as the best second stunning karst limestone mountain panorama after Ha Long bay in Quang Ninh province. We take a leisurely boat ride for around 2 hours through this stunning area before we continue by bike along the river to our next stop, Bich Dong Pagoda.
Bich Dong means Peal Cave and if you’re lucky on the way we can see a group of monkeys hanging on the green limestone mountains around here or mountain goats playing in the fields. A visit to Bich Dong Pagoda makes you feel free and relax as Buddhism spiritual was founded here hundred years ago.
At around 12.30 a lovely lunch will be served at a local restaurant. After lunch we continuing biking through the countryside and arrive at Thai Vi Temple, located in a big valley of Van Lam hamlet, Ninh Hai Commune. The temple was built to worship 4 kings of the Tran Dynasty and Queen Thuan Thien. It’s hidden in a limestone mountain in the middle of the river, with its unique architecture, entirely out of stone.
We continue our trip towards Hang Mua (Mua Cave Mountain), visit the secret hospital that Vietnamese used in the days of thunder (Vietnam War) inside the cave before we challenge ourselves with 500 steps to the top of the mountain. The reward is there with breathtaking views of the valley and River below.
This place is also called the “Rooftop of Ninh Binh”.
At around 4:30pm we finish the trip at your accommodation where the further day and evening will be at your own interpretation.
Transportation: Private car, cycling and boat ride
Guide: English-speaking tour guide
Accommodation: Bungalow at the River