Discover Ninh Binh By Bike – 3 Days 2 Nights
Destinations: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Cathedral Phat Diem - Hanoi
Ninh Binh province is famous for day trippers from the capital of Hanoi, and there are now high end properties which can satisfy even the most sophisticated travelers. You will discover the charm of Ninh Binh by bike as you visit Van Long Nature Reserve, Cuc Phuong National Park, Bai Dinh Pagoda (the biggest pagoda in Vietnam), the Hoa Lu ancient capital, Trang An (a new candidate for Natural World Heritage Site listing), Tam Coc and Bich Dong Pagodas, and the famous Phat Diem Cathedral.
Day 1: Hanoi - Van Long - Cuc Phuong National Park (L, D)
You will be picked up at 8:00 am at the hotel and leave Hanoi for a two hour drive along Highway One (formerly Mandarin Road). You will start cycling from Dich Long Bridge and bike on the dyke of Van Long Nature Reserve. You will see caves, green rice fields, limestone peaks and the rural life of the locals. Your final biking destination of this morning will be your hotel.
In the afternoon (following a short transfer by van to the Cuc Phuong National Park) you will visit the Primates Rescue Center. You will then cycle up hills further into the jungle (18km), which is a challenging ride, but worth it once you find yourself in the middle of the jungle, listening to the musical sound of the local birds. Next, you will go back to the comfort of your hotel where you will enjoy the spa and dine in style. You will also have the option to take a boat cruise or do absolutely nothing and simply relax before an overnight stay.
Cycling Distance: 30 km
Day 2: Bai Dinh Pagoda - Dinh and Le Temples - Tam Coc - Thai Vi Temple - Bich Dong Pagoda (B, L,D)
You will travel by van to Bai Dinh Pagoda, which is the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. From here, you will start cycling on the countryside road to Hoa Lu, an ancient citadel of Vietnam, dating back to the 10th century. You will stop here in order to visit Dinh and Le Temples, as well as Nhat Tru Pagoda (or the One Pillar Pagoda) and Yen Ngua Mountain, which is reached on f