Morning, after breakfast at hotel, private transfer about 100 km South of Hanoi (2.5 hour drive) to Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province. Discover the first capital of Vietnam, which was founded in the 10th Century by the Dinh Dynasty as a stronghold against the Northern invaders and shortly later was inherited by the Le Dynasty. Visit the two old temples one dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang, the only king of the Dinh Dynasty and also Vietnam’s first emperor and the other to the succeeding kings of the Le Dynasty.
Get on the bike and cycling through serene hamlets, temples, bamboo trees, along the canals, communal house and countryside market (7 km) to Van Long stilt-house. Enjoy lunch with goat meat, the most authentic cuisine of Ninh Binh province.
Afternoon, you’re transferred by buffalo-cart to Van Long Nature reserve, a 3,000 ha area of wetland and limestone mountain. Take a small bamboo boat to travel around and enjoy the scenic views of towering mountains, vast expanse of water and flocks of bird. Rich in wildlife, Van Long is home to a many species of migratory birds and a wide variety of animals including those rare and endangered like the Delacour’s langur. The reserve is an ideal bird-watching place where you may sight white storks, herons, spoonbills, pygmy geese and crakes. It’s 1-hour relaxable boating. Overnight in Emeralda resort near from the Nature reserve