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Over a thousand years ago, the stretch of sleepy countryside around Hoa Lu (Hoa Lư) in northerly Ninh Binh province was a lot livelier as the site of the country’s former capital. Reportedly chosen by the Dinh dynasty (AD 968-80) to ensure enough distance between it and its northerly neighbor China, today much of the capital’s former splendor—fortress walls, temples, shrines and more—have been lost to time.

Still, visitors can explore two surviving temples built to honor emperors Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Dai Hanh and the dynasties they represent; the latter includes a small museum housing some artifacts excavated from an old earthen city wall. The Dinh Tien Hoang temple, perhaps the more impressive of the two, got a facelift in the 17th century. Just outside you’ll find the pedestal from his throne, and inside a statue of the emperor depicted with his three sons. A short walk away, some vestiges of the old palace’s foundation, unearthed by the Vietnamese Archaeology Institute in 1998, remain.

To truly soak in the full expanse of the just-over-a-square-mile complex, take the 20-minute walk up Ma Yen mountain via the path near the Hoa Lu ticket booth, it leads to the tombs of the temple’s two namesake emperors and overlooks the region.

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Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc - Mua Cave DELUXE Tour from Hanoi Including Lunch

Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc - Mua Cave DELUXE Tour from Hanoi Including Lunch

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Learn about northern Vietnamese history and rural life on a full-day tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi. See the Hoa Lu temples in the ancient capital of Vietnam, then go to Tam Coc for a sampan ride on a slow-moving river with a landscape of karst formations and caves. Finish up with a bike ride through rural villages. Includes buffet lunch, transportation and guide, all activities, and hotel pickup and drop-off in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.00
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$42.00

Hoa Lu Tam Coc Full-Day DELUXE Tour Including BUFFET LUNCH & River Boat Ride

Hoa Lu Tam Coc Full-Day DELUXE Tour Including BUFFET LUNCH & River Boat Ride

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Visit Hoa Lu and Tam Coc on a full-day tour from Hanoi that explores Vietnam's imperial history and spectacular scenery. See two beautiful temples on the grounds of a former palace, pause for lunch, then cruise to a series of three limestone caves on the Ngo Dong River. Pass soaring limestone mountains and rice paddies at the edge of the river, and take in great views on the scenic trip back to Hanoi. This full-day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc tour includes all transport, entrance fees, activities, and lunch.
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  • 1 day
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$45.00
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Hoa Lu - Tam Coc 1 Day Group Tour

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc 1 Day Group Tour

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Take a tour through some of Vietnam's natural beauty and learn fascinating history on this day trip from Hanoi. Travel to Hoa Lu, the country's first capital, then meet a local family for a home-cooked meal. You'll also take a boat ride through limestone caves in Tam Coc and enjoy a bike ride amidst mountains and rice paddies. A small-group size plus hotel pickup and drop-off add extra appeal. This is an ideal day trip for travelers who want to fit many interesting experiences into a single day, and to escape urban Hanoi for a few hours.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.61
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Ninh Binh Full-Day Tour from Hanoi to Hoa Lu, Tam Coc & Mua Cave Via Boat & Bike

Ninh Binh Full-Day Tour from Hanoi to Hoa Lu, Tam Coc & Mua Cave Via Boat & Bike

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Escape the bustling confines of Hanoi city, and breath the fresh air on this full-day rural Vietnam tour. With a local lunch of goat meat, fried rice and local fruits onboard, you’ll be fueled for an afternoon of action, taking in the scenery by both bamboo boat and mountain bike. See local villagers going about their daily lives as you come to appreciate a quieter slice of Vietnamese culture.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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$51.93
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Hoa Lu - Tam Coc: Boat Trip and Bicycle Ride

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc: Boat Trip and Bicycle Ride

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Escape the fast-pace of life in Hanoi without the hassle of hiring a motorbike on this day trip heading south through the Vietnamese countryside. A digest of thousands of years of Vietnamese history and tradition, this tour stops at Hoa Lu Temple (Vietnam's 10th- and 11th-century capital) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring limestone cliffs pagodas, paddy fields, and small villages which you can bike around.
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  • 10 hours
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Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc DELUXE Tour from Hanoi, Including BUFFET Lunch

Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc DELUXE Tour from Hanoi, Including BUFFET Lunch

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The UNESCO-listed landscapes of Trang An are located at the mouth of the Red River Delta, less than two hours’ drive from Hanoi. On this tour, explore the Buddhist temples of Bai Dinh Pagoda in the morning, then enjoy a typical Vietnamese lunch. In the afternoon, set sail on a scenic cruise around Trang An, admiring the magnificent karst cliffs and natural caves.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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Day Trip to the Ancient Capital of Ninh Binh from Hanoi

Day Trip to the Ancient Capital of Ninh Binh from Hanoi

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Explore a landscape of soaring limestone, rice paddies, and winding rivers on a full-day trip from Hanoi to Ninh Binh Province, including the UNESCO-listed Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex. Visit the imperial temples of Hoa Lu, taste regional cuisine at a local restaurant, and explore the Tam Coc river caves by boat. This 10-hour, small-group tour is limited to 8 people for a personalized experience.
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  • 10 hours
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Guided Day Tour of Mua Caves Ninh Binh Hoa Lu and Hanoi

Guided Day Tour of Mua Caves Ninh Binh Hoa Lu and Hanoi

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See some of the natural wonders of Vietnam’s scenic Ninh Binh Province without blowing out your tight travel schedule with this day-trip from Hanoi. Drive from Hanoi to Ninh Binh in a luxurious limousine bus – no cramped seats and stuffy conditions for this long drive. Discover the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, cycle around local villages and sail down the Tam Coc valley, taking in vibrant rice terraces and towering mountains along the way.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Full-Day Tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi

Full-Day Tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi

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Travel from Hanoi to Hoa Lu, a supreme destination in the Ninh Binh province, renowned as an ancient capital featuring the royal palace grounds of the Le and Dinh dynasties. Visit the 10th-century temples, then ride a boat down the Ngo Dong River to explore the limestone caves of Tam Coc. Opt to include a countryside bike tour to Bich Dong Pagoda. Your day trip includes a buffet lunch and guided commentary with round-trip hotel transport from the Old Quarter.
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  • 1 day
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$37.95
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Luxury Ninh Binh Full Day Tour ( Smaller Group, Better Care)

Luxury Ninh Binh Full Day Tour ( Smaller Group, Better Care)

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LUXURY NINH BINH FULL DAY TOUR offer you Luxury Transfer, Luxury Services. Small Group Tour with only 10-15 guests. We focus on personal care. We provide a wide range of tour. You can choose. Option #1. Luxury Hoa Lu- Tam Coc. Option # 2. Luxury Hoa Lu - Tam Coc- Mua Cave. Option # 3. Luxury Hoa Lu- Trang An. Option # 4. Luxury Trang An- Hoa Lu- Mua Cave. Option # 5. Luxury Trang An- Bai Dinh. Option # 6. Luxury Trang An- Bai Dinh- Mua Cave. Option # 7. Luxury Tam Coc- Cuc Phuong. Option # 8. Luxury Bai Dinh- Thien Ha- Thien Thanh Cave
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Hoa Lu - Tam Coc Deluxe Trip with Buffet Lunch

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc Deluxe Trip with Buffet Lunch

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Experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Hoa Lu and Tam Coc—both popular and picturesque destinations in northern Vietnam. Visit two royal temples in Vietnam’s ancient capital, Hoa Lu, then go boating and biking in Tam Coc, which features a spectacular river and limestone cliff landscape. With historical sites, dramatic scenery, and rural countryside, this tour offers a balance of attractions that are suitable for most travelers.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.00
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Hoa Lu Tam Coc 1 Day From Hanoi

Hoa Lu Tam Coc 1 Day From Hanoi

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Get out of Hanoi for the day and enjoy the natural and historic treasures of Hoa Lu. Tour the remains of the ancient kingdom and learn about the important history of the area. Outdoor enthusiasts will love riding a sampan boat along the Ngo Dong River, and cycling around Tam Coc. Be amazed by the natural caves at Tam Coc, and also enjoy a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch.
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  • 10 hours
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Unique Mua Cave & Tam Coc: Full Day Tour w/ Trekking, Biking, Boat Tour, Cooking

Unique Mua Cave & Tam Coc: Full Day Tour w/ Trekking, Biking, Boat Tour, Cooking

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Active travelers who want to fit a lot of adventure into a single day will love this trip to Mua Cave and beautiful Tam Coc. There, you can enjoy hiking, biking, touring by boat, and fishing, as well as learning about Vietnamese food by taking a cooking class. This tour is ideal for groups of friends traveling together, as the range of activities will entertain everyone.
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  • 12 hours
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$110.00
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Mua Cave Amazing View & Trang An Boat Trip 1 Day Group Tour

Mua Cave Amazing View & Trang An Boat Trip 1 Day Group Tour

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The UNESCO World Heritage-listed landscapes of the Trang An Scenic Complex are popular with visitors from Hanoi, but it’s easy to accidentally tie yourself to a tour with a large group and get lost in the crowd. Don’t run that risk. On this small-group tour, get personalized attention and answers to your questions from your guide as you visit the historic capital of Hoa Lu, the limestone caves of Trang An and the 360-degree views of Tam Coc from the top of Mua Cave.
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  • 1 day
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$48.00
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Luxury Hoa Lu Temples - Mua Cave - Tam Coc Boating - Cycling

Luxury Hoa Lu Temples - Mua Cave - Tam Coc Boating - Cycling

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Luxury shuttle bus trip by LIMOUSINE CAR Visiting the Top Check-in Place for panonamic view of Tam Coc Explore caves on a sampan boat in Tam Coc
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$49.00
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Hoa Lu - Tam Coc full day tour including lunch and bicycle

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc full day tour including lunch and bicycle

Tam Coc is considered as Halong Bay on land, and is must-visit destination near Hanoi. We promise a best value day tour with well designed itinerary, good price and friendly staff, giving nothing but unforgettable memories.
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  • 7 hours
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$38.47
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Deluxe Hoa Lu Trang An Mua Cave Small Group - Cruising, Biking,Hiking, Limousine

Deluxe Hoa Lu Trang An Mua Cave Small Group - Cruising, Biking,Hiking, Limousine

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Highlight of Mua Cave Hoa Lu Trang An Tour ✔️ Take a chance of knowing about Trang An Ecotourism Complex, a world heritage site ✔️ Trying many Trang An Boat Tour more than 2 hours ✔️ Other interesting activities are biking, Vietnamese food, enjoying traditional tea ✔️ Comfortable Limousine tourist car, excellent guide and quality service in general ✔️ Climbing almost 500 steps to the top of Mua cave ✔️ Hoa Lu ancient capital, a treasure of culture, architecture and history of original land of Viet Nam
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  • 12 hours
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$54.00
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Trang An, Hoa Lu, Mua Cave Full Day Trip with Limousine

Trang An, Hoa Lu, Mua Cave Full Day Trip with Limousine

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It can be difficult to get out of the big city when you’re in a country you don’t know. Rather than organising your own trip to the Tràng An Scenic Complex – and braving the Vietnam traffic from behind the wheel of your rental car – join this day trip from Hanoi and take all of the hassle out of the process. Get picked up from your Hanoi Old Quarter hotel taken straight to Tràng An. Spend the day exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s stunning natural landscapes and historic landmarks.
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  • 1 day
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$62.00
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 Ninh Binh Day Trip from Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Tuyet Tinh Coc, and Tam Coc

Ninh Binh Day Trip from Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Tuyet Tinh Coc, and Tam Coc

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See some of the most scenic landscapes in Ninh Binh province: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc. A guide shares insights about the ancient capital and the royal palace grounds of the Le and Dinh dynasties. Then float down the Ngo Dong River past rice fields and karstic rock formations to limestone grottoes among the greenery. The tranquil landscapes are an easy escape from bustling Hanoi.
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  • 9 hours
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Ninh Binh Backstreet Tours - BOAT, BIKE & DAY IN THE LIFE

Ninh Binh Backstreet Tours - BOAT, BIKE & DAY IN THE LIFE

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Mix it up on this Full Day Hanoi – Ninh Binh tours that includes a 2 hour trip in  a car/ mini van, 30 km motorcycle tours, and a 2 hour boat ride through caves, and past rice paddies, villages, and limestone karsts. Enjoying the scenic countryside with a hike up to Mua cave for spectacular panorama view and photo shooting opportunity. The highlight of our tour is the experiences that you gain en route not the destination, we get you engaged with local touches from the food, culture and hands-on experiences and building cultural connections and exchanges through our journey. Duration  Full day Starting time: 6:45 AM – Finishing time: 7:00 PM Pick-up & Drop-off  from your hotels in and around Hanoi Old Quarter.  Otherwise we will pick you up from our  Meeting Point: Hidden Gem Coffee No. 3B Hang tre Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi ( 15 minutes before the tours start )  Style of Tour: Join-group, however, you can order a personalized.
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  • 12 to 13 hours
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$95.00
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$95.00

Tam Coc- Ninh Binh Bicycle and Boat Full-Day Tour from Hanoi

Tam Coc- Ninh Binh Bicycle and Boat Full-Day Tour from Hanoi

Experience beautiful Ninh Binh province on this boat and bicycle excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup in Hanoi, explore the temples of Vietnam’s historic capital, enjoy a traditional complimentary lunch and sampan boat ride to the limestone caves of Tam Coc. Then, hop on bicycle and pedal through Tam Coc’s picturesque countryside.
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  • 9 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$54.00
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Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Mua Cave w/ Amazing View- All Inclusive

Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Mua Cave w/ Amazing View- All Inclusive

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This tour take you to the most beautiful landscape of Ninh Binh province,you can learn about Viet Nam culture, meeting local friendly people and get many panoramic photos at the best of the North Viet Nam. Highlight: - Visit Hoa Lu - An ancient capital of Viet Nam in 10th century - Have a buffet lunch with delicious local and Viet Nam foods. - Enjoy unique boat trip to visit Trang An cave complex and the scene of King Kong film. - Biking around Trang An area and enjoy Vietnamese tea break. - Visit Mua Cave - Climb up to the top of Mua Island to get great view to see or take pictures of Tam Coc.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.26
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Ninh Binh full day tour: Hoa Lu - Tuyet Tinh Coc - Trang An

Ninh Binh full day tour: Hoa Lu - Tuyet Tinh Coc - Trang An

• Visit the ancient Dinh King temple in the Hoa Lu Capital  • Enjoy the peaceful panoramic view and Am Tien Cave at Tuyet Tinh Coc  • Have the Vietnamese buffet lunch at local restaurant  • Enjoy the sampan boat trip in Trang An landscape  • Visit Kong Skull Island film studio where the film was shot there
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.24
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Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc/Trang An - FOLK MUSIC SHOW - DELUXE Small Group Tour

Hoa Lu - Mua Cave - Tam Coc/Trang An - FOLK MUSIC SHOW - DELUXE Small Group Tour

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The historic temples, natural caves, and dramatic karst cliffs of Ninh Binh Province lie just south of Hanoi. On this tour, visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and the beautiful Mua Cave, cruise around the UNESCO-listed landscapes of Tam Coc on a traditional sampan, and enjoy a scenic bike ride through the countryside, passing lush rice paddies and rural villages.
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  • 11 hours
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$59.17
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Hoa Lu can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 247 Hoa Lu tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Hoa Lu costs USD 8.21. Guided Hoa Lu tours start around USD 8.21 per person. See all 247 Hoa Lu tickets and tours on Viator.
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