Our tour guide and driver wil pick you up at your hotel and drive to Ninh Binh, one of the ancient capitals of Vietnam during 10th and early 11th centuries. Enjoy a 95km drive through rural northern Vietnam to the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Situated on the edge of the Red River Delta in a narrow valley surrounded by limestone mountains. After visiting the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel which are dedicated to the two former Vietnamese Kings, you will take enjoyments from a relaxing ride on small sampans on the river as we are rowed through winding rivers cutting through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Tam Coc Caves. Enormous limestone karsts jut out from the green rice fields, which is why this area is often referred to as ‘the dry Halong’. The boats are rowed by a local man or woman into the caves, you will have a chance to witness the daily life of local people, watch them making the embroidery, a traditional product here for many years, share funs with them... After visit, disembarkation and return to Hanoi for refreshment. This evening we enjoy a water puppet show at Thang Long theatre. We enjoy a late dinner at local restaurant.