We had four days to fill with activities in Hanoi. We had already mapped out our meals, which is always a priority when we travel, so it was time to figure out what we could do between bites.
Ha Long Bay was an obvious choice so we booked an overnight cruise with Klook. I was searching for other interesting things to do in Hanoi and this day trip to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc caught my eye. About two hours south of Hanoi in Ninh Binh province, it features a boat ride through the Hoang Long River amidst rice paddies and towering limestone mountains on all sides. Like many people, I’ve come to associate these limestone formations with Northern Vietnam so it seemed a great way to spend the day.
We booked this Hoa Lu – Tam Coc Day Trip on Klook for USD 36 each. There’s our guide Feng Shui giving us a rundown of the day’s itinerary. I can’t remember exactly why he calls himself Feng Shui. I think it has something to do with his name either sounding like or meaning…