You will leaving to Ninh Binh town also known to travellers as Vietnam's Dry Halong Bay, Hoa Lu boasts breathtaking scenery. While Halong Bay has huge rock formations jutting out of the sea, Hoa Lu has the rocks jutting out of the surrounding rice paddies. Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam under the Ding Dynasty (968-980) and the Early Le Dynasty (980-1009). The site was an attractive place for a capital city because of its distance from China and the natural protection afforded by the region's bazaar landscape. The ancient citadel of Hoa Lu, most of which has been destroyed, covered an area of about 3 square km. You will enjoy the boat riding to Tam Coc Cave and continue to visiting of Bich Dong Pagoda and Temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties in the afternoon before returning to Hanoi.