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Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

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Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

I have spent the past hour reading posts here, so much great advice.

I have 9 nights in Hanoi coming up in October, I love trekking, beautiful scenery, I also like the idea of cycling through the countryside and would appreciate your thoughts.

I saw an advert for a day trip to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or do you think Trang An would be a better option? If so would you look at these as a day trip or with an overnight stay?

I was also thinking about two days / 1 night in Sapa.

What are your thoughts please?

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1. Re: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

Visit Trang An. Stay a night or two.

Not sure whether harvest will be going on in October.

Scott will know. :)

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2. Re: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

"Not sure whether harvest will be going on in October.

Scott will know. :)"

Well it was in 2014, Bill ;-)

And yes, a night or two for the area would be better.

Scott

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3. Re: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

Hi Scott and Bill,

I have been reading up on your suggestion, it sounds great, Tam Coc sounds like the place to base my stay (but not the river tour), would you say 3 days 2 nights is sufficient?

Andy.

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4. Re: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

2 days is Tam Coc are a minimum. And why not the TC River boat ride ? It is magnificent. To avoid the crowds, do it between 8 and 11, before the groups arrive from Hanoi, or at 16h, after they have left. The entire area is a bicycling heaven

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5. Re: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

Guys you have definitely won me over, two final questions if I may-

1. Is there a hotel that you would recommend in Tam Coc?

2. Are there one or two restaurants / Bars in Tam Coc?

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6. Re: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

"1. Is there a hotel that you would recommend in Tam Coc?"

Sorry Andy, I can't help with that as we stayed in Ninh Binh itself.

You could have a look at a place like Nguyen Shacks, though. They have a homestay down in the Mekong that gets pretty good raps.

Scott

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7. Re: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

You can stay at very famous Chez Loan, a small establishment with regular rooms, bungalows on a small river, and a pool, smack in the middle of the rice fields and limestone peaks 800 m from the crowded center, and which has one the best restaurants in town. As far as bars and restaurants in Tam Coc, "Main Street" is lined with them, including a brand new Indian, Aroma, in fact of branch of the excellent Ganesh chain

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8. Re: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

thoroughly recommend Tam Coc Family Hotel, 1 min walk to boat pier & restaurants, great breakfast & the absolute sweetest hotel owners I have ever met

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9. Re: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

I am extremely grateful to everyone here for taking the time to assist, incredible advice from start to finish, thank you.

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10. Re: Hoa Lu and Tam Coc or Trang An / SAPA

I stayed in Tam Coc and used it as a base to cycle around the area.

Been on both the Trang An and Tam Coc boat rides, and Trang An wins hands down. Nicer scenery, longer trip, and rest/refreshment stops as well. (None at Tam Coc - just hawkers selling refreshments and souvenirs.)

I was at Tam Coc Family Hotel. One of the nicest hotels I've stayed at in SEAsia. Great value for money and run by a really lovely family. (Take a look on Booking.com)

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