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Tam Coc Ninh Binh | The Truly Paradise For Nature Lover This Summer

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Tam Coc is definitely a destination that you must not skip in your journey if you have a chance to travel to Ninh Binh.

In Vietnamese, Tam Coc also means “Three caves” and this name comes from the unique characteristics of Tam Coc geography. It has another name of Xuyen Thuy and is considered as the small version of Halong or “Halong Bay on land” and one of the most famous tourist attractions in Ninh Binh. The destination carries its distinctive highlight with limestone mountain systems and a range of historical sites that remain from a very long time ago.

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A stunning view of “Halong Bay on land”

Nowadays, Tam Coc is exploited for tourism and many infrastructures are built to support travel development and a better experience for tourists. However, Tam Coc still keeps well its pristine and simple beauty of nature that will satisfy the expectations of every tourist coming here.

If you are interested in this place and have the intention to travel in Tam Coc, the recommendation below will be likely to help you with useful information.

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Some beforehand information of Tam Coc Vietnam for you 

How to get to Tam Coc from Hanoi?

Ninh Binh is just far from Hanoi within 2-3 hours drive, therefore, there are many choices for you. You can choose to go by train, bus, private car, motorbike or taxi. If you are solo travelers, motorbike will be a great choice and can be an interesting experience when traveling in Vietnam.

If you prefer safety, train is a really suitable option, however, this transportation can take you much more time than the others that you should consider the time schedule before choosing this type. For the best experience of safety and comfort, private car or taxi is great idea.

>>> For the detailed information, check Hanoi to Tam Coc – transports and tickets

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You can find many buses to Ninh Binh in Giap Bat Station

Where to stay in Tam Coc Ninh Binh?

Actually, Tam Coc is very near Hanoi, therefore, you will completely be able to take a day trip to Ninh Binh, visiting Tam Coc and then come back to Hanoi to relax.

Nevertheless, if you want to stay here for some days, there are lots of hotels and beautiful homestays in Ninh Binh that have a spectacular view of mountains and rivers at a really reasonable price. Before you have any decision, it is important to check your time schedule carefully.

Some recommened homestays for you: Ninh Binh Valley Homestay, Ninh Bình Panorama Homestay, Chezbeo Homestay. Booking in advance on Booking.com or Agoda.com for the best price!

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A lovely homestay in Ninh Binh with a beautiful view of nature

The list of Best Things To Do in Tam Coc Ninh Binh

Tam Coc boat ride with locals – Amazing experience should try in this place

Boat ride becomes a traditional and typical activity of Tam Coc that makes you surprised with flooded surrounding landscapes. On this bamboo boat, you will pass through dumpling-shaped karst mountains and the long and winding river with two sides of majestic mountains and impressive rice fields. All of the scenery brings tourists the feeling of peace and relaxation immersing into stunning nature.

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Tourists getting excited on a boat ride with local in Tam Coc

Sometimes, you can see several goats on the high mountains and cliffs or naughty fish swimming under the crystal clear water of Tam Coc. In addition, you will have an opportunity to explore three impressive caves in Tam Coc known as Hang Ca, Hang Giua and Hang Cuoi which are naturally shaped from limestone and created into unique appearance.

After exploring three caves in Tam Coc, a local will ride your boat to come back. On your way, you can stop at a famous destination such as Thai Vi Temple, which was established from the 13th century and remains lots of historical and cultural value of the country until now.

Exploring villages and local lifestyle through cycling routine

Although surrounded by a range of high mountains, Tam Coc has a quite flat road which is convenient for riding a bicycle around. It is not difficult to hire a bike in Tam Coc, you can have your hotel hire a bike or find it by yourself since there are lots of bike providers here at the price ranging from about 80.000 VND to 100.000 VND per day, depending on which kind of bike.

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Riding bicycle the village to explore the locals’ life is worth trying

Riding a bicycle and passing through giant rice fields will make an unforgettable memory in your life. On your routine, you can meet the children herding buffalo or hard-working farmers at their rice fields. From here, you can learn more about life in the countryside of Vietnam while enjoying the fresh atmosphere among the stunning landscapes.

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Also, don’t forget to bring along your fully charged camera to take as many pictures as possible!

Exploring Bich Dong

Whenever you visit Tam Coc, you should have a visit to Bich Dong since these two destinations are very nearby and really worth seeing. Hence, there is a kind of popular tour in Ninh Binh called Tam Coc – Bich Dong Tour. You can also think of Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Bich Dong – Mua Cave trip from Hanoi!

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Bich Dong – The Heaven Cave with historical value

Bich Dong, also known as Jade Grotto, is just only 2 kilometers far from Tam Coc to the southwest. Here you can not only explore a mysterious cave with impressive architecture which is also one hundred percent naturally created with cliffs and unique shapes of limestone.

This pagoda-cave used to be hidden by the thick roots of banyan trees growing strongly in the surrounding, and it is believed to be found out by the monks then they built a pagoda right next to the cave that you can see nowadays.

When is the best time for traveling to Tam Coc?

You can travel in Tam Coc at any time of a year, depending on your time schedule. However, there are some differences in diverse periods of time that can bring you a brand new experience here.

In April, the weather is quite comfortable, dry and there is no humidity of spring in Northern Vietnam and it is not too much sunny. Therefore, you can enjoy your boat ride or other experience in the greatest way.

Between January and March (according to Lunar Calendar), there are some famous festivals in the nearby area such as Bai Dinh Pagoda Festival or Truong Yen Festival in Hoa Lu. Therefore, you can come here at that time to enjoy these traditional festivals and learn more about Vietnamese and religious culture.

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The scene of crowded and fascinating Bai Dinh Festival in Spring

Between May and June, you will have a great chance to contemplate the ripe rice season in Tam Coc with a spectacular picture of yellow rice fields in the watery and mountainous scenery. This marvelous image can give you overwhelming feeling and perhaps you will not want to leave this place at all.

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Rice fields with appealing color arrays of yellow

Other destination when visiting Tam Coc

You can look for some suggestion in Ninh Binh Tours or consider these places

Thai Vi Temple

Thai Vi Temple is a respectful place which is dedicated to many kings of Tran Dynasty and queen Tran Thi Dung. This temple was constructed in the time of war fighting against Nguyen Mong invaders, therefore, it is the proof for the fierce war and period of Vietnamese history. You can have a bicycle trip or walk from Tam Coc boating to get to Thai Vi Temple because it is only 2 kilometers distance.

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A picture of Thai Vi Temple and beautiful surrounding scenery

Thien Huong Cave

Thien Huong Cave is located on the way from Ngo Dong to Thai Vi Temple, therefore, it is convenient to visit both of these destinations. This cave is dry and bright, lying in the middle of the mountain so that it is also called as “Dong Troi” (Heaven Cave). Coming into the cave, you can see the temple of Queen Tran Thi Dung, wife of King Ly Hue Tong, who had a great contribution on bringing embroidery to local people.

It is undeniable that Tam Coc is worth a must-visit place in Ninh Binh. If you are wondering where to go in this summer vacation, immediately take your chance to explore the wonderful Tam Coc with impressive yellow rice field in this summer!

If you have any questions or if you want further information and advice, please feel free to contact us, the Original Hoa Lu – Tam Coc team. It is our pleasure to help you plan your perfect trip to Ninh Binh province!

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