Tam Coc - Ha Long Bay on the Land,How to get from Hanoi to Tam Coc
The Tam Coc Complex includes Tam Coc and Bich Dong, which are situated in Van Lam village, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. Recognized as a special national heritage, Tam Coc is often called ‘Ha Long Bay on the land’ for its system of limestone grottoes and historical relics from the Tran dynasty in the 13 th and 14 th century. Tam Coc, literally " three caves " consists of three natural caves — Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. To reach Tam Coc, you must board a small boat at the wharf and get rowed up the sinuous Ngo Dong River past Xuyen Thuy cave and pockets of rice fields. Tam Coc is charmingly beautiful in any season. In spring, bright green rice fields spread along the river banks, turning into silky yellow beds in the fourth lunar month. In the summer while traveling on the Ngo Dong River, visitors will enjoy an enticing lotus fragrance while listening to the locals recounting legends about each cliff or mountain in the shape of a tortoise or dragon head. After the 2-hour excursion returns you to Tam Coc wharf and go an additional 2 km to Bich Dong, considered the second most beautiful cave in Vietnam. The Bich Dong area consists of a cave and a pagoda built on a limestone hill in 1428 under King Le Thai To. After praying to Buddha in Bich Dong Pagoda, visitors climb 21 stone steps to Toi cave (Dark cave) whose stalactites are shaped like fairies, errand-boys, hovering dragons, swimming tortoises, elephants, and tigers. 40 more steps take you to go to the Upper Pagoda, from where you can enjoy the best views of Bich Dong.1, The direction and transprotation
Located in Ninh Binh province, 95 km south of Hanoi. Tourists have 4 ways to visit Trang An: Motorbike, car, bus or train.
Bus: Take a Bus to Ninh Binh from the bus station in Hanoi (Giap Bat bus station or My Dinh bus station), every 30 minutes will have a bus to go there, from 5am to 11pm everyday. The names of Ninh Binh bus are Sao Viet, Cuong Hung, Hoang Long, Vu Thuong, Gia Minh, Hien Tinh, etc. The price ticket is from 70000 VND to 100000 VND per person.
Car, mortobike: Start in Hanoi, go to Giai Phong street, turn to Phap Van – Cau Gie highway, keep moving to Ninh Binh province. Then drive on 30-6 street until you see a intersection, turn right on DT 491C street. It will take you about 150 minutes from Hanoi to Tam Coc complex.
Train: Take a train in Giai Phong train station and it will drop you in Ninh Binh train station, then you will have to take a taxi or motortaxi to go to Tam Coc.
2, The price ticket
The price to have a boat trip in Tam Coc is 150,000 VND. It will take you about 3 hours to go around Tam Coc, visit 3 caves. Each boat has about 4-5 person.
Ninh Binh is not only famous for its beautiful with many tourist attractions but also for special and delicious food. The famous food here smell and taste with the flavor of limestone mountains where locals feed animals. If you have a chance to visit Ninh Binh, don’t miss to try some special foods which are cooked by locals with good cooking skills such as goat meat, rice crust, mountain snail, Nhech fish salad, Kim Son wine,etc. Around Tam Coc complex has a lot of restaurants.
In Tam Coc, there is many hotels, hostel or homestays to stay. If you want to stay overnight there, you can book a room in Ninh Binh city or near Hoa Lu, Tam Coc before visting here to make sure.
- You should ask the price first before buying something in Tam Coc
- Book a room first before visiting here in some websites such as Agoda, booking.com, etc.
By Kevin Phong
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