Tam Coc

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Three caves

Tam Coc located in the Ninh Binh province, is located 100Km (62 miles) south of Hanoi and 5km (3 miles) from the centre of the Ninh Binh town.  This place is breathtaking. The landscape consists of limestone outcrops and rices paddies along the Ngo Dong River. Tam Coc is essentially a flooded karst system, with three long tunnel caves eroded by limestone hills. These three natural caves are named Hang Cam, Hang Gialla and Hang Chateau. Often referred to as the Ha Long bay on land! A trip to this natural beauty, will have you row boating along the charming and peaceful Tam Coc system, rowing past rice paddy fields and into the mouths of the caves! Inside the mouth of a cave you will witness the gorgeous stalactites and stalagmite formations. It is easy to see why Tam Coc is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Day trip

As we were based in Hanoi, we chose the option of taking a one day tour to Tam Coc. Our tour was with about eight other people, we departed Hanoi in a mini bus. Our first stop was at the Hoa Lu ancient capital, here we were able to visit King Dinh and King Le’s Temples. Hoa Lu was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, so it was really interesting to see this historic location.

Next stop, the Tam Coc wharf were a Vietnamese buffet lunch was part of the agenda. After lunch, we rowed through the gorgeous Ngo Dong river, also referred to as the green sea!  I was in awe of the incredible scenery. The views are stunning. Seeing these formations was one of my highlights from the whole trip to Vietnam.

After the sailing tour, we were able to bike ride around the village before departing for Hanoi. The biking tour was fun, as we rode past the rice paddies and were able to see the local area.

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22 thoughts on “Tam Coc”

  1. It’s good to know you can see this with just a day trip outside of Hanoi! It’s been on my list for quite some time; I find all the photos quite stunning!

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  2. How beautiful! The greenery, water and mountains take my breath away. Definitely is a place to visit! Thank you for your images….. I was able to soak in the beauty!

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  3. Wow, your photos are amazing! Looks so beautiful there! This is the second post I’ve read about Vietnam today and it must be a sign I need to add it to my places to travel list!

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  4. One question… why is the river called green sea? Is the color green or is it surrounded by greenery?
    This place is sooo breathtaking. Beautifully captured on ur camera 🎥… just cant wait to go

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