Tam Coc
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Tam Coc Located in Ninh Binh province 100 km southeast of Hanoi, Hoa Lu and Tam Coc are two of the most picturesque spots in all of the north. For 41 years, from 968 to 1009 CE, Hoa Lu was the ancient capital of Vietnam. Nearby Tam Coc is often referred to as “Ha Long among the rice paddies.” Visitors are conveyed by rowboat along the peaceful Tam Coc stream past green fields and the feet of mountains into the mouths of caves, where they encounter new surprises, like stalactites and stalagmites that shimmer like gemstones just inches from the water.
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fal3
19 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
The scenery is nice but it’s heavily polluted by infrastructure.

Don’t go for a boat tour here. Trang An is 100 times better, there’s a reason this isn’t part of the UNESCO site. It’s a decent place to walk around however.
Written 19 January 2023
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Foothill
Pasadena38 contributions
Dec 2022
Tam Coc is surrounded by exceptional beauty, best experienced by bicycle. Explore the roads leading out of town in multiple directions. Surprises abound, in the fields, mountains and waterways. No need to sign up for an organized tour or guide. This is a place for serendipity.
Written 7 January 2023
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sofia
Thai Binh, Vietnam7 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Nice place
Nice river but I had my tour guide said time nicest on May or September:(
But this time still nice trip with me :)
Written 4 January 2023
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helen12397
Nelson, New Zealand10 contributions
Dec 2022
Boring with pushy locals trying to sell you crap.
It's so worth going 10kms further and an extra 100,000vnd to Trang An boat tours which is fantastic.
Written 31 December 2022
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M N
1 contribution
Dec 2022 • Couples
Upon arrival to the check in, we were schooled at the stark difference in the written price that was scribbled on a piece of paper, verses the billboard advertisement that was 10 feet to the side of it. With a price paid of $390,000 Dong, this is an expensive activity by itself in Vietnam. We got in the boat, and off we went with a quiet lady who began rowing with her feet. This was way cool! She began hollering in Vietnamese at the passing boats, which we took as small talk at first, with normal scoffing and bickering to passing boats and even locals on land.
Our boat driver stopped the boat in the middle of the tour to get some mangoes from another boat driver. Interesting we thought.
After paddling a long time with her feet, going through some amazing sights, we also saw a lot of littering and disappointment.
After going under several wonderful caves, we came to a halt with no explanation. A con boat came up and tried making us purchase food and drink for the tired boat driver. The price started at $150,000 Dong and went down to $80,000 Dong for some mangos and a soda that the lady con artist wanted us to pay for, for the boat driver. When we refused, the con boat paddled away, but the boat driver refused to paddle - we were stranded and she said “ too tired” implying she was too tired to paddle away.
After some time and puzzled waiting, she began paddling back. When coming up to the dock, she stopped again and demanded a tip. We tipped $100,000 Dong but she looked at it and requested double, $200,000 Dong. We refused to pay and finally she towed ashore.

Never again! Friendly advice. Save your money and go to Tra Ang boat tour it is 200 percent better in every way.
Written 27 December 2022
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Pat
7 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
We did the boats tour. The whole experience was super disappointing.
1) it is insanely expensive (we paid 18$ for the two of us)
2) unfriendly people driving the boat: our guide tried to sell us some pictures and, different to the city, you can not walk away if you are on a boat on a 2 h trip
3) after harassing us, the tour guide asked us for a tip. Since we felt very bad throughout the trip, we did not pay it and were scolded put
4) 2h boats trip is just super boring. There are a lot of tourists on their phones, understandably.
5) in the middle if the tour, there are other merchants who pressure you to buy something. Our tour guide even drove us to the merchants and did not turn away, although we told her we were not interested
6) boring caves: the caves were not worth a visit

This is one more attraction where you as a tourist are just seen as walking money. Overall, we saw an inverse correlation between entry prices and services offered. The more expensive, the shittier it is. Frustrated because od the experience, my bf and I decided to do a trip through Ninh Binh on our own and not engage in any touristy activity. We found a temple which was free of entry and was the nicest temple you will see in Vietnam! They are Chua Ky Lan and Thap Chua Bac.
Please save your money and time and skip this!
Written 23 December 2022
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SILKE R
Soller, Spain17 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Very nice landscape and nace People. We really e enjoyed the stay.
Going by bien enjoying the nice views or going by boat was really worth it.
Written 18 December 2022
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Miguel M
Ciudad Real, Spain19 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Tam coc has majestic landscapes and pagodas.

However tam coc municipality support scammers.
They do nothing to prevent scam parkings. Never park anywhere where they yell at you, whistle, tell you road is closed or that you cannot entry, etc.. these are just SC*mb*GS trying to rip you off.

For the boat trip I advise you to do it in Trang An (they have it very organized, rowers are very polite and friendly). They will not ask you for a tip. But most people will give them at the end because you realize they did a great job during three hours. In Tam Coc, is a different story, they will try to scam you: asking for tips consistently, and they will tell you to give them more... Other "partners in crime" will approach your boat asking to buy something for you. If you refuse they will ask you to buy something for rower. And will not let you return until you buy something or you spend several minutes arguing.

Written 9 December 2022
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Kinga
2 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
The płace is really beautiful but the local people destroy all the charm of the area. They are rude and they force you to give them money. The locals treated us as the walking wallets. At the end of the kayak trip they insisted on buying things and at the end the rower repeated obsessively , we were shocked. We gave him 10K even though I didnt want to give him anything because of his rude behaviour. He took the money and he was very nervous that we didnt give him more.
During the kayak trip the women on the other kayaks proposed obsessively to do us some photos - of course to pay for it. They do not understand the word .
I’ve never met the ruder local people. Rude, insisting and making the trip annoying.
Written 3 December 2022
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DAG4
Israel230 contributions
Oct 2022
One of the best attraction we had in Vietnam. We took the boat riding between the gorge and trough the caves, it was outstanding experience. It was also nice to see how so many woman and old people from the comminute get income from this attraction and how it nicely combine with the surrounded nature
Written 10 October 2022
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