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Address: Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh 400000, Vietnam
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Located in Ninh Binh province 100 km southeast of Hanoi, Hoa Lu and 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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Tam Coc is lovely, not yet quite as overpoweringly touristy as Halong Bay so I recommend getting there soon. It is touristy though, so do not expect to have the river to yourself... read more

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sfauntie
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Tam Coc is lovely, not yet quite as overpoweringly touristy as Halong Bay so I recommend getting there soon. It is touristy though, so do not expect to have the river to yourself. The hour and half being rowed along the river and under a couple of limestone caves was a lovely relaxing time. There is a bit of 'buy... More 

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puerto princesa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Tam Coc means "three caves" and hordes of tourists hire boats for the 2 hour return trip along the river which passes through the three caves. Although there were many visitors it was still quite enjoyable relaxing in the boat while local boatsmen and women row the boat. Although they occasionally row the boat with their hands, most of them... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good family activities to get on a boat and explore Tam Coc. Or you can hire bikes to drive around, the scenery is beautiful and very relaxing

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The scenery is absolutely amazing. Start as early as possible, around 7 am to avoid the crowds. I had the place to myself on the way down. It was a shame our rower basically demanded a tip.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A 2 hour trip out and back amongst huge Karsts (limestone formations) rising out of the paddy fields. Thankfully you don't have to row yourself but enjoy the scenery and admire the rowers only using their feet! 3 caves on the way just add to the fun. When you get to the half way point women in boats will sell... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful experience being ridden down the river on a row boat as it was rather picturesque and exciting, especially when we were taken through caves. We also had a lovely bike ride through rice paddy fields and small villages.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed in Tam Coc, close to the river bank from which row boats departed to take tourists along the river. Magnificent scenes of limestone outcrops abound, including sailing through caves into total darkness, only to emerge into stunningly beautiful scenes leading to the river through the next cave. In early stretch of the ride, the daily lives of locals... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fortunately, it is not your own thighs being tested. Men and many women apply their amazing rowing technique using mainly feet and legs to propel your rowing boat along a 1 1/2 - 2 hour trip through the most outlandish landscape of steep cliffs rising magically out the other wise flat paddy fields, and through huge tunnels. Stunning experience. Bring... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed a little bit more than 24 hours and really enjoyed this area. We had a good program for the day thanks to our host at Chez Loan who tailored a day tour for us to see the best places with the less tourists. Yes some of the places can be really crowded! Magnificent sceneries all day long, we... More 

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Nha Trang, Vietnam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tam Cốc-Bích Động is a popular tourist destination in north Vietnam and part of the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located in Ninh Binh province, near the village of Tam Cốc. The closest city is Ninh Binh. The scenic beauties are awesome. You can even do a bike safari passing through the village. It... More 

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