Hoa Lu Tam Coc, A magic Halong Bay on land between the rice fields and moutains
A group islets along a river, there is one of King Kong series was filmed here. A must-go with an amazed sight-seeing. And that will be the next destination that Vietnam Amazing Tours would like to introduce to tourists.
So you guys must have been wondering that which place you should see in Hoa Lu - Tam Coc.
Thing to see in Hoa Lu Tam Coc
Boat-rowing along the river
Mostly recommeded thing to do in Tam Coc is taking a boat trip along a river, because only when you do the boat trip, you can see most of those beautiful places here. The rower will go along the river, both side of it are these magical mysterious mountains and feracious rice-fields, it makes me feel like I’m lost in a secret land that being fo gotten for thousand years. If you are lucky, you may reach here when it is harvest season, it will be full of yellow along with the green colours of the grass. During these 2 hours on the boat, the rower will take you to 3 caves which is Hang Ca, Hang Giua, Hang Cuoi, then ends at the floating market.
Tip: Get a hat in case it will be burning in the summer.
Ticket price: 150.000 VND to get into Tam Coc, 120.000 VND / boat for 2 people.
See aslo: 10 THINGS TO DO IN HA LONG BAY
Bich Dong Pagoda
In Tam Coc, there is an unique pagoda which was built in 1428, located on Ngu Nhac mountain. With its unique structure, it’d attracted so many tourists come to see the peaceful which is rarely can see in the modern life. You can rent a motorbike to go there from the center of Tam Coc. If you don’t know the way, just ask the locals, they will show you how to get there. You will pay a little parking fee, about 5.000 to 10.000 VND.
See also: Bai dinh temple and Trang an Eco area.
From the bottom of the mountain, you can see those stairs leading to the top, it looks like the mini version of the Great Wall in China. Both sides of those stairs were decorated with the dragon sign which is a simple of the ancient Vietnam Dynasty. From the top of Mua Cave you can see the over view of Tam Coc, I’m sure that it will blow you mind.
Ticket price : 100.000/person.
Cycling around the village
Another great experience that you should do in Tam Coc is cycling. You can rent one with just 50.000 VND for all day. When doing cycle, you can see the rice fields in front of your eyes, or how the locals harvest the rice, also you can come into a local’s house to see how Vietnamese people in countryside live, it’s totally different from the city life that you saw in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh city.
Hoa Lu ancient capital
Because of many mountains surrounding, it could be used for defense, Hoa Lu was choosen to be capital of the anciant dynasties in Vietnam which was Dinh, Le,Ly… Nowaday, travellers can come to see those temples,pagodas,King’s tomb. Especially, in April, there is a festival will be held in Hoa Lu which has bunch of activities such as folk games, selling items, …. From Tam Coc to Hoa Lu is about 10 km, through Trang An eco tourism, by the way you can also check it out with this one.
Ticket price : 20.000 VND / person
This sunny valley called Thung Nang, one of the best place to take a great shot of rice fields in Ninh Binh. Harvest season is in May and June, also the best time to get here. April will be an option if you don’t really like the touristy. If you reach to Ninh Binh in other months, you should get a motorbike instead of taking a boat to go around here.
Ticket price : 60.000 / boat for 2 people.
How to get to Tam Coc
You can get here by bus or train which takes 2 hours for Hanoi via Travel agents or online via Vietnamamazingtours.com
What to eat in Tam Coc
You should try the goat meat and Com chay (one-pan fried rice) because those two are the specialities of Ninh Binh. There are so many restaurant around but I could highly recommended Trung Tuyet restaurant.
Where to stay in Tam Coc
There are so many places to stay in Tam Coc with many prices, too. You can book a room or a bed in dormitory or a homestay via Booking.com, Agoda, Expedia or send an email to Vietnamamazingtours.com, they will do the best to give you some good recommendations.
Up here is some things that you should do, should try, should eat and should stay in Hoa Lu Tam Coc, a famous destination in Northern Vietnam. However, this time it has an easier way to do all of these, you can book a day tour which included every single things I mentioned here with an affordable costs and best service quality.
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