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About Hoa Lu - Tam Coc
Ninh Binh City Tour is local travel company based in Ninh Binh. We offered both Ninh Binh Tour Packages and and Customized Tours at reasonable price.
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Hoa Lu - Tam Coc
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AGM-MARTZ wrote a review Jun 2019
Nairobi, Kenya96 contributions55 helpful votes
Book a day tour via Getyourguide.com. The local partner was Go Asia Travel. Reached travel agency and bus was ready for the journey. Emma helped me to renew my Internet Data package. Visited the temples at HOA LU and learnt history of two kings and their Dynasty. Had buffet lunch with a variety. Than proceeded to the boat ride at TAM COC to take a boat ride and see the three caves. The tour guide DUC was excellent and helpful at each stage of the Journey. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Marlin wrote a review May 2019
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Hoa Lu temples are okay but Tam Coc is really nice. The scenery is gorgeous with the round trip boat ride. It was a long boat ride under the hot sun (about 1.5 hours) but it was worth it. We could go through the cave and see the stalagmites. A memorable experience. We skipped the bike riding as we couldn't bear the heat.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Daniel T wrote a review Feb 2019
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions2 helpful votes
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Thanks to our tour guide ‘Tom Cruise’, who proved to be a fantastic and helpful man. We had a great time at the national parks exploring the ancient temples, and our bike ride was fantastic. Our did a very important thing, which was to advise us on what was a reasonable amount to tip in case we felt we had to. Of course, he didn’t encourage this, but it was much appreciated since it was good to be wise to the way of the villagers who occasionally did try and hustle! With that said, their hustle involved taking some great photos of us riding the bikes and doing a fantastic and incredible job rowing all around the lakes and rivers where King Kong was filmed. You get a real feel for the community while the rowers talk amongst themselves in Vietnamese. The buses were very comfortable and the food was a banquet, serving up some great fare!
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Irresistiblequeens wrote a review Nov 2018
Miri, Malaysia46 contributions3 helpful votes
We followed a tour from trip advisor and it was AMAZING!! It’s a perfect chance to get close to Mother Nature and the weather was just right! It was raining when we were on the bus down but it stopped when it’s time for our activities. We bought raincoats at the souvenir place anyhow. The cycling trail is scenic as well and we had a wonderful tour guide! A day well spent.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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SirGaw wrote a review May 2018
Melbourne, Australia177 contributions25 helpful votes
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There are at least 4 boat trips that can be done in and around the Tam Coc area. All are very beautiful and relaxing and mostly the sound you hear is the slap of oars against water - and the big surprise is that nearly all the rowers row with their feet. After a bit of thinking about that I concede feet win over hands. Feet (legs) are much stronger than arms and it does free up the arms for other more impostant tasks - holding umbrella, talking on mobile (cell) phone, eating lumch to name a few. The ticket office at the Tam Coc boat ramp seemed to be staffed by a woman who really did not like anyone. We paid for our rides and then fought with safety vests and then boarded the very rocky boats - some secure posts set in concrete would help considerably and particularly for us oldies. With a dexterous swoosh of oars we were off across the tranquil waters - passing rice paddy fields, seeming water birds looking for a meal, waving at other happy tourists whilst admiring stunning scenery that is almost of another world. Looking through my photo and video collection of the almost 2 hour experience, I still shake my head in wonderment. A woman passenger in another boat, snapped off a number of photos of us and I thought it might be for a publication - I found out differently on the return to the boat ramp. Our lady rower kept up the constant slap, slap of oars against water as we passed through 3 low caves and kept an eye out for even lower limestone stalagmites (the ones that hang down - stalactites rise upwards). The turn around point is where the water born sales people (land sharks) ply their overpriced goodies. It is hard not to buy, while super friendly goats watch on in case they too luck in for a snack. Perhaps foolishly we did buy something and, we hoped, for the boat lady too, but I do suspect the items were later returned to be re-sold to another hapless tourist. We returned along the tranquil waters still gob-smacked at the passing vista of the limestone Karst scenery. Passing again through the 3 low caves and we returned to the boat ramp while the hot sun streamed down. I was glad to rid myself of the safety vest. Our old legs and bodies ached from the almost 2 hours of sitting - almost squatting - on the low seats. I gave the boat lady what I thought was a generous tip and was almost abused for it not being enough, somewhat annoyed I found more to give her. Then the lady photograph struck with 6 reasonable photos of us in a cheap-ish photo folder. She demanded 100,000 VND and took exception to being offered a lower amount. I walked away to be chased down by the over-zealous woman. After lots of heated debate in the hot sun, I parted with 70,000 VND. Of the 3 boat trips taken, we ranked this as #2. The knock down winner was the UNESCO listed Trang An Grottoes, while still in Tam Coc was the Linh Coc boat trip and our difficulties in returning from there (another story for another day). Do bring a hat, sunscreen and water. A blow up cushion could ease a sore back side. The boat ramp takes cash only and no one seems to be able to change larger VND notes - another plot perhaps???
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Date of experience: April 2018
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