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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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Ninh Binh 430000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I'm so glad we came here instead of going to Halong. It's a very relaxing place and incredibly beautiful. We did mini excursions by ourselves by motorbike and bicycles. Roads are really quiet. Not tons of tourists yet, but I'm sure that will change. Only...More

Thank Kerry M
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Reviewed yesterday

Tam Coc is an alien but great experience as the landscape is so different from anything you would have ever seen. This is an enchanting place with a river surrounded by hills and small caves. Must visit!

Thank hina a
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Reviewed yesterday

If you go to Ninh Binh do not skip Tam Coc. It is nearby with a lot to offer. All the activities are free and well worth doing.

Thank Julien P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Paddlers take you on their small boats down this breathtaking serene river. The scenery is right out of a movie and is an amazing experience. We’re definitely glad we did it. Rent an umbrella or be prepared for plenty of sun and heat. And as...More

Thank Trang N
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The boat ride is a must if you are travelling to Ninh Bình. Travelling trough the mountains surrounded by paddy fields is amazing but when you are on a boat paddling through these it is heavenly. Please pay the rider a good tip but remember...More

Thank Nishley D
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been! Every single view is peculiar and amazing! Ride around the rice fields by motorbike and it was incredible! Would love to come back here one day!

Thank Priscila B
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The scenery and boat ride was marvelous- peaceful, scenic and relaxing. 90 mins all in and you can get up close to the paddy plants. Spectacular views of the many limestone rocks. However, the trip is spoiled by over-zealous vendors and even your boat-person to...More

Thank siew2906
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A most beautiful boat ride among the amazing hills , yellow rice fields, and calm easy waters. No one should miss this experience when coming to Ninh Binh.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Tam Coc in the morning before the tourist buses arrived and it was not too busy. It was very serene being paddled down the river between the ripe golden rice fields and through three limestone 'bridges'. I am not a keen cave visitor...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I and my friends travel to Ninh Binh for many times but this is the first time we can catch the right time of golden rice fields. I really like it and try to explore as much as we can. We have a boat trip...More

Thank Nemo N
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Justine A
May 20, 2018|
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Response from AndyAsia20 |
We have just visited (June) and the rice fields were very green and lush. I think there may be two crops per year but I can’t say for sure that this would be 6 months on!
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Vieren C
May 2, 2018|
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Response from Binh N | Reviewed this property |
You could wear anything you like :) However, it’s impolite to wear shorts when you visit temple or pagoda in Vietnam. You can bring a long silk scarf as a dress in that case. Danang and Dalat are hot in the summer and I... More
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Vieren C
April 30, 2018|
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Response from heathercR8211NT | Reviewed this property |
The rice is ripe now in mid June and a golden colour. Harvesting has begun so it depends on how long it takes to harvest and the next crop of recently planted rice plants are small yet so you may not get the greenery you... More
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