Tam Coc

Tam Coc, Ninh Binh: Hours, Address, Tam Coc Reviews: 4/5

Points of Interest & Landmarks
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
About
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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Louie Boracay
Boracay, Philippines105 contributions
Must do in Hanoi
I love this tour though the traveler is very far but you were able to see beautiful mountains go biking in the rice field with tourist the lunch is also good it has lots of vegetarian options and the Tour is well organized
Written September 1, 2021
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henry067
Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
Tam Coc boat ride
Oct 2020
Great day in Tam Coc Ninh bing with Conical Travel. The landscpae was so amazing and worth the name Inland Halong Bay. The boat ride was so unique and funny as well. We will come back!!!
Written December 1, 2020
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JSTrip_77
Hanoi, Vietnam1,045 contributions
Stunning Natural Beauty
Sep 2020
We've done the caves at Trang An several times now but this was our first visit to Tam Coc. It was truly a spectacular experience. Due to COVID, they will charge a "surcharge" if you want more than two adults and two small children in a boat. (They seem to charge both Vietnamese and foreigners an extra fee. No, it makes no sense...but what can you do?) The two hour trip was lots of fun. The really sweet and kind woman paddled with her feet which I'd heard of but never seen. (This was featured on one of the seasons of the US version of The Amazing Race.) I would highly recommend this tour. But, in high season, Trang An might "feel" less crowded as it's more spread out.
Written September 22, 2020
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TravelinGypsey
305 contributions
Canoe Tours by Tam Coc-Bich Dong
Jun 2020 • Friends
Beautiful!!! Absolutely Gorgeous!! Pictures don’t do it justice! This place is awesome!! The sweet ladies who paddle you in the canoes are the kindest and are very hard working- please be generous to them and consider tipping! This place offers multiple options of the canoe ride you would like to take and all of them are gorgeous views! They let you out along the way as well to view and walk around the beautiful and interesting temples (there are also restrooms- if you do a long tour as well) it goes fast though as your immersed in the beauty of Ninh Binh! Highly highly recommend doing this tour- it’s a must and main thing you should seek to do while in Nihn Binh! Price is excellent and well worth the experience!!

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Tam Coc-Bich Dong
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Written June 28, 2020
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Bart Och
London, UK25 contributions
My favourite place in Vietnam
Jun 2020
Tam Coc is beautiful! I stayed in Chezbeo Valley Bungalow and it was such a wonderful place! So close to the small but lovely town centre as well as Hang Mua where you can easily spend a day!
Written June 15, 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada3,896 contributions
Fantastic ride, incredible views & horrible guide
Dec 2019
We arrived here around 2pm. It was starting to get a little grey out but was the perfect temperature for going down the river.

We were told to grab lifejackets and get in line to get on a boat. It was just the 2 of us plus the rower. Which was nice now they are small. Some boats had 3-4 people in them. There was a lot of people here but the line up moved very quickly.

The ride is about 2 hours and the rower rows most of the time with their feet. Pretty incredible to see. You will pass threw 3 water caves complexes Sang Cave, Toi Cave & Ba Goit Cave. The river runs along side other limestone mountains and rice fields. The tour is not a loop but has a turn around point. So you pretty much see everything twice. The way back can be a little boring and very uncomfortable.

There is people along the way taking pictures if you want to purchase them later as well as boats selling food & beverages.

Our boat guide didn’t say 2 words to us. After trying many time we actually assumed she couldn't speak English. Then in last 5mins she just repeated tip for me? Then when we tried to give her a $5usd tip she got mad (in English) that it wasn’t more and demanded $10usd.

On the bus before we arrival we asked our Tour guide what a good tip would be he said to tip $2usd per boat. He also told us that they would give us information along the way and point things out. Our boat guide talked on her phone quite a bit and if she was not on the phone she would talk to other paddlers passing by. Other guides would allow the people on the boat to attempt paddling with either their arms or feet. So we really $5usd was generous. back on the bus others on our tour said their guide talked to them the whole time.

Others on our tour were threatened at the halfway/ turn around mark that she wanted $5usd a person and she wanted it now or she was going to leave them there (they had 3 people onboard).

Even with it being a little boring and uncomfortable it is worth doing. So much stunning beauty. It was such a highlight of Ninh Binh.
Written June 2, 2020
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Christopher P
Scarborough, UK256 contributions
A wonderful day out
Feb 2020
this tour even picks one up at ones hotel, and drops one off at the end. But it is the tour itself that was so good, the tour guides were telling us in good English all about where we were going and the history of the places we visited. and the rowing boat journey was great. Not only the scenery but also the fact that we had never seen people rowing boats using their feet and not their hands. WOW! We too got exercise, we borropwed cycles and cycled. The history was interesting, we had good rides and some good exercise on the bikes. I took many photos & a few videos (Of the rowers rowing with their feet)
Written April 27, 2020
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Rafe Wood
Perth, Australia268 contributions
Largely popular but still a Hidden Gem
Oct 2019 • Solo
If you can deal with the buses of Chinese tourists you will have a blast at this place. The scenery and water blew me away at Tam Coc and once you get out onto the water is surprisingly peaceful. This was a place and travel experience that really exceeded my expectations!!
Written April 4, 2020
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G2Kpauly
Melbourne, Australia1,289 contributions
Great place to visit!
Mar 2020 • Friends
What an amazing beautiful area of northern Vietnam! I will definitely go back. I'd reccomend tam Coc melody homestay! Hire a motorbike and explore this amazing part of the world!
Written March 16, 2020
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AgiBebi
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary5 contributions
Beautiful nature scenery
Feb 2020
We took a boat trip alog the river to the three caves. Nature here is stunning. It is recommended to take some kind of protection against the sun. Beautiful rice fileds along the way.
Written March 9, 2020
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