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“A Halong Bay on land”

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc Day Tour
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Full-Day Tour to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc from Hanoi
Ranked #180 of 861 Tours in Hanoi
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Owner description: Tam Coc Tours has gained much experience in the field of international and domestic travel. With dynamic, enthusiastic, extensively experienced and multilingual staff, such as English, French and Chinese, we are always willing to help our clients in all circumstances and urgent cases. With an enthusiastic and professional service style, we would like to bring special tour programs to customers from the hearts of our tour operators and staff. We are committed to providing services of the highest quality to customers and ensuring that customers experience satisfaction and unforgettable moments when traveling with us.Established in Ha Noi, now Tam Coc Tours has a network of travel agents, both domestic and international, which ensure quality service and competitive prices. Tam Coc Tours will continue to satisfy the wide range of customer requirements and contribute to the diversification and development of the tourism industry in Viet Nam and Indochina. Our mission is to present the history, cultural relics and beauty of Vietnam and Indochina to international friends as well as to introduce world culture to Vietnamese people. We will continue to enhance our status in the travel market, both domestic and international.Why travel with us ? “We know Because we go”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

The trip that we took was just awesome, everything was perfect. My family came from Hanoi by a private car then enjoyed our tour. At first, we had a seat on a bamboo boat to wallow in Tam Coc on Ngo Dong river. I believed that Nowhere could we find a beautiful scene rather than in a painting. The water was so pure and green along with yellow paddy field. Every thing was so pretty. As a sailor told us, "Tam Coc" mean three caves: "Hang Ca", "Hang Hai" and "Hang Ba". Hang Ca - the biggest cave with thousand stalactities inside. The legend was told that each Stalactity was a symbol of life. The next were Hang Hai and Hang Ba. The thing that we loved so much was the feelings of exploring cave on boat. Afterthat, we had chance to visit Thai Vi temple which stored an old bell. In lunch, we enjoyed a buffet with plenty food serving. In the afternoon, we went climbing to see Tam Coc from high mountains. We loved it all!

2  Thank Maker H
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

This was abt a 2 hours drive away from our hotel in Old Quarter. Hoa Lu is where the ancient temple were.They tell you about their king and his throne. with the help of our tour guide we got to understand a little of their history..
Journey cont and we were given buffet lunch. a very large variety of food served. noodles, rice, soups, chicken, lamb and beef dishes, salads etc etc..
And just across the road was the Tam Coc river, where our fellow sampan (boat) riders were awaiting for us. To explain the sampan, it was a little galvanised iron punt. if you are on the XXL side, then its 1 pax per sampan, else we can go up to 2 adults and a child. Once we settle and stablize ourselves the ride starts.. Slowly rowing down the river where its green and beautiful. yes, its under direct sunlight, so do carry an umbrella / wear a hat and thin clothing... and at one point they do sell you stuff.. like ours sold beer, chilled bottled water, soft drinks, local chips.. and everything were priced at 1usd. as we reached a lagoon like place and we had to turn back .. same journey back... and yess for all their hard work of rowing with their FEET they do expect a tip.. we tipped them 5usd.. and she was happy about it. on the whole it was a pleasant trip.

1  Thank Shini H
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

As others mention the constant attempt to sell you stuff are annoying but inspite of that We had fun. The temples along the way are pretty and the guide shared lots of info with us about them. The highlight of the tour is a 11/2 hour boat ride along to the caves (maximum of 2 foreigners per boat). We enjoyed that immensely & were lucky enough to visit on a day with a poor forecast so not too many people showed up & it was nice & cloudy, which cooled things down.
The drinks we bought from the floating sales people were around 25,000 VND (about double what I'd paid for a diet coke elsewhere) but they were cold & a welcome refreshment at the mid point of the boat trip. The rowers can not be paid well as the price per boat to take the trip was under 100,000 & I'd suspect most of that money goes elsewhere. We were asked on the way back if we would like to buy a purse/drawing/bag but the lady rowing us wasn't overly pushy so we just said no thanks to everything and were soon back on our way. She was very friendly and pointed out some items to us as we went along the river.

If you don't want to buy anything at all then bring a drink & something to eat with you that you can also offer to share with your rower. I'd also suggest a hat, sunscreen, a shirt & long trousers/skirt if you are prone to burning as you will be out in the sun for nearly 2 hours total. You may also want to take along a small cushion as the seats are not that comfortable.

It's a fair way on the bus but not too bad as majority is on decent roads. I'd definitely reccommend going but just don't get pushed into buying anything you don't want & consider tipping the rower a dollar or two for their hard work.

6  Thank pgwhatkatydid
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Two hour drive in a minibus from Hanoi with a stop along the way for toilets, drinks, etc. We had a good guide, Tuan, with APT tour. It was very hot at Hoa Lu. Always there are people trying to sell you stuff, handy if you forgot to bring a hat, and also taking your photo with it ready for you to buy on your return. Only pay 10,000 dong. We had a lovely buffet lunch at TamCoc at Long Hotel then went on the 'sampan' a little galvanised iron punt. They row with their feet. Interesting. The water is only a metre deep with rice growing on each side. There is no shade apart from the caves so use sunscreen. See also comments from happy128 as I agree with them about petty trading spoiling the experience..

3  Thank emSherwood
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

The bus was thankfully air conditioned and the guide friendly. There was only one stop on the way to the normally tour-associated tourist tack stops and then it was straight to the old capital for a quick wander around. The sun was blazing so a hat and sunscreen are strongly advised. Also, bring your own water where required as prices although not expensive by European standards are 4 times the price or more than the norm.

The buffet provided was OK. but drinks are to be paid for separately. There are a few veggie options but as with most buffets you will find the food just a little dry and tasteless. Still it fills you up.

The need for a hat and sunscreen becomes even more apparent on the little row boats that take you down through the wonderful Karst rock formations, down a calm little estuary filled with paddy fields and, oddly, baby ducks. The views are nice and you can spot the odd mountain goat high above blissfully oblivious to the trains of tourist boats floating along the river below.

The scene is nice, calming even, but you do find yourself drawn to the slew of other visitors and giggling school groups passing by in their foot-pumped rowing boats and that ruins it a little for me. As some other reviewers have said commercialization has hit in and the locals, perhaps quite rightly are trying to exploit this opportunity. Even so the guide encourages all passengers to give a tip as we are told the rowers don't earn much due to government control. To be fair the guide didn't ask for a tip at the end of the tour which is unusual for these kinds of tours and pleasant surprise to avoid the group awkwardness of how much should we give so you have to take this on face value and to be honest the rowers put in quite a shift in the blazing sun so giving 1 to 5 dollars is fair enough.

A little annoying is the flotilla of boats at the far end of the river waiting to pounce on thirsty travelers with the rowers in cahoots stopping to allow them their spiel. The guilt trip of buying the rower a drink is thrown in to their sales pitch so you may want to buy that in advance or feel guilty the whole way back. The drinks are cold though, and refreshing in the heat.

We didn't do the bikes as the majority didn't want to in the heat we encountered. Fair enough, but I feel we may have missed out there. It wasn't too much more and on a cooler day it would have been a nice round up.

Overall not too bad, with nice views and a friendly guide. But it is what it is, a tour. Don't expect to be let of the leash or have freedom to sit around and soak it all up for too long. Given the choices in Vietnam for tourists I would recommend it to others looking for a hassle free day away from Hanoi without any desire to go through the rigmarole of organizing it yourself. However, having look at the price of the entrance fees etc, if you could be bothered to sort out your own transport it may well be cheaper and more of an authentic experience.

1  Thank FraserB2012
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