The climb is probably the steepest near the Tam Coc district in Ninh Binh but is not as difficult as described by travel books some of which say visitors should be prepared to spend two hours for this journey. Before the climb, the hill (not much a 'mountain') looked quite high from the entrance at the hill foot. Also each of the 500+ steps was quite wide with many being more than 1 foot. But in fact, as regular but not hard hikers,we took only 15 min to reach the top. Any reasonably fit travelers should be able to do it in less half an hour. The view looking over the paddy field nearby and the route end of the Tam Coc boat trip from afar is interesting and should be excellent if the day is clear. Nice climb followed by relaxing rest. Be careful when walking down as it is easier to hurt your knee. Walk slowly if you feel more comfortable.
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