Tam Coc has the stunning scenery with the Ngo Dong River surrounded by limestone karst rocks and vibrant rice fields. Any visitors on the family tours in Vietnam that intend to explore Ninh Binh will certainly agree that Tam Coc area is a must-visit destination.
Let's take a look at a few of the most appealing places to visit in or around Tam Coc:
A must-do activity in Tam Coc is a boat trip on a traditional row-boat that passes through a very scenic valley which can take in the region of 1-2 hours to complete. A great part of the trip is exploring the three enormous caves (Hang Chateau, Hang Giau Cave and Hang Ca Cave). They were created over a long period of time due to the erosion of rocks.
Also, the caves don't give a lot of headroom with most only about 2 meters in height. If you are fascinated with the caves and wish to see more on the Vietnam travel packages, it will be worth heading to Trang An which has several more and is only a short distance from Tam Coc.
The majority of the Tam Coc boat trips depart from Van Lam pier and pass through the narrow valley that stretches nearly 3 km. Also, there is an entrance fee for the Tam Coc boat ride. The standard charge is $6.50 per passenger for the row-boat with a maximum of two passengers, while an extra charge of $5.50 applies for an entrance ticket for the boat ride. However, the second charge may be included within the price of a tour booked in Hanoi or elsewhere.
Other things to see and do near Tam Coc
Hoa Lu ancient capital
The journey to Hoa Lu ancient capital is relatively straightforward and great to explore before starting the relaxing boat ride. The ancient city dates to the 10th and 11th centuries and a former Vietnamese Kingdom. This is a great area to visit for the tourist interested in learning about the country's past architecture and history.
Hang Mua Caves
Hang Mua has a lot more to it than just the caves. The major reason to visit is the ability to climb the rocky hill with its 400+ steps that lead to the very top to give stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including the rice fields and Tam Coc town.
The majority of the trips to Tam Coc can include a bicycle tour that passes Van Lam Village and the remote rice fields. Typically, the local landscape is mostly flat which makes it relatively easy to explore the region on a simple city bike.
While in Van Lam it is worth visiting the local market, which trades in authentic local food. This part of Vietnam doesn't get too many tourists, so it can benefit to travel with a guide when in the most remote parts of the country.
Bich Dong pagoda
A visit to the 15th century Bich Dong pagoda is certain to be appreciated by travellers on the Vietnam tours that are interested in the country's history and culture.