The landmark of Tam Coc, Ninh Binh Province, is named the “Ha Long Bay on land” stretching along the limestone mountains surrounded by Ngo Dong River covered with the yellow of ripening grain season in the summer days in June . Exploring Tam Coc in Ripening Rice Season.
Tam Coc means three caves including Ca Cave, Hai Cave and Ba Cave formed by Ngo Dong River. The best time to travel to Tam Coc is from the end of May to mid-June each year when the yellow “carpets” beautifying the meandering river.
Tam Coc is approximately 110km from Hanoi along National Highway 1A: Phap Van – Cau Gie – Phu Ly – Ninh Binh. You can hire a private car to travel in group or travel by motorcycles to be active in terms of time because the distance is not too far away and the roads are easy to move. You can come and return within one day or at weekends.
For visitors, summer is also the best time to get to Tam Coc, just to avoid the heat, and to relax, get immersed in the nature of a quiet countryside. Visiting Tam Coc this season, no matter sitting on the boat or taking a walk, you will be like lost in the colorful carpets when looking at green interspersed with yellow paddy fields. There are harvested fields, but there are also plots of land waiting to be harvested creating cool, light and beautiful natural colors.
If you are a photography enthusiast and want to take the shimmering photos, you should come here in the morning to avoid the crowd and have more time to take the photograph. Entrance fee is 120,000 VND per person, and 150,000VND/ boat for 4 people.
Starting from Dinh Cac wharf, in about 2 hours floating on a boat, you get panoramic images of majestic mountains, going through many caves. The boat drifts in the green sky and the yellow rice paddy the stretching from the edge of the mountain to the river smartly forming the small winding entrance for guests to travel by boat leisurely. You’ll feel relaxed when traveling in this stunningly beautiful pictures.
To experience more enjoyable, you should make a good impression with boatmen who are local people, they can guide you to stop at places where to have beautiful sceneries to take pictures, or where to stand to be able to cover the whole river.
Depending on the time, visitors can visit the other interesting sights such as:
Mua Cave Tourist Area: in Hoa Lu district. Mua Dance is located at the foot of the Mia mountain in the ecotourism population. The fare to visit is 50,000 VND/ person. The highlight of this area is the road of 500 stone steps leading to the mountain peak from where you can admire the whole scene of Tam Coc.
Trang An Tourist Area: Surrounded by limestone mountains with mysterious caves. Fare to visit is 150,000 VND/ person.
Van Long lagoon: is a unique rich ecosystem in Gia Vien district,the price of ferry ticket is 45,000 dong/ person. It’s not the pond that is formed naturally but is created by the accretion of Day river.
There is also Thien Huong cave located on Ngo Dong River leading to Thai Vi Temple. This is a dry cave with a lot of light, situated halfway up the mountain an elevation of about 15 meters above the ground. The cave has a height of about 60 meters, a depth of 40 meters and a width of 20 meters. The peak of the cave is empty, so it is also called Troi (Sky) cave.
Notes for the trip :
– Summer weather here usually involves sudden thunderstorms in the afternoon; therefore, you should bring an umbrella or explore in the early morning.
– You should wear neat, comfortable clothes to avoid the sun and sports shoes to climb easily when shooting in the mountain region.
– You should also bring water, snacks during the boat journey and always keep the environment tidy.
– It is ideal to travel in groups of 4 or more people because it is more convenient for traveling by and chatting together.
– Finally, always carry vehicle legal documents (if traveling by motorcycles), exercise to avoid heatstroke.
Other destination in Ninh Binh : Bich Dong Cave , Cuc Phuong National Park