Tam Coc
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Welcome to Enjoy the row boat ride leading up to the three caves in the area—where stalactites and stalagmites shimmer like gemstones just inches from the water. Alternatively, you can ride a bike along the peaceful rice paddies. Don’t miss the centuries-old Bich Dong Pagoda here as well. Located about 65 miles from Hanoi, the Tam Coc area makes a wonderful day trip from Vietnam's capital—you can hop on a tourist bus, local bus, or train to get here.
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  • Mint P
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tam Coc, Ninh Binh - a place we should visit one time
    The real scene is even more magnificent than what I saw in films. Last March, I went to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh with my friends and we took a lot of pretty pictures of nature. Hope to come back in one day^^
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 June 2023
  • 4boysdad
    Townsville, Australia131 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    relaxing boat ride through stunning scenery
    On a day trip that included the ruins of Hoa Lu we also did a 2 hour boat trip of Tam Coc described as the Ha Long Bay on land. Tickets must be bought before boarding the boats which can take up to 4 passengers. There are three route options and our guide recommended route 3 to avoid periods bent over as boats travelled through long caves. Along the river there are several temples and each has a small market offering food/drinks, toilets and souvenirs. Note July is very hot and humid and the best cover is an umbrella. Fans are also essential. Seats are hard and can be comfortable towards the end of the trip so take a small extra cushions if you have a back issue. Boarding and leaving the boat is tricky so this may not suit people with mobility or balance problems but it is a beautiful experience and the temples are stunning.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Mike and Liz
    Christchurch, New Zealand12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    2-3 days in Tam Coc.
    Nice place for 2-3 days. Came here for boat trips but they were closed - which ended up being a good thing as we did boat trip at Trans An which was better by most accounts (very busy with Vietnamese tourists but that added to the experience). I expect Tam Coc village would have been a lot busier with busses etc had the boat trips ben running there. TC good place to hire bike and just explore. Trang An was about 15 minutes away on a scooter, and the hill with the dragon on about 10 minutes. Enjoyed eating at the TPub for a fix of great western food for a change from local food.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • P J
    Norwich, United Kingdom144 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stay for a few days. Wonderful area
    Most people seem to visit the area on day trips from Hanoi but my advice would be to catch the train or get a Grab and come and stay for a few days. There's loads to see and lots to do. We stayed at a homestay for 4 nights and like most of them in the area they provided free push bikes. You can safely cycle to many of the local sites but I'd recommend getting a driver for the day (about $60 dollars) and visiting 3 or 4 of the main sites. We went to Trang An for our boat trip and took route 3. It was stunning and absolutely amazing, there was no hassle and no one trying to sell you anything. 5 ⭐ Tam Coc Horizon bungalows for accommodation. Trang An for boat trip. Cycle to Mua Cave Cycle to various temples and pagodas.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Skram66
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom365 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Smaller district within Ninh Binh: highly recommend!
    Fab, great, beautiful, quieter, local, nice, wonderful place where you can set your base from where to explore many places. Suggest Amanda Villas as a terrific place to stay, which is a 10minute walk into the touristy centre. Amanda Villas can kit you out with moped &/cycles. Loved Tam Coc area.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • SFGourmet
    62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Lime Stone Formation - the River version of Halong Bay
    Take the 90 minute row boat ride on the river and admire the gorgeous view of the lime stone hills and caves. The scenery here is just as pretty as Halong Bay. The difference is that Tam Coc boat ride allows you to be up close to the formation whereas Halong allows you to see the formations in a larger scale. A must do in Hanoi
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Mumma&Co
    Timaru, New Zealand6,643 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss doing this!!
    Incredible, absolutely loved it!! Breathtaking scenery!! Busy but we still found it serene & tranquil. Pain being asked for a tip, asked to buy souvenirs, asked to pay to get photo taken but all part of it.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 December 2023
  • Tracey H
    Northampton, United Kingdom132 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning scenery.
    The boat trip is set in beautiful surroundings. The limestone mountains are stunning. We were lucky to go at a time when it was relatively quiet. It was overcast but warm and I think it was the perfect weather as two hours in hot sun doesn’t appeal to me. The only thing that spoilt it for us was the pressure to tip & buy photos. It states on the regulations that rowers shouldn’t sell things or ask for tips. We would have been more likely to tip if not constantly asked for one. We bought one book of photos but the vendor literally followed us on her bike trying to get us to buy more. Don’t let this put you off though as it really is quite amazing scenery.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 December 2023
  • Marjory M
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenery, shame about the demand for tips!!!
    Boat trip scenery is beautiful and despite all the boats we found it enjoyable and serene. Like other reviewers we got asked to buy photos (no hassle) pictures (boat driver) and then our driver kept demanding we tip him! He was so aggressive we took his photo and complained. He was brought back in to speak to us (translated obviously as he only knew 2 words in English - money and tip). We thought we had got a bad driver but it seems to be a regular thing. Shame as it is a fantastic trip and worth the hefty (for Vietnam) price.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 February 2024
  • DotsGirl2
    Vancouver, Canada452 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun boat ride through three caves
    You get on small boats and are rowed up the river. There are rice paddy’s along the way and the karst mountains that rise up. You go through three caves and then turn around and go back down the river. The people rowing often use their feet to row. This was a fun experience
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 February 2024
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WanderingWilbur
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
So, for us this was a day trip from Hanoi, taking in the ancient capital of Truong Yen, followed by lunch and a cycle ride, a rowing boat tour down the river, finishing off with a climb up Hoa Lu.
All fairly crowded with fellow tourists, but very well worth the effort.
Ancient capital: underwhelming.
River boat tour: too long in that day's heat (40+, with no wind: draining), but the most amazing scenery.
Hoa Lu climb: again, busy, but so well worth the views from the top. Stunning.
Written 10 May 2024
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Lauretta P
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Very relaxing area of Vietnam, boat trip was long but enjoyable, our paddler was sweet and paddled mostly with her feet, the boats are small but very stable. I recommend taking a cushion as the seats are metal and uncomfortable for older people or bad backs. The river way is clean and tranquil
Written 14 April 2024
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Anupama
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The boat ride at Tam Coc through hills and cave grottoes is just lovely. The scenery is beautiful and the boat ride itself really enjoyable.
Written 2 April 2024
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Tracey011
Rangiora, New Zealand443 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We chose to stay in Tam Coc for three nights rather than do a day tour from Hanoi. So glad we did.
We organized a 'limo' transfer from Hanoi thro the hotel we booked with in Tam Coc. They run every hour.
Day one we arranged a driver who took us to Trang An, amazing, we were rowed through the waterways and caves and stopped at various temples. Tip...find other people share a boat with, they take 4 at a time. There are three tour options, we choose 2. It was great. Arriving early meant we missed the hoards arriving on the day tours from Hanoi.
Next stop was Bai Dinh. Electric buggies to Wizz you around, ancient Buddist temples and modern temples. Huge gold leaf covered bronze Buddha's and great views from the top of the pergola (elevator!) By that stage we were exhausted! Lots of walking plus high humidity. Fabulous day.
Staying in Tam Coc meant we could walk to the Tam Coc row boats. Arriving shortly after 9am meant we missed the crowds again. Glad we did this as well as Trang An as different experience. Loved the foot rowing technique!
Written 28 March 2024
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Stokie_on_tour
Leeds, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A stunningly beautiful place that needs at least three days to explore, incredible views but also full of local life and culture.
The boat tour ie a must but hire q bike and get out into the paddyfields, cannot wait to return/
Written 27 March 2024
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Al2go
Gold Coast, Australia249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The only real reason you would visitTam coc is to do the row boat cruise down the river past all the rice paddies through the caves and beautiful scenery. The restaurants are fairly good.
Written 24 March 2024
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Dd
Southampton, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
More than an hour rowing boat ride along Ngo Dong River. Magnifique. Also needs to keep your head down when going dark, under caves.
Written 10 March 2024
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Helena
Newcastle, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Such a peaceful and beautiful place to visit. Drifting on the river amongst the rice fields between the breathtaking mountains. Was definitely an experience and one not to be missed when visiting Ninh Bính province.
Written 5 March 2024
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english ward
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited Tam Coc on our couple's trip and were blown away by the stunning beauty of this place. The karst formations rising out of the water looked like something out of a fairy tale. Paddling down the river in a small boat, we felt like we were in our own private paradise. Plus, no need for sea sickness pills! Definitely a must-visit if you're in Ninh Binh.
Written 3 March 2024
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Calum
Harlow, UK51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Save your money and go to Trang An. The scenery is great, and the people rowing their boats row with their feet which is a nice novelty, but you don't stop anywhere and the route back is just a reverse, so you'll see the same things twice. Lastly, and the real downside, is that the lady REPEATEDLY asked for a tip! Never had this anywhere, and prior to her asking one would have been set in stone, as it's a hard job, but that put the money back in my pocket and left a sour taste.
Written 27 February 2024
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