Tam Coc – The "Hottest" Destination in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Tam Coc means three caves, also called the Xuyen Thuy Cave, located in the Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province.

Tam Coc means three caves, also called the Xuyen Thuy Cave,  located in the Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. In the past, this region used to be ocean. Waves lapping over the centuries to the cliff created many strange shapes on stone – which attracts tourists. There’s only one waterway leading to the caves and it takes about 3 hours for visiting this place.


Sitting on a small sampan, gliding along Ngo Dong River in the quietness, you can feel the clarity: no sirens, no engines, no junk noise of the city. Only the gentle sound of the paddle, a whisper of wind, birds singing and the sound of water droplets. It is like the way to keep time rhythm of the mountain…


Following rhythm of the paddle, you can immerse into the green rice paddies stretching along two banks of the Ngo Dong River and magnificent mountains. Hang Ca (Biggest/First cave) is the largest and the most beautiful part of Tam Coc, which is about 127m long. When getting into the cave, it is extremely cool, fresh and amazing with graceful stalagmites … Then the boat continue taking you to visit the Second and the Third cave.


It’s almost like in the Hang Ca cave but these two caves are shorter and lower. The water seems to reflect scenic stone clouds above, creating a special space only for water and could. For those who love adventure: you can continue the boat ride down the river on another 2km to visit Tien stream (Fairy Stream). Its water is so clear that every fish swimming on the bottom of stream can be seen. According to legend, this place was visited by the fairies, so people call it Fairy Stream.


The Thanh pier (Saint Pier) on the way out is quite near the Thien  Huong cave which is about 60m height. Behind the cave there’s a way leading to the top of mountain, which is call “Heaven Gate”. 50m further road leads to the Thai Vi Temple, built in the 13th century, where King Tran Thai Tong (the first king of the Tran) is worshipped. Thai Vi Temple was built in traditional style and follows strict ancient feng shui rules. In front of the temple is Jade well, behind is massive Cam mountain. Thai Vi Temple is a masterpiece of human, which is well combined with natural wonder.


Leaving the pier Dinh Cac, we continue to visit Bich Dong Pagoda, one of the famous landmark known as “the second best cave in Vietnam”. Bich Dong Pagoda is an ancient structure with curved roof, sophisticated appearance, built in high mountain. Guests will be guided to visit the dark, majestic and quiet temple. It is amazing that the nature has absorbed the centuries to create a multitude of “stone statues”.


Not far away Bich Dong is Tien cave – an alluring place located on a majestic mountain. Mountain, caves and temples have created a harmonious and attractive site. Bich Dong is a perfect eternal beauty which is memorable with all tourists visiting the place.

• Consider our Ninh Binh Tours & Vietnam Private Tours to visit Tam Coc and many other destinations of Ninh Binh.

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