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Located in Ninh Binh province 100 km southeast of Hanoi, Hoa Lu and Tam Coc are two of the most picturesque spots in all of the north. For 41 years, from 968 to 1009 CE, Hoa Lu was the ancient capital of Vietnam. Nearby Tam Coc is often referred to as “Ha Long among the rice paddies.” Visitors are conveyed by rowboat along the peaceful Tam Coc stream past green fields and the feet of mountains into the mouths of caves, where they encounter new surprises, like stalactites and stalagmites that shimmer like gemstones just inches from the water.
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  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“the river” (219 reviews)
“halong bay” (115 reviews)
“boat ride” (160 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh 400000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This place is one of must-visit-place you should add on your plan. I traveled with my friends to figure out how Hollywood crew choose to shoot film "Kong - skull island" here. It is worthy to visit when travelling in Vietnam

Thank Buiduong
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great day, probably the best in term of natural beauty / scenery. It is absolutely stunning, amazing and unique. And the rowers have that special talent to row with their feet...strange and funny to see !

Thank Pilku_Feee
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent one day trip option from Hanoi. Amazing boat trip which takes 2 hours and definitely worth the money.

Thank RKNair73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is quite beautiful. I went cycling and then went on the boat which was amazing. The women row with their feet. Well worth taking a day out and doing this. Great experience

Thank jack92dance
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was nice tour & really wonderful to see the nature. Experience nature at its best. The cycle ride and the boat ride was awesome. You can plan to stay overnight & relax or go to halong bay from there.

Thank Rohanrrp
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For $9 usd this was unreal. Even in the rain I was blown away. Incredible views. Jurassic Park and Skull Island. I thought this was better than Trang An because there are fewer tourists and it wasn't hot the day we visited. Two hours well...More

Thank Cody R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. We avoided the crowds and stayed in a Hometsay in the area so it was great.

Thank Zen-Tonga
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

True to it's name, it's a boat ride through "three limestone caves", on a river that flows through rice paddy fields. Sounds like paradise? Well that's exactly what it is. Get their early morning to avoid the heat. It's a bit touristy with the boatmen...More

Thank 547sarinn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at Bugalow near pier, only some walk there. Took boat in afternoon to see yellow rice - great to take picture from top of mountain, beautiful sight seeing. Should visit on last week of May to see Yellow Rice, We came there when...More

Thank Candy C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Tam Coc boat ride is a wonderful experience. Many people have reviewed it saying they were harassed by locals on the water to buy snacks and drinks, Truth is there are a few boats at the turning point, but a polite and firm 'no...More

4  Thank traceadventures
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sandy k
Please recommend a specific hotel and specific tour for Tam Coc. I see lots of reviews raving about the experience with very little about the specifics. Thank you, Sandy
10 February 2017|
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Response from joshnguyen24 | Reviewed this property |
for some hotels you can search for your reference can be: Tam Coc Ecolodge (which is located near Bich Dong Pagoda - 1 km far from Tam Coc - View is good); The others is nice but further out such as Ninh Binh Legend hotel... More
Lee C
Thanks Cardiff – your review is very useful. I am planning my trip to Tam Coc in early Dec. Where did you buy the tickets for the boat trip and how did you get there? We’ll be staying in Tam Coc overnight but not be driving so I am wondering if we need to book car transfer to travel around? Apart from the boat trip and Thrung Nham National Park, is there any other place in Tam Coc which is recommendable for a visit? I heard some ppl do cycling but as we are not good at it I'm afraid it would be tough... Thank you in advance for your information.
16 November 2016|
Response from Alieke B | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, you just buy the tickets in the little kiosk at the lakeside, just in the center of town. The fares are clearly displayed and you will be told in which boat to sit. It is well organised. No need to book before. To... More
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Riz C
Hello there! May I know what is the color of the rice paddies by end of Sept. to early Oct.? Bec. from what I've heard, the best time to visit there is by end of May... TIA!
4 November 2016|
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Response from jdtravelson | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delay. They have 3 seasons. Sept was the end of the season. So not entirely sure about May. Should be pretty good for picking