Tam Coc is the mystical scenic area (a part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex UNESCO World Heritage site) in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province
. It's about 7 kms from Ninh Binh and about 110 kms from Hanoi
Tam Coc, literally "three caves or three grottoes", consists of three natural caves — Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba — on the Ngo Đong River. Tourists are taken in small boats along the river from the village of Van Lam, through rice fields and limestone karsts, through the caves, and back. Local women serve as guides and attempt to sell embroidered goods to their passengers.
Hang Ca means 'First Cave', also the largest cave with 127m in length and an entrance 20m high. When the boat enters the cave, you'll a cool, refreshing atmosphere here and also can see beautiful karstic formations.
Hang Hai is the Second Cave, also the second largest in size with just 60m long. The second cave is about 1 kilometer from the First Cave. The second cave is known for its gorgeous ceiling.
Lying just right next to Hang Hai, Hang Ba (Third Cave) is only 50m in length, much lower than the other two. The cave's ceiling looks like a little dome made of limestone.
Best time to visit
In all seasons in one year you totally can plan your time to explore Tam Coc cave and Tam Coc river. But the prettiest period of time is in the spring from January to April in Viet Nam, this time will be preferred because of the comfortable weather and fresh air.
Another Best Time to Visit Tam Coc is from May to July when all Tam Coc rice fields are in harvest season. The beauty of Tam Coc now looks like a young lady’s long, soft, bright and yellow hair. The other is the harvest time of wet rice ranging from September to October.
How to visit :
You can book a day tour from Hanoi
or a Vietnam Tour Package
included Tam Coc. You can also can go by yourself by take local bus to Ninh Binh then overnight in Tam Coc Area with alot of hotels and homestays