Tam Coc view from above
Tam Coc view from above

Tam Coc Tourism Guide, Ninh Binh

Tam Coc is 7 km from Ninh Binh City and Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. Tam Coc is a flooded area with towering mountains jutting out of green rice paddies.

Tam Coc Pier
The pier where travelers start a 2-hour rowing boat trip into the unreal beauty of Tam Coc
 
 When it is the rice season, you’ll have your breath taken away getting absorbed in the beautifully smooth colors of the countryside of Tam Coc. When the rice ripens and the vast areas of rice fields turn into golden colors against the backdrop of the green limestone mountains. This time you’ll get great photography of Ninh Binh.
 
Tam Coc Rowing Boat Trip
the rowing boat trip travel on a little river flanked by rice paddies and surrounding by imposing mountains...
 
 Traveling to Tam Coc, we can have a 2-hour trip in little rowing boats weaving through the mountains and rice paddies. There are 3 underwater caves that you’ll travel through on the journey. After each cave, it is a secret enclosed valley with towering mountains all around. Added to the amazing landscape are scenes of farmers tending to their rice just by the riverside and goats climbing the vertical cliffs looking for food; you’ll have your photographs more vivid!
 
Underwater cave at Tam Coc
The boat rows its way through the Ca Cave - one of the three underwater caves at Tam Coc
 
 Do not miss to climb to the top of Hang Mua where you get 360-degree views of the unbelievable countryside. The landscape looks mysterious in the early morning and late afternoon which makes your photos really full of charm. Say if you happen to come during the golden rice period, then you do have to get to the top of Hang Mua at midday to get sensational photographs of the valleys filled up with golden colors and amazing mountains around them.
 
Floating shop at Tam Coc
If you are not in a hurry, then stop at some of the floating shops and cafes for chilled drinks...

Visiting Tam Coc on foot may make you tired after a while, then you can choose to cycle amid the rice fields through villages or amid the amazing mountains. You can cycle to Thai Vi Temple, Bich Dong Pagoda, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital or through peaceful villages...

The best time to travel to Tam Coc is early June and late September when the rice is about to be harvested. But if you come at other times of the year, you’ll get lovely photos of Ninh Binh anyway.

Third cave at Tam Coc
After passing the third underwater cave, you can have a rest before returning to Tam Coc Town
 
Paradissa operates day trips from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, 2-day or 3-day sightseeing tours or bicycle tours for you to explore Ninh Binh in-depth. Fans of photography may like to contact us for further details on a special photography tour to Ninh Binh which takes in the best of this backwater.