Rowing boats at Tam Coc, Ninh Binh
Rowing boats at Tam Coc, Ninh Binh

Tam Coc Guide, Ninh Binh

Tam Coc is a flooded paddy field with encircling karst mountains in Ninh Binh Province, northern Vietnam. The huge area of countryside around Tam Coc is also of similar landscape which is littered with several outcrops in the rice fields. A trip in Tam Coc brings you much peace and relaxation.

What to see in Tam Coc and best time to visit

1/ To visit Tam Coc, you will take a rowing boat trip for 2 hours 30 minutes which travels slowly through the ethereal natural landscape. The river at Tam Coc goes through three underwater caves formed inside towering karst mountains. On both sides of the river, there are rice fields that are tilled daily by ladies in white conical hats. In late May – early June and late September – early October, the landscape at Tam Coc is awe-inspiring when the rice turns into dazzling golden colors.

Tam Coc Ninh Binh VietnamThe rowing boat trip is extremely peaceful in early morning and late afternoon

 

 Tam Coc Ninh Binh VietnamThe boat parking area at Tam Coc
 

 

Tam Coc Ninh Binh VietnamThe fresh beauty of Tam Coc

 

 

Tam Coc Ninh Binh VietnamHang Ca - The longest cave at Tam Coc

 

Tam Coc Ninh Binh VietnamLandscape of Tam Coc behind the first cave

2/ Alternatively, you can hire a bicycle and pedal yourself leisurely through the fresh and peaceful countryside. On a bike tour, you may like to visit the hidden Thai Vi Temple with amazing scenery around, the Bich Dong Pagoda with breathtaking views of the countryside from the mountain top, Thung Nang – another site similar to Tam Coc.

A lovely bicycle path amid rice fields and mountains to Thai Vi Temple
A lovely bicycle path amid rice fields and mountains to Thai Vi Temple

3/ There are several karst mountains and for certain there are several caves inside them. These are certainly of immense interest to caving enthusiasts. Some adventurers may like rock-climbing on the several karst mountains, mind your safety before try!

Tam Coc Ninh Binh VietnamView of the river from the second cave at Tam Coc

 

Tam Coc Ninh Binh VietnamThe third cave at Tam Coc where the boat journey concludes

4/ Do not miss climbing steps to the top of the Hang Mua Mountain which offers breathtaking views of Tam Coc and the whole countryside. The best moments for photography are at sunrise and sunset.

A view of the surroundings from Hang Mua at Tam Coc
A view of the surroundings from Hang Mua at Tam Coc

5/ There is also a market at Tam Coc of which the gatherings are in the early morning only. You have to get up at 05:00-06:00 A.M to see the live scene of the market. The villagers often wrap up their bartering early for work in their farms later in the day.

Tam Coc Market
Tam Coc Market

AdventureGreen offers eco tours, bicycle tours and adventure trips in and around Tam Coc for 2-5 days.

Accommodation at Tam Coc
There are luxury hotels, cheap guest houses and simple homestay at Tam Coc to suit all budgets.

Food at Tam Coc
The specialties at Tam Coc include dishes from goats which climb the karst mountains every day and which is said to be good to your health. Other dishes are cooked with snails, fish, fresh water crabs, small shrimps...which are caught in the several ponds and rivers in Tam Coc.