Tam Coc - The Terrestrial Version Of Ha Long Bay

Tam Coc was originally known as "Ha Long Bay on land" with a lyrical, poetic landscape and a trans-water cave system that preserves many historical and cultural vestiges. With a history dating back to the 18th century, this national heritage site consists of three caves with a tranquil atmosphere.

Overview About Tam Coc

  • Address: Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province 
  • Opening hours: daily from 07:00 to 18:00
  • Price tickets: US $5/adult and US $2.5/kid

Tam Coc is part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site with both cultural and ecological significance. This site is famous for its system of 3 cave landscapes created by the Ngo Dong River flowing through limestone mountains, creating a majestic and magnificent natural scene.

The entire region constitutes a complex featuring limestone caves and historical relics that have been preserved since the Tran dynasty era in Vietnam. The complex served as a spiritual retreat for many scholars and poets throughout Vietnam's history.

Naturally blessed with lush green rice paddies, winding around the Ngo Dong River, creating an attractive and magical beauty.

Tam Coc

Tam Coc


Things To Do At Tam Coc

Take A Boat Trip

Experiencing boating offers a fascinating adventure to uncover the concealed beauty of Tam Coc. Only through a tranquil boat cruise can you truly unveil the wonders that nature bestows on Tam Coc. 

Go through emerald-green water channels, winding through the impressive karst formations. The boat ride offers an intimate experience with Tam Coc's majestic landscapes, providing a serene view of nature.

You can buy boating tickets at the main gate of Van Lam Port. Below are the latest updated ticket prices for your reference:


Around US $5 /trip (Max 4 pax)

Kids (aged under 3)


Take A Boat Trip To Enjoy The Surroundings Of Tam Coc

Take A Boat Trip To Enjoy The Surroundings Of Tam Coc


Discover Tam Coc By Bike 

Exploring Ninh Binh by bicycle is an exciting and memorable experience. Not only will you enjoy the wonderful natural beauty, but you will also have the opportunity to interact with local people and learn about the culture and history here. 

Bicycle rental prices range from US $1 to $4, depending on the type of bike and rental period.

Tips: For the best experience when cycling in Ninh Binh, choose a bike suitable for your height and health, and carefully check the bike's condition before renting.

Discover Tam Coc By Bike

Discover Tam Coc By Bike 


Visit Temples And Pagodas In Tam Coc

Each of the temples and caves in Tam Coc possesses a unique charm, contributing to the region's allure. You can refer to visit the following locations.

Thai Vi Temple

Thai Vi is a famous sacred temple worshiping the kings of the Tran Dynasty, located between green rice fields and a complex of rolling mountains and hills. In the temple, all the columns are made of tall, monolithic green stones, meticulously carved.

Coming to the Thai Vi temple, visitors can occasionally watch the mau dong ritual in the main hall, this is a form of folk performance mainly of Mother Goddess worship (Representative Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity awarded by UNESCO).

Explore The Hidden Gems Of Thai Vi Temple

Explore The Hidden Gems Of Thai Vi Temple


Bich Dong Pagoda

Bich Dong Pagoda is an ancient pagoda complex built of extremely valuable ironwood. Surrounding Bich Dong are towering limestone mountains with caves and giant trees exuding serenity and peace amidst the vast space of mountains and rivers.

Visitors can explore the caves, admire intricate carvings, and experience a spiritual connection with the surroundings.

Uncover The Ancient Bich Dong Pagoda

Uncover The Ancient Bich Dong Pagoda


Thien Huong Cave

Thien Huong Cave is a marvel adorned with stunning stalactite formations, resembling delicate works of art. Inside is a shrine with curved domes and the walls are sculpted with delicate reliefs of flying dragons. All create a solemn beauty amidst majestic green nature.

Admire The Atalactite Formations Of Thien Huong Cave

Admire The Atalactite Formations Of Thien Huong Cave


Tien Cave

This is a space of three large caves with thousands of natural hanging stalactites sparkling in many colors. The special feature here is that the stalactites form many mysterious shapes. The unique features and blend of nature and art have created a stunning destination.

Discover The Stunning Tien Cave

Discover The Stunning Tien Cave


How To Get There

Tourists Bus

  • Price: From US $7 to $13. 

The journey from Hanoi to Tam Coc typically takes approximately 3 hours, with a 20-minute break. Tickets can be purchased at local bus stations or through various online platforms. 

Tourist buses often come with knowledgeable guides, providing insights into the history and culture of Tam Coc. However, it may come with limited comfort and potential language barriers so you can inquire about the language options for guided commentary.

Private Car Rental

  • Price: From US $57 to $75. 

The journey takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to travel from Hanoi to Tam Coc. Private transfers can be arranged through local travel agencies or online platforms. 

Private car hire provides a comfortable and private travel experience. Flexibility in terms of departure times and the option to explore nearby attractions like Hoa Lu and Trang An. As a disadvantage, it may have higher costs compared to public transportation options.

Motorbike Rental

  • Price: From US $4 to $10 per day. 

The journey takes around 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on your speed and the chosen route from Hanoi. Motorbike rentals are available in Hanoi, and you'll need to provide identification and potentially a deposit.

Renting a motorbike is often more budget-friendly and provides the flexibility to explore at your own pace. But it is not suitable for those unfamiliar with local traffic conditions and might be less comfortable for long journeys. Remember to bring a valid motorcycle license or an international driving permit.

By Taxi

  • Price: From US $0.3 to $7 per kilometer.

The journey takes around 1.5 to 2 hours from Hanoi, similar to private car transfers. Taxis can be available on the main street in Hanoi or booked through popular online apps on your phone. Ensure that the taxi uses a meter to avoid negotiation issues.

Taxis offer a door-to-door service, ensuring a hassle-free and convenient journey. Ideal for travelers who wish to customize their journey and make stops along the way. Higher cost compared to other modes and the potential for traffic delays.

Explore Nearby Attractions

After marveling at the majestic beauty of Tam Coc, travelers can further explore unique destinations in Ninh Binh to experience the full richness of the area's culture and breathtaking landscapes. Below are some attractive destinations for your reference:

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital 

  • Opening hours: Daily from 07:00 to 17:00.
  • Address: Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province.
  • Ticket price: Around US $1.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital was the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries. Here, you can marvel at the well-preserved temples, particularly the temples dedicated to the Dinh and Le dynasties, showcasing remarkable architecture and intricate carvings.

Learn About Vietnam History In Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Learn About Vietnam's History In Hoa Lu Ancient Capital 


Thung Nham Bird Valley

  • Opening hours: Daily from 07:00 to 18:00.
  • Address: Trang An Scenic Complex, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province.
  • Ticket price: Around US $4.

Thung Nham Bird Valley is a haven for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. Explore the caves, take a boat tour, and witness the spectacular sight of thousands of birds returning to their nests during sunset. The diverse ecosystem and the tranquility of the area make it a delightful destination for eco-tourism.

Enjoy A Boat Trip Surrounded By Thousands Of Birds

Enjoy A Boat Trip Surrounded By Thousands Of Birds


Mua Cave

  • Opening hours: Daily from 06:00 to 17:00.
  • Address: Located on Ngoa Long Mountain, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province.
  • Ticket price: Around US $4.

Mua Cave offers panoramic views of Tam Coc from the summit. The ascent to the top of Mua Cave involves climbing 486 steps. While the climb can be challenging, it is well worth the effort for the unparalleled views awaiting visitors at the summit. The site is particularly popular for sunrise or sunset photography, and the unique vantage point provides a memorable experience.

Enjoy The Panorama Views In Mua Cave

Enjoy The Panorama Views In Mua Cave


Local Tips When Exploring Tam Coc

  • Arrive Early

Arriving at Tam Coc early in the morning not only helps avoid crowds but also allows you to witness the enchanting beauty of the landscape in the soft morning light. 

  • Landscape Photography

To take pictures of Tam Coc from above, you can talk to the boatman so they can stop at a convenient place for you to climb up the cliff. 

  • Dress Comfortably

You should wear flat shoes, sports shoes, or soft sandals to conveniently move around and visit many places. Besides comfortable clothing, consider wearing a hat and applying sunscreen, especially if you plan to spend a significant amount of time outdoors. 

  • Ensure Safety

When on a boat tour, always wear a life jacket. It is a fundamental safety measure, and the boat operators are usually strict about this requirement. Ensure that the life jacket is properly fastened and in good condition.

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