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Beside Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, Tam Coc – Bich Dong are the most well-known tourist sites in Ninch Binh Province & named locally as “Halong Bay on land” for its similar poetic, awe-inspiring views và inspirational natural scenery. Popular day trips or stopover tours often include Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, another famous historical relic, in their Ninh Binch travel itinerary. Below is a quiông xã guide khổng lồ Tam Coc – Bich Dong by Vietphái nam Travel’s tour experts.

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Tam Coc – Bich Dong in Ninh Binh are named locally as “Halong Bay on land” for its similar poetic, awe-inspiring views and inspirational natural scenery

Bich Dong Pagodomain authority is a three-tiered ancient pagodomain authority on the nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain dated to 1428 under the Ly Dynasty, comprising Lower – Middle – Upper Pagodas in ascending order. Bich Dong literally means “Green Pearl Grotto” because it’s surrounded by magnificent scenery of mountains, waterways, fields & sky covered by green mist. This picturesque landscape is added by charming & mysterious Tam Coc site. In English, Tam Coc means “Three Caves”, including First Cave (Hang Ca) – Middle Cave (Hang Giua) – Last Cave (Hang Cuoi).

Location and transportation lớn Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Tam Coc – Bich Dong is situated at Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninch Binch Province. To access this tourist site from Hanoi, you could travel by train, by motorbike or by private car/van khổng lồ Ninh Binch City, which is about 100km south of Hanoi or almost 2-hour drive. Tam Coc – Bich Dong is 11 km from Ninc Binc City and can be approached by motorbike or private car/van, except train.


The most convenient way to travel from Hanoi khổng lồ Tam Coc – Bich Dong Complex is taking 2-hour private transportation

You could choose any type of above sầu transportation, depending on your travel interest & budget. But if you want to lớn relax và enjoy most of the drive sầu khổng lồ Ninch Binch, the best option is taking private oto và a local guide who could provide abundant source of information & local knowledge for your short valuable holiday.

Travelling by bus or train is the most economical way but a bit time-consuming as you have to follow bus/train schedule. And from the bus/train drop off point in Ninch Binch, passengers have to lớn take a xe taxi transfer khổng lồ Tam Coc – Bich Dong site.

Riding motorbike or driving yourselves lớn Ninh Binch is not a bad idea, but traffic in Vietphái mạnh is bit different lớn the rest of the world & most of visitors would not choose that.

Best time to visit

There is no exact answer for the question: “When is the best time khổng lồ visit Tam Coc – Bich Dong?” because it remains the unique beauty all year round. The answer depends on each person’s expectation and travel interest.


Spectacular aerial view of Tam Coc landscape captured from the mountain top

* January lớn April is suitable for those who like cool weather và festival activities. This is also the time lớn see green rice fields along two banks of Ngo Dong River when you visit Tam Coc. During Tet holiday (late January or early February), locals organize a lot of festivals so the vibe is really great.


Tam Coc shimmers in the golden color of ripened rice paddies & summer sunlight

* May to June is when the weather is hot, humid with rainfalls but tourists will have chance to lớn witness magical scene created by mother nature. The floating rice fields on the two sides of the Ngo Dong River will turn inkhổng lồ golden color, while the lagoon right at the entrance gate to lớn Bich Dong Grotto lớn is highlighted with blossom lotus flowers.

Things khổng lồ do

Take the rowing boat ride along Ngo Dong River


Boating along Ngo Dong River

Known as “Halong Bay on land”, Tam Coc is a must-see place for first time visitors in Ninch Binc. The 2-hour boat ride in Tam Coc will start from Van Lam Pier, run along Ngo Dong River, beautiful rice paddies, unique limestone karsts và pass underneath three caves. Just rethành viên to lớn keep your head low in the boat khổng lồ avoid hitting on the low ceilings of these chất lượng mountain erosions. With 127m in length và 20m in width, Hang Ca (First Cave) is regarded as the longest one & contains most fascinating natural arts deep inside. You may feel amazed of how your boat captain uses their legs lớn row the wooden paddles. Don’t forget khổng lồ turn on your camera lớn record these beautiful moments. Here, you may feel like disappearing from the real world & getting lost in such a hidden fairy site.

Entrance fee: 1đôi mươi,000 VND/ visitorBoat fee: 150,000 VND/ boat (4 Vietnamese per boat/ 2 foreigners per boat).Visiting time: About 2 hours.

Explore Bich Dong Pagodomain authority và Cave


Irresistible fairytale beauty of Bich Dong Pagodomain authority in the lotus blooming season

No Ninh Binh itinerary would be perfected without a visit lớn Bich Dong, which is located 2 km from Tam Coc. Much like its name as “Green Pearl Grotto”, Bich Dong nestles in the jungle of mountains, rivers, water, rice fields around in green. To come deeply inlớn the chambers of Bich Dong – the “second most beautiful grotlớn in Vietnam”, tourists will walk on a stone bridge over a lotus pond and pass through the entrance gate. Situated at the grandiose Ngu Nhac mountain, Bich Dong Pagoda’s ornate gate itself is one of the most iconic sights in Ninch Binh. Not as a usual pagodomain authority, Bich Dong consists of 3 separate layered pagodas which are Lower (Ha), Middle (Trung) and Upper (Thuong) Pagoda on different levels. Inside each cave sầu pagodomain authority, looming statues và the smoke of burning incense create an otherworldly atmosphere. It will take about 2 hours to reach the Upper Pagodomain authority khổng lồ enjoy the magnificent view of Tam Coc region from above sầu but it is definitely worth the effort!

Visitors can take leisure biking from Tam Coc khổng lồ Bich Dong lớn enjoy the beautiful và peaceful countryside landscape along the way.

Entrance fee: Free.

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Visiting time: About 2 hours.

Attractions near Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Tnhì Vi Temple (Đền Thái Vi)


Tnhị Vi Temple dated 13th century & worships Kings và Generals of Tran dynasty

Tnhì Vi Temple is about 1.5 km away from the main Tam Coc tourist pier, so worth doing a quichồng detour. If you not in the rush, you are highly recommended to lớn take a walk or bike ride along small village path from Tam Coc boat pier lớn this peaceful & atmospheric temple. The surrounding limestone karsts and rice fields are stunning. The temple distinguishes itself from others with chất lượng features of worship và typical Vietnamese culture. Thai Vi Temple dated 13th century & worships Kings & Generals of Tran dynasty. Its architecture style followed the concept of “Internal attack with outside support” (Nội Công Ngoại Quốc in Vietnamese). In addition, main parts of the temple were built from stone, as well as the altar và worshiping items, which make tourists admire the stone carving art of Ninch Binh’s sculptors. If luchồng, you may have sầu an opportunity to witness a ceremony, to lớn meet an old shaman (custodian) or a monk & get interesting stories và legends about the temple.

Mua Cave sầu (Hang Múa)

Mua Cave is situated 3 kilometers from Tam Coc. After finishing the boat ride in Tam Coc, the leisure stroll to Thai Vi Temple, tourists will continue the journey khổng lồ Mua Cave in the later of the day to lớn enjoy the cool air and the stalactites which are formed in many shapes & sizes. It is also considered as a miniature version of the Chinese Great Wall. To reach on the top with the magnificent panoramic 360-degree views of Tam Coc with rice fields on Ngo Dong River, visitors must prepare good physical conditions to lớn finish 500 stone stair-steps.

If you can embark on higher climb, make your way up khổng lồ the top of the mountain to see the Lying Dragon statue sits. From this peak, you’ll marvel at the patchwork quilt of green rice fields below, the snaking rivers weaving in, out, và around the ancient karsts. The panoramic view is best enjoyed in sunphối, when the sun slowly hides its glowing vanilla beams under the jungle-covered tops of limestone mountains. Also, make sure you wear proper shoes, especially in the rainy season as the steps can become slippery.

Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel


Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel – the economic & political centre of Dai Co Viet, the kingdom which predates Vietphái nam in the 10th and 11th centuries

Hoa Lu was the economic & political centre of Dai Co Viet, the kingdom which predates Vietphái mạnh, in the 10th & 11th centuries. Most of what you’ll see today at Hoa Luu Citadel is a reconstruction that was built in the 17th century. It contains several temples and statues that stand in beautifully created parks. Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel is worth investing in a guided tour of Ninc Binc as hearing beautiful piece of Vietnamese history and stories will really bring the experience to lớn life.

Suggested restaurants in Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Your trip to lớn Tam Coc – Bich Dong may not be completed without tasting some local dishes. The most signature specialties here are fried rice crust (cơm cháy) served with goat meat (thịt dê). Fried rice crust is made from steamed rice, then being soaked inkhổng lồ hot oil pan until it turns yellow and crispy. It is eaten as a delicious snachồng when being dipped in warm sauce. The goat meat has a gamey flavor and it is cooked inlớn many dishes such as fermented goat meat, steamed goat meat, grilled goat meat, rare goat meat.


Goat meat – the most signature specialty in Ninh Binh, can be cooked into lớn many dishes such as fermented goat meat, steamed goat meat, grilled goat meat, rare goat meat

Good restaurants below are recommended for tourists khổng lồ try those specialties with price range from 10 USD per person.• Anh Dzung Garden Restaurant – Tam Coc Village, Van Lam Commune, Ninc Binh District).• Minc Toan Restaurant Father Cooking – Tam Coc Village, Van Lam Commune, Ninch Binh.• Golden Rice Restaurant (fine dining option) – Ninch Binch Hiddem Charm Hotel, No. 9, Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist center, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binch.

Places to lớn stay

Tam Coc – Bich Dong is one of the most popular tourist sites in Ninc Binc with many choices for overnight accommodations from budget to luxury category. Within the scope of this article, we will provide the best options for every budget, depending on good Reviews from our fellow clients.

Budget Options

•Tam Coc Paradise Homestay – great location, great chance to communicate khổng lồ local family, tasty meals cooked by hospitable hosts.

•Tam Coc Rice Fields Resort – great value for money, swimming pool with amazing view khổng lồ surrounded limestone karsts.


Tam Coc Rice Fields Resort

Mid-budget Options


Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

Hidden Charm Hotel và Resort – amazing pool with a view, good location, spacious rooms, breakfast included.

Luxury Options

Aravinda Resort – amazing location near the limestone mountains, luxurious rooms, super-friendly staff, excellent breakfast.


Whether you take day trip or longer journey to Tam Coc – Bich Dong, the most comfortable và convenient means of transportation is taking private car with escorted English speaking guide. We are always available for piông xã up and drop off service from your khách sạn in Hanoi by private oto being suitable with the number of people in your group, together with arrange your trip to Tam Coc – Bich Dong and surrounding areas. It will dispel your worries about having to lớn drive yourself in Vietnam’s chaotic và complicated traffic, about the road map, as well as having a completely private space on the oto without sharing with strangers.

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Two of our Ninh Binh’s best-selling day tours & excursions are Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex (day trip) và Ninh Binch Excursion (2 days/ 1 night). We also add many other Ninch Binh’s itineraries inlớn our tour packages, tương tác our Vietnam giới Travel’s consultants for more details.