Tam Coc – Ninh Binh

Overview of Tam Coc

Name of Tam Coc represent the grottos in Hoa Lu District, Ninh Hai commune and Ninh Binh Province. They are listed in UNESCO world heritage site near the village of Tam Coc in Ninh Binh province. They used to be very active in old times whereas erosion converted them into various shapes of karst landscapes.

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Beautiful sunset from the top of Mua Cave - Tam coc

This is a very popular tourist destination with scenic areas and interesting activities. You can enjoy a lot of things in this area. There are places filled with limestone cliffs near riverbanks, green rice fields and water lilies. You can rent a scooter or bicycle to explore the landscapes.

Things to do at Tam Coc

Tam Coc Boat Tour

This is a very stunning landscape that can be explored through the riverbanks. These are ancient caves which are converted into beautiful rock formations due to tidal waves and erosion. You can have an unforgettable boat tour in this picturesque place. Boat tour lasts for 2 hours that starts from the town. You can witness the panoramic views of the area from the river.


Den Thai Vi Temple

It is short walk away from Tam Coc. Views on the way are amazing and worth capturing so remember bringing your camera. You can click many stunning photos of the area. Den Thai Vi Temple is a small place whereas the surrounding areas are extremely beautiful. There are thin walking trails with large ponds and lily pads on both sides. You can spend a very relaxing extra time to enjoy landscapes.


 Bich Dong – A Pagoda in a cave

This is a small pagoda near caves with a very picturesque surrounding. You can reach it by a boat or use a small trail to walk. It was built during the 14th century by Le Thai To. This area was considered as the most beautiful area of the Ninh Binh province in those times. Some visitors also rent a bicycle to reach the pagoda. Be aware of the scammers in the area because they try to charge hefty amount for bicycle. Its entrance is from a small archway in the mountain on the river bank.


The secret cave temple

This is a small hidden gem that can be found while going toward the Thung Nham or Bich Dong Pagoda. It takes only ten minutes to reach the attraction. If you have a phobia of bats, then avoid visiting it because there are many bats at the entrance of the cave. There is a small shrine in the cave where you can pray. You can climb rocks and see the limestone cliffs from the viewpoint of the hills. Download maps to access the areas easily.


Mua Caves

It is a wonderful tourist spot of Tam Coc from where you can see rice fields and limestone cliff views. This can be accessed by walking 500 steps whereas it’s totally worth it because there are a lot of things to see in the area. There is a park that you can visit in a very small entrance fee. It has swings, ponds, small sculptures and caves.

peak of hang mua

Accommodation (Budget, Moderate and luxury) near Tam Coc

Tam Coc Victoria Hotel

This is the best accommodation if you want to stay near the boats and caves. Hotel offers free Wi-Fi, comfortable room and many other facilities.


Khach San Tam Coc Holiday Villa

Hotel is located near the Thung Nham bird park with views of the mountains and beautiful surroundings. Rooms have flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee makers, mini fridges and many more.


Tam Coc Garden Resort

The upscale resort is located in the Red River delta. Scenic landscape complex has rice fields. There are 8 bungalows and rooms with bamboo and stone décor. Rooms have mini fridges, free Wi-Fi, room-safes, garden views terraces, separate living rooms and much more.


Places to eat

Dao Phuket Bar

Bar serves European, Asian and English cuisines with a variety of drinks and cocktails. It is the best area to enjoy music and parties.

Chu’s house Tam Coc

There are different types of vegetarian, fast food, European and vegan options. Menu also contains wine and beer.

Khao dung restaurant

It is an American Bar, café and restaurant. You can have a variety of Asian and authentic Vietnamese cuisines. Menu also contains many vegetarian and vegan options.

Airport info

Hanoi has Noi Bai Airport and major airlines from all over the world are operated from this airport. You can book a tour from Hanoi to Tam Coc.



Various minivans and buses are available from Hanoi to the Boat Wharf. People can travel by train, private taxi or cab to Tam Coc.

This is a wonderful area to visit with plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes. It is surrounded by a variety of stunning areas to visit. This landscape is a UNESCO world heritage site that is admired by tourists from all around the world.

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