Tam Coc Bich Dong is a cave complex and a key national tourist area of Vietnam. This place is also known by beautiful names such as “Ha Long Bay on land” or “Nam Thien De Nhi Dong”. The entire area is surrounded by a system of limestone caves and many valuable historical relics.
Which season is best to visit Tam Coc?
Due to its diverse terrain, including hills, rivers and fields. Therefore, to see Tam Coc Ninh Binh in its most beautiful days, visitors can come here in the summer, around late May to June. This time in Ninh Binh is considered the most beautiful. Visitors to Ninh Binh this season will be overwhelmed when admiring the bright yellow rice fields at the foot of the mountain, along both sides of the Ngo Dong River. Visitors traveling in other seasons of the year can also admire the equally interesting harvest and young seedling season.
In addition, from May to June is also the time when the lotus pond near Tam Coc Ninh Binh blooms brilliantly. Amidst the mountainous landscape, the cool, fragrant green lotus ponds and pink lotus flowers create a beautiful scene. To see the lotus pond in this season, visitors must move from Tam Coc to nearby Hang Mua, at the foot of Ngoa Long mountain.
The beginning of the third lunar month is also the time when Ninh Binh welcomes many tourists to participate in the Truong Yen festival in Hoa Lu. Traveling this season, tourists not only see the bright golden rice fields or temple festivals but also float down the Ngo Dong river by boat, admiring the mountains in this area.
Explore Tam Coc Ninh Binh
Three caves scenic complex
The name Tam Coc originates from the system of 3 caves here. Among them, Ca Cave has the largest area and the longest. The cave height is up to 20m, the cave length is more than 127m. According to legend, this was once the place where a fairy with white hair like clouds sat fishing.
Up to now, when viewed from afar, you can still recognize Hang Ca as having the appearance of a relaxing fairy. The climate in the cave is very cool, suitable for escaping the hot heat of the Northern summer.
In particular, the stalactites of all shapes and sizes hanging down make visitors constantly admire.
About 1km after Ca Cave is Hai Cave. Even though it is only about 60 meters long, the experience of sitting on a boat through the cave and watching the sparkling stalactites is also extremely interesting. The scenery and climate in the cave are not too different from Ca cave.
This cave is quite different from the previous two caves, the ceiling is much lower than Ca cave and Hai cave.After the boat passes through Ba cave, you will admire the picturesque natural scenery of Tam Coc Ninh Binh.
Areas around Tam Coc Ninh Binh
Following the oars of bamboo boats, tourists can also visit places in the Tam Coc Bich Dong tourist area. The gentle sound of oars amidst the quiet, mountainous and charming scenery gives visitors a wonderful feeling like never before. According to Ninh Binh travel experience, there are a number of other places that tourists can visit during their trip to Tam Coc Ninh Binh.
Bich Dong Pagoda
Bich Dong is a beautiful dry cave located halfway up the mountain, about 2km from Tam Coc Ninh Binh wharf. This name dates back to 1773, given by Prime Minister Nguyen Khiem – father of the great poet Nguyen Du.
In front of Bich Dong is a water cave through the mountain, called Xuyen Thuy Dong. Standing from the cave, you can see a branch of the Ngo Dong river, softly winding like a silk strip.
With scenery that is hard to match anywhere else, this place is fondly called “Nam Thien De Nhi Dong”, just after Huong Tich and Huong Son caves.
Xuyen Thuy Cave
This is a dark, flooded cave, shaped like a semicircular pipe, about 350m long and about 6m wide. The ceiling and walls of the cave are quite flat and have a very unique arch shape.
The entrance to Xuyen Thuy Dong is opposite Bich Dong Pagoda at the back of the mountain. If you go here, you can combine it with climbing activities to reach the temple!
Thai Vi Temple
Thai Vi Temple is a place to worship kings and generals of the Tran Dynasty. Previously, this place was built as Vu Lam Palace with the purpose of strengthening forces in the second war against the Yuan-Mongol army.
Located amidst the picturesque natural landscape of Tam Coc Ninh Binh, the temple possesses a unique architecture in the style of “Foreign Noi Cong”, which will certainly make visitors admire.
Coming to Tam Coc Ninh Binh, visitors can admire the majestic beauty of the mountains but also the poetic Ngo Dong river and rice fields on both banks.