Tam Coc (Three Caves) is known as the Halong Bay on land and is one of the most beautiful regions in Viet Nam. Located only 100km South from Hanoi city, the region offers an amazing scenery: limestone mountains rising from the sea in the middle of verdant and lush rice fields.
Tam Coc is the starting point of many boat rides along the Ngo Dong river. On board small boats, the ride takes visitors through the countryside and allow them to visit the three main caves: Hang Ca, the largest one, Hang Giua, located 1 km away from the first one, and Ba cave, the smallest one.
Beyond the river, Tam Coc offers many other attractions ready to be discovered by eager travelers. Riding a bicycle is the best way to explore them and to enjoy the surrounding countryside.
One of them is Hoa Lu, worth visiting to discover the rich history of Viet Nam’s ancient capital. Hoa Lu was the native land of Viet Nam’s first two imperial dynasties between the 10th and 11th centuries.
Nature lovers often visit the Van Long nature reserve and the bird garden of Thung Nham. Travelers can also access Cuc Phuong national park, the home of many wildlife animals and of an Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, located less than two hours away from Tam Coc.
Not far from Tam Coc, travelers can visit the Bich Dong pagoda, embedded in mountain rocks. Mua cave is also a must-see attraction. Not only for the cave itself but to admire a unique and breathtaking panorama over the river winding through mountains and rice fields. But such an impressive panorama has to be deserved: visitors have to climb about 400 stairs to reach it.
Tam Coc is easily accessible via buses from Cat Ba island and Hanoi city center.