Tam Coc is a small town in Ninh Binh Province. It is the best place to stay when you decide to visit nearby attractions, with cozy guesthouses, many restaurants serving local and Western food, and a relaxed countryside vibe that you won't find in Ninh Binh Town.
Tam Coc is best known for a boat tour through the natural paradise of stunning flat landscape, with several limestone karsts soaring above peaceful rice paddies. The area is often compared to Halong Bay on land, with 'three caves,' Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. Your guide will paddle effortlessly using his feet, taking you through this magical valley. If you want to see the view from the top, ask your guide at the beginning of the tour to stop and wait for you as you climb up the cliffs. You can also visit a fisherman's house on the water. On the way, you will see locals spreading fishing nets, birds flying low, cruising through caves with impressive formations of stalactites hung just above your head. At the turning point, traders sell drinks and snacks directly from their boats.
Tam Coc is a UNESCO site with rainforest-covered mountains, immense valleys, water channels, and limestone cliffs. Do the boat tour as early as possible to enjoy the perfect weather and avoid the heat and traffic on the water. The boats are tiny and shaky, and only two passengers are allowed on each boat, so pack lightly and take only the stuff you need. You must pay both for a person and a boat, so be prepared for that, as at first, it looks like a scam. The boat's regular price was 150k and 120k for each person for a 1,5 to 2,5 h trip. If you want to stay longer, for example, to visit the viewpoints, discuss that with your guide, and tip a small amount. There are no bathrooms on the way.