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Highlight: Tam Coc - Bich Dong (Vietnamese: Tam Cốc - Bích Động) is a popular tourist destination near the city of Ninh Binh in northern Vietnam.
The Tam Coc (“three caves”) portion is a three-hour excursion by small boat along the Ngo Dong river, beginning at the village of Van Lam and proceeding through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers. Copy at www.easyindochinatravel.com, The route includes floating through three natural caves (Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba), the largest of which is 125m long with its ceiling about 2m high above the water. The boats are typically rowed by one or two local women who also sell embroidered goods.
Bich Dong is a pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain dating to 1428, comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order. Guided tours generally cover historical points and end with a pleasant view from the top.
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In the morning, we’ll transfer out of Hanoi to Hoa Lu (2.5 hrs). Then, we’ll visit the historic capital of Vietnam and the famous ancient temples of the Le and The Dinh Dynasties. Afterward, we’ll cycle on picturesque, quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops to Tam Coc for lunch. After lunch, we’ll take country roads until we hit Sunny Wharf, a small dock, to board a sampan boat for a journey in the heart of “Inland Ha Long Bay”.
The short boat ride will take us along the Ngo Dong River through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers. The route includes floating through three natural caves (Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba), the largest of which is 125m long with its ceiling about 2m high above the water. We’ll stop for a short rest near a small shrine before returning to the boat to make our way back to the dock. Then, we’ll cycle back to Tam Coc village and board the bus back to Hanoi.
- Air-conditioned bus
- Support vehicle to carry gear, luggage, first aid
- English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees
- Boat trip
- Pick up & drop off at your hotel
- Meals as mentioned (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- All biking gear (bike, helmet, tool kit, water cage)
- Water, snacks, soft drinks, and fresh fruit
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses