Tam Coc is located in Van Lam hamlet, Ninh Hai
commune, Hoa Lu district, in the tourist route of Tam Coc-Bich Dong. Tam Coc
means Three caves. These caves were made due to the transformation of geology,
seawater and rainwater that have worn cliffs in a long period of millions of
years.Tam Coc Boat Trip
Tam Coc is located in Van Lam hamlet, Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, in the
tourist route of Tam Coc-Bich Dong. Tam Coc means Three caves. These caves were
made due to the transformation of geology, seawater and rainwater that have worn
cliffs in a long period of millions of years.
Tam Coc is situated on Ngo Dong River and are permeated by the water of this
river, so they are also called the 3 water caves. Known as Ha Long Bay on the
rice paddies, it can only be reached by boats rowed along a meandering river
which makes it way through three caves before unveiling a secluded watery
Tam Coc consists of the Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba grottoes which are adorned
with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites of different shapes and colors
sparkling like gemstones.
On either side of the boats, there are green rice fields and lotus puddles.
Rapids have developed in the Ngo Dong River by the accumulation of falling rock
The rapids look like a front screen of Ca cave and create a branching road
before the tourists boat visit Ca Cave.
Ca cave is located at the foot of a big mountain that crosses over Ngo Dong
River. It is called Ca cave, as it is the first cave and also the longest and
broadest cave of Tam Coc tour. If visiting the cave in the morning, you can see
that a cliff at the entrance to the cave is sparkling and colorfully reflected
by water surface when the sunshine passes by.
When the tourist boat goes inside the cave, the atmosphere is cool; the bowels
of the cave are widely opened with sparkling stalactites dripping water to the
river. The sound of water lapping to the boat sides and the sound of rowing boat
make a clear and miraculous sound. As the cave is relatively long, you will have
a feeling that the time is passing by more slowly with only some flickering
light rays from the end of the cave gate.Tam Coc Limestone Mountain
Getting out of Ca cave, the tourist boat glides on shadows of mountain and
clouds. In the distance, on the right, there is an impressive range of mountains
with many big stones heaped together. The stones have been eroded by seawater
for millions of years that creating regular long and straight lines which
resembles Ankor temple in Cambodia. Following our itinerary, we will see the Ham
Rong Mountain and the Kim Quy Mountain with the image of grazing goats and
ancient cycad trees.
Meandering partly along the river, getting access to Hai Cave; tourists seem to
be lost in the heaven because of the never- ending stretching lotus ponds with
their specific perfume, and beautiful picture of mountain, river and water. Hai
Cave rests under shadows of trees; the cave is 60 meters long and 18 meters
wide; it is also situated at the foot of a mountain that crosses over Ngo Dong
River. From the entrance to the ceiling of the cave, there are many stalactites
with different shapes. When we are rowing our boats in the cave, we have the
feeling of rowing among clouds of stalactites silhouetted against the water. The
stalactites project down to the river from the ceiling of the cave so low that
tourists can touch them.
Getting out of Hai Cave, the scenery is very imposing with mountains surrounding
a part of Ngo Dong River which meanders through green rice seeding fields. The
river between Hai Cave and Ba Cave is rather short; only around 100 meters.
Therefore, when we have just got out of Hai Cave we can see Ba cave at the
corner of the river. In the mountain, on the right hand there is a big cave; it
is Bat Cave (Doi Cave) where flocks of bats live. There is another cave on the
left, which has a big stone standing next to the entrance. The stone has the
shape of a maiden girl sitting cross-legged, enjoying the view of tourists
bobbing on boats in the river. Ba Cave appears with an entrance like a
cross-fracture of the mountain, it is the smallest of the 3 caves but it is the
coolest and has a pleasant breeze. The ceiling of Ba cave is low, the reflected
light make tourist feel like heaven.
Say goodbye to Ba Cave, tourists can go ashore to relax, enjoy the scenery of
mountains and valleys and from a far distance, and aroma of lotus ponds.
Tam Coc in the past was honored to welcome the Father of the King, Tran Nhan
Tong, and the Queen mother. In the time of the resistance wars against France
and the USA, Tam Coc was used as a base of Ninh Binhs troops and people and was
recognized as a cultural and historical relic by the State. In Tam Coc all year
round, Ngo Dong River is busy with boats carrying Vietnamese and foreign
tourists to contemplate and enjoy the beauty of nature that is regarded as the
Halong Bay on the land.