Trang An is a beautiful scenic landscape complex in Viet Nam. One of the featured destination of this place is Tam Coc – Bich Dong. The simplest way to discover this wonderful place is going from Ha Noi.
There are a lot of tours in Ninh Binh starting from Ha Noi. Since it is the capital, it is really convenient going from Ha Noi to another city. In this article, we will take a look at a tour from Ha Noi to Tam Coc. This tour will give you a chance to visit Tam Coc – Bich Dong. It seems to be one of the most wonderful destination for travelers these days.
The location of Tam Coc
This is a famous travel destination in the North Viet Nam. And a part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tam Coc is located in the Ngu Nhac Son mountains, Dam Khe village, Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district and Ninh Binh province.
From Ha Noi to Tam Coc, the distance is about 95 km. If you go by car, it will take only 2 hour. You can take the coach from My Dinh or Giap Bat bus station to Ninh Binh. Then take a taxi to Trang An. The price is affordable at 70.000 – 80.000 VND.
Another choice is to go by train from Ha Noi or Giap Bat train station. Of course, if you are an adventurer, you can go by motorbike. This means you can do sightseeing along the way.
What to explore in Tam Coc?
This place is well known as “Ha Long Bay on the land”. This is thanks to its system of limestone caves and historical relics. These relics have lasted from the Tran dynasty in the 13th and 14th century until now. Tam Coc means “three caves” in Chinese. As the name suggested, Tam Coc includes three natural caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba. These caves were created by the transformation of seawater, rainwater and geology. Those transformations have worn cliffs in a long period of millions of years. All of them are located on Ngo Dong River.
Hang Ca – the the first cave and the largest of 3 caves, it is 127 meters long and its mouth is 20 meters wide. The second cave – Hang Hai – is 60 meters long and has a lot of flats, horizontal stalactites. It takes about 10 minutes from the first cave to the second cave. The third as well as the final cave, Hang Ba, is the smallest one. It is about 50 meters long and the distance is just 100 meters from the second cave.
It takes you about 2 hours to visit all three caves. Visitors will be taken in small boats along Ngo Dong river from Van Lam village. You will go through rice fields and limestone karst, through the caves and then back. The special thing in this Vietnam tour is the local women. They will be the guides of your trips. And they will sell embroidered goods – a kind of souvenirs for travelers.
When to travel to Tam Coc?
Tam Coc is awesome in every season. But it is especially beautiful in spring. When you are on a small boat, flow along the Ngo Dong river. You can see the bright green rice field spread along the river banks.
Bich Dong – a famous destination for tourists from Ha Noi to Trang An
After finishing the 2 – hour trip to visit Tam Coc, go an additional 2 km to Bich Dong. This place is known as the second most beautiful cave in Viet Nam. Bich Dong includes a cave and a pagoda. This pagoda is built on a limestone hill, under the dynasty of King Le Thai To in 1428. Bich Dong pagoda is consisted of 3 structure: Ha (lower), Trung (middle), and Thuong (upper). King Le Hien Tong had named the pagoda “Bach ngoc thach son dong” in 1740.
It means the pagoda was made of beautiful stones like a sapphire in a remote place. And in 1773, Nguyen Nghiem – father of Nguyen Du, one of the greatest poets of Viet Nam – has renamed this pagoda into “Bich Dong”. It means “green grotto”
These are some brief and adequate information that you should know about Tam Coc – Bich Dong. Viet Nam is a beautiful country which is not deficient in great and wonderful sceneries. Let’s take your time to take part in tour from Ha Noi to Tam Coc to see one of the most beautiful places. If you want to know more details, let’s contact Origin Travel to be assisted fully.
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