Tam Coc, Hanoi
nick-named the Halong Bay of the rice paddies. It's a beautiful place... too me it was debateable whether Halong Bay was more beautiful cause of the garbage everywhere in the ocean. The whole area is covered in huge limestone cliffs jutting out of the rice paddies. Most people take a two hour rowboat ride down a small river. Passing through caves and by huge cliffs. A very beautiful spot. Many of the boat drivers row the boats with their feet... strange but interesting. You will be pressured to look at your drivers embroidery. If you have no interest in buying anything then don't show any interest or you may find it hard to get out of your boat.....
This is a worthwhile tour out of Hanoi to a place called Tam Coc, meaning "3 Caves". While Halong is known as a sea of limestone islands, Tam Coc is a rice field of limestone islands.
You take a boat ride and will go under 3 caves.
You do not need to row but interesting to see some of the boatmen or boatwomen rowing with their feet. This is a great short trip outside Hanoi.
This is the area also known as the "Halong Bay on earth", Tam Coc means roughly "3 caves". The highlight of this place is a trip up the Ngo Dong river, being punted along by women under the eye of the limestone towers. This could be splendid under a bit of sun, but once again it was very misty when I was here, although this did give the place a very strange atmosphere.
Using Sinh travel I ventured on a bus to Tam Coc. Having just been to Ha Long bay the day before, I thought I might be disappointed. I was wrong. If it were not for the heat I think I could have spent the day on the water. I could have taken pictures all day long it was so magnificent. Two tourists are on each boat accompanied by one or two rowers. We had two middle aged ladies who did not seem to tire on the two hour journey in stifling heat.
We booked a trip with Vega Travel to "HANOI– HOA LU– TAM COC" in 2009. Less than US$10, you can travel outside of Hanoi to visit ancient temples and ride boat along the river at Tam Coc.
We traveled south from Hanoi to Hao Lu ancient citadel for about 2 hours. We arrived at Hao Lu, and visited two old temples, Denh and Le King Temple. This area was surrounded by hill, mountains and paddy fields. Then we continued the bus ride to Tam Coc. When we arrived Tam Coc, we had lunch in a nearby restaurant at Tam Coc Harbour front. I remembered it was a good lunch with fish, meat, vegetables, and fruits. After lunch, we boarded into one of those small paddle boat cruised along the river. We had seen beautiful scenery along Tam Coc tunnel grottes. A middle-age mother and a teenager daughter were paddling the boat, and they tried to sell somethings to us during the ride. We thought this might be their part-time job for her to raise her family, so we bought something from her and a small tips.
This is a tour to go with if you have an extra day in Hanoi. Highly recommended!!
The main highlight of the tour.
It's nice to have someone row the boat (included in the tour price) while you enjoy the beautiful scenery for 2 hours.
Tips: Bring your sunglasses and hat/umbrella to protect yourself from the blazing sun.
A river criuse . A great places to visit. You can take nice photo here.
Book from travel agency USD20 plus per pax