Ninh Binh Tourism (P.2)

Tam Coc

tam coc

Tam Coc, which means “three caves”, about two hours drives to the south of Hanoi (110 km). In the past this region was the sea in many centuries, karst mountain was eroded  to many odd shapes.

Travelers visit Tam Coc has the only way is taking a sampan. As the sampan gliding on Ngo Dong river guests will leave noise of bustling city behind to feel deeply the pure serenity. On the cruise visitors just hear the sound of oars beating on water, the rustle of wind blowing through bushes, the songs of bird singing… This small sampan rows between the spreading fields of rice on two side of river’s bank. Extending your vision far away is range after range of mountains, sometime goats jumping in.

During this romantic promenade, sampans cruise inside the cool caves: Ca cave(127 m), Giua cave (70 m) and Cuoi cave (40 m).

Bich Dong


In 1773, Mr. Nguyen Nghiem (the father of the great writer Nguyen Du) visited this cave. After viewing the whole scenery of the mountains, waterways, fields, and sky covered in green mist, he gave the cave a very beautiful and romantic name, Bich Dong (which literally means “Green Pearl Grotto”). Bich Grotto has been said that  the second most beautiful cave in Vietnam.

Bich Dong pagoda is on the short drive to the South of Tam Coc, it was built on the Truong Yen limestone mountains range, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. Bich Dong pagoda includes three palaces on three levels: Lower, Middle and Upper pagoda. The Low pagoda has five compartments built on the ground at the foot of mountain. From the Low pagoda up to 120 steps is the impressive Middle pagoda with a half of it was carved into mountain including three compartments. Up to 40 steps is the High pagoda located on the highest point nearby the top of The Bich Dong mountain. From here you can have the wonderful perspective view of the Bich Dong pagoda.

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