Tam Coc is Three caves in Vietnamese. There are total 3 caves here: Hang Cả, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. When doing boat ride here, tourists will sit on a boat and local person drives you along the Ngo Dong river. They also call Tam Coc “the inland Ha Long Bay“.
Hang Ca cave is the first cave and the largest of the 3, with 127 meters long and an entry of 20 meters wide, and a height of 2 meters. Their roofs reminiscent of a desert planet’s surface.
The second cave (also called Hang Hai), distant cave Hang Ca 1 kilometer. Hang Giua has a length of 70 meters and find multitude of estalagtitas on their roofs.
The third and final cave, the Hang Cuoi (Hang Ba) cave, is the smallest of the 3 with 45 meters in length.
The Tam Coc is a popular tourist attraction in Ninh Binh province, Vietnam. With limestone outcrops amid serene rice paddies, Tam Coc is best appreciated on a languorous rowing-boat ride, with the soundtrack of the river lapping against the oars.
Getting to Tam Coc
If you are an independent traveller, you can take the bus from Giap Bat in Hanoi. It takes around 3 hours to arrive at Ninh Binh, where you will then need to get a taxi to Wharf. Alternatively, you can get a train from Hanoi. Both take about 3 hours with final stops in Ninh Binh.
From Hai Phong, bus is good way to save budget. You can go to Niem Nghia or Cau Rao station to grab bus to Ninh Binh.
This is long drive (from 3-3.5 hours drive), so please consider private car for more convenience.
Tour to available: Hoa Lu Tam Coc Ninh Binh day tour. This is the best to go especially in harvest season.