Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Tour
Tam Coc – A Nice Getaway from the Hustle and Bustle of Hanoi
If you’re staying in Hanoi for a little while, you’re going to be craving for some wide open green space. Luckily, Vietnam still has a lot of natural unspoiled scenery in Southeast Asia. And you’ll find that little slice of heaven at Tam Coc’s Ngo Dong River.
This was a very well planned tour with lovely Guides. The Temples at Hoa Lu are beautiful and the boat trip down the river in Tam Coc was breathtaking. The whole tour was an experience that my wife and I will treasure.
Tam Coc is located about 2 and 1/2 hours drive from Hanoi’s old quarters.
Hoa Lu and Tam Coc are two of the most picturesque spots in all of the north. For 41 years, from 968 to 1009 CE, Hoa Lu was the ancient capital of Vietnam. Nearby Tam Coc is often referred to as “Ha Long among the rice paddies.” Visitors are conveyed by rowboat along the peaceful Tam Coc stream past green fields and the feet of mountains into the mouths of caves, where they encounter new surprises, like stalactites and stalagmites that shimmer like gemstones just inches from the water.
The whole experience was great. Its well worthwhile and reasonable value for money. As I remember our tour package cost around $40USD and includes a buffet lunch, all entrance fees including a bicycle rental so you can explore the country side of Ninh Binh province where Tam Coc is located. We love the cycle ride so we enjoyed even if was really hot.
The choice of food at lunch also exceeded my expectations. The only piece of advice I can offer to make the day more fulfilling for other passengers is to bring a good book for the return journey, which can be fairly long and tedious due to the traffic in and round Hanoi.
Ngo Mon or “Ngo Gate” to the King Đinh Temple