Just 90 kilometres from Hanoi is one of Vietnam’s famous attractions -- the Tam Coc -- popular for its stunning landscapes and beautiful natural sights.
Even though Tam Coc is just a part of the Trang An Landscape Complex UNESCO World Heritage site, many consider this place more popular than Trang An — you can see it in the number of tourists exploring the area. Apart from its stunning landscapes dotted with towering karsts, relaxing greenery, and caves, Tam Coc is also where Indochin — an Oscar-winning movie — shot some of its scenes. See more of Tam Coc’s charm by joining a boat tour to the famous three caves and limestone grottoes.
Tam Coc is located in Ninh Binh province, 100 kilometres southeast of Hanoi.
Opening Days and Hours
Opens 24 hours, daily.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance is free. Boat tours range from VND 170,000 (USD 8) to VND 250,000 (USD 11).
How to Get There
- Fly to Hanoi via Thai Airways, Vietnam Airlines, AirAsia.
- From Hanoi, board a train to Ninh Binh province.
- Take a taxi or a mototaxi to Tam Coc.
- Solo travelers
- Families with kids
- Groups of friends
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is 2 to 4 hours.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to explore Tam Coc is between March and April, and August and September. The relatively cool weather during these months makes the boat trip more comfortable.
- Boat tour
- Cave hopping
Dining options around Tam Coc include Orchid Restaurant, Minh Toan Restaurant Father Cooking, Thuy Linh Restaurant, Khua Dung, Sunflower Restaurant.
- Bai Dinh Temple
- Cuc Phoung National Park
- Phat Diem Cathedral
- Van Long Nature Reserve
Accommodations around Tam Coc range from budget rooms to more comfortable spaces. Moderately priced homestays include Eco Backpacker Homestay, Tam Coc Homestay, and Ngoc Anc Hotel. Other options include Nam Hoa Hotel, Tam Coc Garden, Anna Tham Hotel, and Coc Bungalow. Rates range from USD 8 to USD 150.