NB01: Tam Coc Grottoes - Bich Dong Pagoda - Thai Vi - Mua Cave

The Tam Cốc (“three caves”) portion is a three-hour excursion by small boat along the Ngô Đồng River, beginning at the village of Van Lam and proceeding through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers. The route includes floating through three natural caves (Hang Cả, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba), the largest of which is 125m long with its ceiling about 2m high above the water. The boats are typically rowed by one or two local women.

Cycle to Tam Coc Tam Coc boat trip

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. 

Thai Vi Temple Mua Cave

Situated in Tam Coc - Bich Dong tourism area, Thai Vi temple was built to remember the Kings of Tran dynasty for establishment of Vu Lam Royal step-over in 1258 after the Kings passed away.

Mua Cave is very impressive with small grove of trees, but the main attraction is a 500-step trek to the pagoda at the top where there’s a simple altar to Quan Am (Goddess of Mercy). Really spectacular views including Tam Coc cave (see where the tour boats go!)

8h30 Start to cycle with your local tour guide through countryside road with picturesque sceneries to Tam Coc. The tour guide helps you to talk with local people, learn about their life, let you take memorable pictures.         
9h00 Take a 2 hour boat trip to visit Tam Coc.
11h00 Continue to cycle to Bich Dong Pagoda.
12h00 Have lunch in a local restaurant near Tam Coc.
13h30 Cycle to Thai Vi Temple (just next to Tam Coc).
14h30 Continue to ride on the countryside roads with rice fields to Mua Cave where you will climb 500 steps to get beautiful views of Tam Coc and city's downtown.
16h00 Cycle back to your hotel. Tour finishes at around 17h00.

What to bring
• Camera
• Hat
• Umbrella
• Sunblock     

Included in price
• Entry fees
• Boat trip
• Bicycles          
• Lunch 
• Hotel pickup
• guide 

• Tips are welcome !

Not included in price
• Travel insurance  
• Drinks
• Other personal expenses.


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US$49 per person



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