Tam Coc is located about two hour drive from Hanoi. The area is somewhat similar to Halong Bay (it is well known as “Halong Bay on Land”), but more accessible.
The main attraction of Tam Coc is the boat ride between the cliffs of the river and through 3 tunnels dug by the river through the peaks. One of Vietnam’s most spectacular sights. If possible, take the boat ride in the morning before the excursion groups arrive from Hanoi, or late afternoon after the groups have left. Last boats start out about 5:30PM in the summer and 4:30PM in the winter. Rowers can usually row with their feet as well as their hands, which makes quite an interest sight.
The area around Tam Coc is equally beautiful, and is best viewed from the back of a motorbike or by bicycle. In Tam Coc itself, apart from the boat ride, there are 2 beautiful sites to visit. These are Bich Dong Pagoda, 3 km after the Tam Coc Pier, built on one of the cliff and which provides incredible views (go all the way to the top of the cliff via the small passage on the right of the last pagoda, which is inside the cliff) and Thai Vi Temple, accessible via the small road on the right of the pier.
Tam Coc Map
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