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Travel Guide > Asia > Vietnam > Đồng bằng sông Hồng > Ninh Bình > Sights & Attractions

Tam Coc

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Located 9km south of Ninh Binh, Tam Coc is one of Vietnam's most spectacular sights. A boat can be hired that will take you through the waterways. Vast limestone cliffs rise out of the rice paddies. The area is somewhat similar to Halong Bay, but more accessible and much less touristy. Beware, the floating drink sellers can be very persistent. They are located after the third cave. Most will ask if you would like to buy a drink for the rower. This is usually sold back immediately for half price.

Your rower would be happier with a tip when you finish. Apparently rowers earn 45,000 Dong per trip. They can usually row with their feet as well as their hands, which makes quite an interest sight. It is a good idea to bring some smaller notes to tip them. Possibly the best time to go is late afternoon, when its quieter and cooler with more shade. Also the drink sellers will be tiring and might be more prepared to sell you a cold drink cheaper if you need one.

Last boats start out about 5.30 PM in the summer and 4.30 PM in the winter. Its an easy bicycle ride here from Ninh Binh, with no hills. The area around Tam Coc is equally beautiful, and is best viewed from the back of a motorbike or by bicycle. There is also a temple atop one of the hills which provides incredible views.

Type of place: Nature/Wildlife
Costs: 60,000 dong per person, minimum 2 people per boat
Location: Ninh Bình, Vietnam

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