A wonderful surprise. Tam Coc, in the region of Ninh Binh, North Vietnam, is a small haven of peace where you are immersed in an impressive natural setting. Landscapes that can dethrone the very famous Halong Bay. Tam Coc is a small paradise in the middle of rice fields and mountains, far from chaos and crowds, where you live at the rhythm of people on their bikes. Here we discover rural Viet Nam, the one that plunges us into the daily life of farmers and rice farmers.
In short, that was my coup de coeur !
I am sharing some of my favorite activities that we did when we were in Tam Coc ♡
If you’re looking for information and travel tips – what to do and where to sleep in Tam Coc – go straight at the end of this post…
We arrived at Tam Coc after spending 24 hours in the Vietnamese capital (Hanoi) and the change of scenery is total. I immediately feel immersed by a feeling of freedom and calm.
I am riding my bicycle while admiring the landscapes which pass in front of me. How beautiful it is… Vietnam as I imagined it before I left.
It’s only been a few hours since we arrived in the Tam Cocand I’m already under the spell of these alleys, these rice plains, these rocks that spring up everywhere, this tranquility… What a nice surprise.
The hair in the wind, I especially love all these colors and this rhythm of life…
First, the 50 shades of green that colour nature, from rice fields to karst rocks. A nature that seems both wild and, at the same time, so well preserved.
Then, the boat rides, led by these women who row with their feet and who take us to discover the small water paths that thread between the mountains (karst rocks).
Finally, the alleys where dozens of red flags stand, sometimes Vietnamese, sometimes Communist, placed every 15 meters on the electric poles…
I am happy to know that we have almost 3 days to discover this small haven of peace… and clearly, you can’t get bored here!
Tam Coc boat tour in the early morning
Tam Coc is known for its small boat rides, where very often women row…with their feet (yes, yes!). These ladies, for the most part, work first in the rice fields and take advantage of tourism to make ends meet.
From the pier, you are transported inside the small mountains, passing through caves and, within a few minutes, you find yourselves in nature, far from everything…
Riding to discover the surroundings
It is the most popular means of transportation. By bike you can take the most secret paths, get lost in nature, and then advance at the pace of local people
Climbing to Mua Cave (The Lying Dragon Mountain) at sunset
This is the viewpoint I discovered on Instagram, and which is becoming more and more popular. To find the caves of Mua, you have to pass a hotel and climb some stairs (yes, there are almost 2000 steps). From up there, it’s a cinematic setting…
Bích Động Pagoda
A few hours later, I could no longer feel my legs (Cycling can be so exhausting!). I was so happy to find our little bamboo bungalow, where it was so quiet and where the bed was so comfortable. The night falls early and very quickly. It’s 7:30pm and it’s already dark.
Before falling asleep I try to rember all the people we had met during the past two days in Tam Coc. These people we met, with whom we could not always communicate with words, but were happy to offer us their smile and a warm welcome…
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