Ninh Binh Tam Coc boat ride – Explore the nature in an outstanding look

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - November 02, 2018

Ninh Binh Tam Coc boat ride – explore nature in an outstanding look

If you love natural scenery, love biodiversity in reserve forests, or a professional photographer hunting out every single aspect of life, don’t miss the precious chance to immerse into the wonderland with Ninh Bnh boat ride. 

Ninh Binh boat ride – the trip we will never forget

Ninh Binh boat ride – the trip we will never forget

Famous for boat trip paddled by locals, Ninh Binh is one of the most remarkable destinations in Vietnam. Floating on a river, we have a valuable opportunity to contemplate serene ambiance and sense the breath of nature.

But the question, between Trang An and Tam Coc, which boat ride should we choose?Let’s consider fully aspects of each destination to make the best decision for you!

Trang An boat ride – Do you realize Kong: Skull Island?

Considered as Ha Long Bay on land, Trang An is brilliant with calm waters, beautiful green surroundings, spectacular caves the boat takes us through. Sparkling emerald rivers go around pristine, mysterious caves, valleys and antique, grave temples.

Trang An - Halong Bay on land

Trang An – Ha Long Bay on land

Under towering limestone cliffs covered in lush rainforests, floating on the calming river, we will contemplate breathtaking views and tranquil, serene atmosphere.

On the natural area of 600 ha, going through 48 caves and 31 valleys, we will utterly be surprised with what we see.

In the first route, we will go across 3 temples and 12 caves, on historical Sao Khe river. The first place we are off the board is Trinh temple, constructed with an architecture of “Dinh” letter. Before, this temple is the place of registration, reporting license to get into the interior palace.

Then, the rowboat leads us to visit one of the most spectacular caves in Trang An. The first cave is “Hang Toi”, 320m long, dark and winding. Contrasting to Hang Toi, Hang Sang, or Tu Quy valley, is shining with showy sunlight and the fresh green of trees on 2 sides.

Hang Toi – a surprisingly dark cave

Hang Toi – a surprisingly dark cave

The third cave of the journey is Hang Nau Ruou, which means “cooking wine cave”. Inside the cave, there is a 10m deep underground water circuit, which water is really pure, fresh and cool. In the past, people got water here to distill wine respectfully giving the King. Also, many wine jars were found here, that’s why we called Hang Nau Ruou.

Hang Nau Ruou with a bunch of wine jars

Hang Nau Ruou with a bunch of wine jars

After that, we will visit other famous temple like Tran temple, Phu Khong, and a series of amazing caves such as Ba Giot, Sinh cave, Si cave, Seo cave… We will hear a sad love story about 2 royal people in this Trang An land, attached to the formation of 3 caves here.

Ba Giot Cave – a piece of a sad story

Ba Giot Cave – a piece of a sad story

Also, there are some small tips and rules you may notice:

  • No flash is allowed when taking pictures, especially in the temple
  • There are 3 routes visiting Trang An, but only one route going to Kong: Skull Island movie set.
  • We are handed out life jackets before starting Trang An boat ride
  • Bring along a hat, sunglasses and wear sunscreen if you want.
  • To grasp the extent of the landscape, it’s better to see views from a higher vantage point. If you’re a professional photographer and don’t want to miss these amazing moments, take along a drone!
  • 3 hours boat ride and you can feel great values in this destination.

Tam Coc boat ride – Rice fields and authentic farming activities

With a natural area about 350 ha, Tam Coc is totally worth visiting by pristine, majestic beauty of mountains, rivers, and forests. Following the call of nature, we will harmonize with the gentle rhythm of poetic Ngo Dong river, contemplate hanging-down stalactites in various shape.

The transparency of water, with various-shape mountains, creates a perfect harmony, a precious gift which nature gives us.

Tam Coc Boat ride – a trip you cant miss

Tam Coc Boat ride – a trip you can_t miss

  • First, we will arrive at 3 caves formed by Ngo Dong river going through mountain chains. Stalactites hang down so far, creates unique and extraordinary beauty. However, sometimes we need to bow ahead a little to avoid the risk of hitting stalactites.
  • Tam Coc landscape, especially on the 2 banks of Ngo Dong river, can change by seasons (green or yellow of rice paddy).
  • If you want to see yellow color of rice paddy, late May, and early June seem an appropriate time to contemplate this beautiful pastoral picture.
  • 3 hours seems a reasonable time to contemplate all the beauty of this magnificent world.

Thung Nang (Sun Valley)

Immersing in a far-flung space of sunny valley as its name, we will have the feeling of touching sunlight and tasting pastoral flavor like rice paddy and gentle wind. On the road to Thung Nang, there is an antique temple named Voi, a hundred-year-old with stone architecture carved subtly and elaborately.

Thung Nang boats its pristine beauty

Thung Nang boats its pristine beauty

Local tips:

  • During the boat trip, if you see a picturesque landscape and want to stop for taking photos, ask the paddling local before. Because of their long-year experience and expert in topography, they will stop in the most convenient place, If you stand up immediately without asking, you can make danger for yourself and people on the boat.
  • In Tam Coc, it often rains heavily in the afternoon so check out weather forecast before going there
  • Bring along an umbrella, a hat, sunglasses, some drinks and wear sunscreen if you want.
  • Early morning and late afternoon on weekdays is a reasonable time to visit this place without disturbance of crowd.

Van Long Natural Reserve:

You are curious about Hollywood blockbuster Kong: Skull Island movie set? If you are in Vietnam right now, why don’t take the time to directly see this gorgeous landscape?

Van Long - a huge mirror reflecting the sky

Van Long – a huge mirror reflecting the sky

Stretching out 3500 ha, Van Long is the largest drowning natural reserve on land in Northern Vietnam plain. This place is famous for pristine landscape, wonderful and romantic views, and importantly high biodiversity.

That’s why Van Long Natural Reserve got the attention of the well-established director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, to record monumental scenes in the blockbuster Kong.

Considered as non-wave bay, the water is crystal-clear as a big mirror reflecting the sky. This is where many species of birds nestle, including rare species such as “vooc quan dui trang”.

The best time to contemplate scenery here is sunset, when thousands of birds fly back to their nest, making such a wonderful view. So, we can come here in mid-afternoon, and end the trip with one of the best charming beauty ever.

Van Long when bird swarms fly back

Van Long when bird swarms fly back

Hope you have tranquil, peaceful moments floating on poetic, a calming river in Ninh Binh boat ride. Contact to AZ Local Trip to get more tips for having a nice boat trip in Ninh Binh.