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Tam Coc

Tam Cốc or 'Three Caves' is the area of Hang Cả, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba caves where spectacular landscapes accompany the landscape of karst high cliffs, green rice fields stretching and the flowing Ngo Dong River which provides a scenic experience located 9 kilometers southwest of Ninh Binh City, Ninh Bình Province, or 90 kilometers from Hanoi in Vietnam.

Boats take travelers to caves and along the Ngo Dong River are often adorned with floating vendors who take advantage of tourist visits on day trips from Hanoi. The area is part of the Tracing Scenic Landscape Complex UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Tam Coc looks like a movie scene about the Vietnam war where rice paddies and karstic rocks are created by erosion and surround the Ngo Dong River. Boating along the river need to bend their heads as they pass a 2 meter (6.5 foot) tunnel to see more natural caves.

Local women and men are rowing wooden boats using their feet as a special technique that has been done throughout their lives. The boating adventure at Tam Coc starts from the Van Lam dock to walk the river about three kilometers and takes up to two hours.

Tràng An is a beautiful area where on June 23, 2014 at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha establishing Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tam Coc has bungalows and hotels in beautiful design near the river.

The complex including Hoa Lu is an ancient site as the capital of Dai Co Viet is a Vietnamese kingdom in the 11th century. The local market in Van Lam is very authentic and the Bich Dong pagoda is a 15th century site near Ngu Nhac Mountain.

Location: Ninh Binh City, Ninh Bình Province, Vietnam..

Routes and public transport: All flights to NoI Bai International Airport in Hanoi. Then from Hanoi take a taxi for a 3 hour trip, use the bus for 3 hours or more. Trains depart at 6:00, 9:00, 13:10, 19:30, 20:10 and 22:10 for a 2.5 to 3 hour trip.

Advice: It is advisable to use tour operators where tour companies are very concerned with the convenience of tourists and will avoid 'souvenir boats' where sellers tend to force tourists to buy things.

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If you are an independent traveler choose a boat ride without a box. This is a place full of souvenirs and once you start sailing, you will be encouraged to buy something, no matter how hard you explain that you do not need.

Some stories of tourists are 'shrunk' by a sailor who stops in the middle of a river and does not want to bring tourists back to the dock until they buy something. Buy some small snacks before boarding. The food vendors on the boat down the river will see you have bought food and they will not force you to buy anything from them.

Do not buy anything for rowers or guides. The hawkers encourage tourists to buy for a rower or guide, but he will sell them back to the seller for half price.

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