Tam Coc – Bich Dong is a famous destination, located in the Ngu Nhac Son mountain, belonging to Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh Province. It is a magnificent complex of Bich Dong Pagoda and Tam Coc Grotto which is also called “A terrestrial Ha Long Bay”, or “Vietnam’s second nicest grotto” (the first one is Huong Tich Grotto). Its poetic and inspirational natural scenery together with a sacred spiritual life have converged into a fascinating and attractive point of Tam Coc – Bich Dong to numerous tourists.
Visiting Tam Coc (Three Caves), a mysterious place, tourists may feel like they had just disappeared from the real world to get lost in such a hidden fairy site. Tam Coc is 3 kilometers from Van Lam Wharf. Taking you three hours on a boat from Van Lam Wharf along Ngo Dong River to reach and visit the Tam Coc Grotto, which consists of the Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba caves. The Tam Coc – Bich Dong trip will proceed you through a scenic landscape dominated by rice fields and karst towers.
Tam Coc Grotto is adorned with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites of different shapes and colors that sparkle like gemstones that will make you impressive. When drifting under the Grotto, you can feel the deeply pure atmosphere with the special smell of fresh river water and cool air from karst mountains when reaching each of the 3 caves in turns.
The beauty of Tam Coc – Bich Dong
We can take a boat ride along the river to enjoy the majestic scenery, with the famous limestone rocks emerging from the riverbed. A special feature is that each rock is named after its own meaning, such as Lower, Middle, and Upper.
Among the three caves, Hang Ca is considered the most picturesque one since it is the longest and contains the most fascinating natural art deep inside. It is around 127m long, with a cave mouth of 20m wide. When visiting Hang Ca, you will feel that it was like a very old white-haired man sitting down for fishing.
Hang Hai is nearly 1 kilometer far from Hang Ca. This is the second stop-over on your waterway journey, where can be found a series of colorful sparkling stalactites falling from the cave ceiling. Last but not least cave is Hang Ba, just nearby, which is about 50m long, with a lower ceiling than the above two, but very splendid.
Hang Ca – Tam Coc
We can also visit Bich Dong – an ancient temple located in Bich Cave. To reach Bich Dong, we have to climb a steep ladder, then go through a tunnel and cross a stream. Bich Dong is decorated with many Buddha statues and unique architecture, creating a sacred and mysterious space.
Bich Dong Pagoda
Bich Dong is a beautiful pagoda on the nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain dated to 1428 under the Le Dynasty, comprising three structures: Ha (lower), Trung (middle), and Thuong (upper) Pagodas, in ascending order. In 1773, Mr. Nguyen Nghiem (the father of the great writer Nguyen Du) visited this cave and was much impressed by the whole magnificent scenery of mountains, waterways, and fields. Thus he gave it a very beautiful and romantic name, Bich Dong, which literally means “Green Pearl Grotto”.
From the upper pagoda, you will have the most magnificent view of Bich Dong, which is romantically charming in terms of architecture and history. Bich Dong Grotto reveals its natural beauty with colors, shapes, and sounds of stalactites that no one could refuse to touch and feel in deed this beauty.
Visiting Tam Coc – Bich Dong not only allows visitors to enjoy the magnificent natural scenery but also offers the opportunity to have a deeper insight into the local culture and history. In addition, the area also has many restaurants, cafes, and shops selling local specialties, allowing visitors to enjoy specialty cuisine and shop for unique souvenirs. Thus, Tam Dong – Bich Dong will be the best choice for you to immerse in this world heritage. Let’s have a trip with the Deluxe Group Tour now.