Tam Coc – Bich Dong in Ninh Binh
Tam Coc – Bich Dong is considered the most appealing tourist attraction in Ninh Binh, known for famous names such as “South second nicest grotto”. Tam Coc (Three Grotto) includes Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba Grottoes. All of 3 caves are formed by Ngo Dong River crashing through mountains…
Far about 100km from Hanoi city center along Highway 1A, tourists will meet Tam Coc – Bich Dong, the most famous landscape of Ninh Binh travel. Tourists to Tam Coc – Bich Dong will actually feel the charming beauty of the waters and mountains. Ninh Binh today retains numerous scenic spots, yet Tam Coc – Bich Dong is the oldest one and the only region where the local people still cultivate the wet rice combining with tourism development.
While Hoa Lu is famous for its temples dedicated to the Dinh and Le Kings which were built in the 10th century.
Tam Coc is known as a place where the Le King lived a secluded life. Tam Coc is located in Van Lam commune, Ninh Hai village, Hoa Lu district, Tam Coc has three caves: Ca, Hai and Ba formed by the Ngo Dong River. Ca Cave (about 127m in length) runs through a big mountain. Its mouth is more than 20m in width. Hai Cave, nearly 1km from Ca Cave, is 60m in length and Ba Cave 50m in length.
From the centre’s pier, visitors can go for a row in the cool and clear weather, and see the breathtaking scenery. On the way, you can stop at Thai Vi and Tam Coc temples along the Ngo Dong River.
Tam Coc is pristine scenic, you will definitely have interesting moments of experiences here. Let’s spend time exploring Ha Long Bay on land by yourself.
Bich Đong Pagoda
From Tam Coc boat pier, drive East nearly 3 km, tourist will reach Bich Dong pagoda – an ever ancient three tiered cave pagoda. It is only accessible by steep stone steps, but it is really worth climbing up for a charming pagoda and stupendous view from the top.
Bich Dong pagoda was built by the colective and missionary work 0f 2 Buddhist monks: Tri Kien and Tri The. All three pagoda of Bich Dong have wooden architecure due to architectural style of the time at the end of Le Dynasty and the beginning of Nguyen Dynasty. They were arranged according to ascending order on the position of Bich Dong mountain like a Chinese letter: ” Tam “. Ha Pagoda ( Lower Pagoda ) is located at the foot of the mountain, Trung Pagoda ( Middle Pagoda) is on the mountainside and Thuong Pagoda ( Upper Pagoda ) is situated on the top of the mountain. All of pagodas’ back lean againts the mountain.
Due to charming landscape and unique value of Buddhism, there are many pilgrisms coming to Bich Dong all year round.
Located in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province, Tam Coc – Bich Dong is a harmonious architectural ensemble, a scenic spot which is considered as “a terrestrial Halong Bay” thanks to endlessly stretching mountain views, stunning caves, and charming waterways. The journey to discover Tam Coc departs from Dinh Cac Wharf along winding Ngo Dong River with the ripe rice field’s surrounding. Tourists comfortably admire the panoramic views of the amazing limestones, carefully observe exotic aquatic species in the waters or contemplate the flocks of white flamingo on the lawns in the lagoon. Along Ngo Dong River, tourists will respectively set foot in 3 caves through the mountains, namely Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba Grottoes. Hang Ca Grotto owns 127m long crashing through a large mountain, with its entrance gate of 20 meters wide. The climate in the grotto is quite fairly cool.
There are numerous alluring stalactites hanging down with their diversified shapes. Continue the journey about 1 km from Hang Ca Grotto, Hang Hai Grotto retains a length of 60 meters with multi-shaped spectacular stalactites… Meanwhile, just nearby, Hang Ba is about 50m long and its ceiling is lower than the above two. It looks like a plutonic cupola. It will take about 2-3 hours for tourists to completely admire all 3 grottoes and take the beautiful photos of Tam Coc. However, it is also the precious moments to relax, comfort, and immerse their minds in nature and poetic scenery. Tam Coc – Bich Dong is an indispensable rendezvous in any Ninh Binh tours.