Tam Coc Bich Dong tourist site has a natural area of 350.3 ha, located 2 km from national highway 1A, 7 km from Ninh Binh city, 9 km from Tam Diep city. Tam Coc Bich Dong Tourist Complex includes many boat lines, bicycling and walking trails connecting nearly 20 tourist destinations.
Tam Coc means Three Caves, also called Xuyen Thuy Cave, located in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh Vietnam. In the past, this area was the sea whose waves flapping all year round, and over the centuries it eroded into the cliffs, creating strange shapes.
In 1773, Nguyen Nghiem (the father of the great poet Nguyen Du) visited the cave. Panoramic view of mountains, caves, rivers, fields, the sky here is covered with a blue colour, so he put a name which is very beautiful and dreaming “Bich Dong” (meaning Green Cave). Arriving here, after visiting the pagoda, the small boat will take visitors around the cave in the fanciful mountain. Bich Dong is regarded as the “Nam Thien De Nhi Dong” (the second beautiful cave in Vietnam).
Best time to visit Tam Coc Bich Dong
Depending on the individual plan you can choose the time to travel Tam Coc Bich Dong, but there are some timelines as follows you can refer:
April: In this time, the weather is quiet dry, there is no longer the hot and humid annoyance of the north but the sunshine is not also too harsh, so sitting on boat will not anoying.
From the first to the third lunar month: is the time when the festival of Bai Dinh Pagoda is organised, visitors on Ninh Binh amazing tour can combine the pilgrimage and discovering Tam Coc Bich Dong on this occasion. If you want to add Hoa Lu in the trip, remember come in 8th to 10th of the third lunar month yearly, because this is the time of the festival Truong Yen.
In late May and early June: is the season of rice in the field Tam Coc Bich Dong, then the image of rice fields mixed with green rice fields and yellow gold will create a picture with beautiful colours.
Accomodation in Tam Coc Bich Dong
As the distance between Hanoi and Ninh Binh is quite close, visitors on Ninh Binh small group tour can visit Tam Coc Bich Dong during a day. However, if you want to stay overnight to visit other places other than Tam Coc, Ninh Binh also has many hotels and homestays for you to choose.
Tam Coc – Bich Dong has a good system of hotels and homestays. The hotel is centred on Tam Coc wharf, Ninh Binh tourist village and on the route from Tam Coc to Bich Dong.
Speciatlties in Tam Coc Bich Dong
The scorched rice dish is not traditional food of the Ninh Binh people, but was created by people of ancient capital and kept, developed up to now. A rustic dish, showing the ingenuity of the human hand, has been handed down for hundreds of years, becoming the specialty of the ancient capital, one of the most famous delicacies of Ninh Binh.
Ninh Binh goat meat is characterized by low fat and aromatic fragrance. It is said that because in Ninh Binh, there are many rock mountains, goats running more and more so muscles are firmer, less fat than goats grazing on the hill. On the other hand, with the characteristic terrain of limestone karst, there are many kinds of vegetables, herbs suitable for goat, creating the quality and taste of goat meat. Some other raw materials and local specialties also contribute to the highlight of the goat meat Ninh Binh, including vegetables on rock mountain, Kim Son liquor, Nho Quan liquor and Ninh Binh scorched rice.