Tam Cốc – Bích Động

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Tam Cốc-Bích Động
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View of the caves.
LocationNinh Binh, Vietnam

Tam Cốc-Bích Động is a popular tourist destination in north Vietnam and part of the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex UNESCO World Heritage site.[1] It is located in Ninh Binh province, near the village of Tam Cốc. The closest city is Ninh Binh. It consists of two distinct attractions: Tam Cốc, a flooded cave karst system; and Bích Động, a series of mountain pagodas.

Tam Cốc[edit]

First cave

Tam Cốc, literally "three caves", consists of three natural caves — Hang Cả, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba — on the Ngô Đồng River.[2] Tourists are taken in small boats along the river from the village of Ván Lám, through rice fields and limestone karsts, through the caves, and back. Local women serve as guides and attempt to sell embroidered goods to their passengers. The guides are well known for rowing their boats using their feet.[3]

The area is nicknamed "the inland Ha Long Bay".[4]

View of the Tam Cốc river and cave.

Bích Động[edit]

Bích Động is a pagoda complex, built in 1428.[5] It is situated on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain, and consists of three separate pagodas: Hạ, Trung, and Thượng Pagodas, in ascending order. Guided tours generally cover historical points and end with a view from the top.


  1. ^ "Decision : 38 COM 8B.14 - Trang An Landscape Complex (Viet Nam)". UNESCO. 2014. Retrieved 2016-12-26.
  2. ^ Boobbyer, Claire; Spooner, Andrew (2013-02-22). Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos Footprint Handbook. Footprint Travel Guides. ISBN 978-1-907263-64-4.
  3. ^ Pike, Matthew. "How Vietnamese Guides Row With Their Feet". Culture Trip. Retrieved 2020-07-09.
  4. ^ "The uncrowded alternative to Halong Bay that you probably haven't heard of". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
  5. ^ Vietnam, Northern (2020-06-29). "Tam Coc in Vietnam — Things To Do". Medium. Retrieved 2020-07-09.