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Grottos of Tam Coc on the Rice Paddies of Vietnam
Vietnam's Rural & Natural Environment Around Tam Coc
Highlights of Hanoi
Hanoi is a city located on the north east of Vietnam and it is not only Vietnam’s capital, but also one of the most important cities of South Eastern Asia. Hanoi is a very interesting metropolis, full of contrast between ancient traditions and modern times, where east meets west, and mingles in a uniquely Vietnamese style.
Besides being one of the highlights of Vietnam, Hanoi is a very good base from which to visit other beautiful and unusual places around the northern area of the country; Hanoi offers good connection and the entire infrastructure to get into the rural areas of Vietnam. From Hanoi, one can easily arrive to phenomenal natural jewels, like the famous and extremely beautiful Halong Bay -definitely one of Vietnam’s gifts from nature-, and the not so mentioned but equally gorgeous Tam Coc.
Tam Coc: Steep Rock Formations
Grottos of Tam Coc VietnamClick thumbnail to view full-size
So Where to Go in Vietnam?
If you are visiting or planning a trip to Vietnam, you should definitely write Hanoi, Halong Bay (Ha Long Bay) and Tam Coc on your list.
Tam Coc is the name given to a series of low grottos through which the Ngo Dong River flows. The grottos are wide and long caves built into huge rock formations that jut out vertically from the green rice paddies which are cultivated along the river. These rock formations are similar to the ones in Halong Bay, but instead of protruding from the ocean, they protrude from the rice fields worked by Vietnamese peasants, as well as from the Ngo Dong River, which is why Tam Coc is also known as “Halnog Bay on the Rice Paddies”.
To Read More About Hanoi go to
- Visiting Hanoi Vietnam: A Visual Tour through the City
A visual tour through the culturally, gastronomically and artistically interesting city of Hanoi in Vietnam, its unique water puppetry performances and other alluring highlights. Article with plenty of photographs which illustrate the city's particul
- First Grotto: “Hang Ca”, length 127m (417ft), width 20m (66ft)
- Second Grotto: “Hang Hai”, length 60m (197ft), width 18m (59ft)
- Third Grotto: “Hang Ba”, length 45m (148ft), width 18m (59ft)
A powerful and inventive, very well written novel of the Vietnam War, full of jungle adventures, camaraderie, politics, hatred and love. Highly rated by 567 readers including me.
Images of VietnamClick thumbnail to view full-size
Tam Coc, a Surreal Boat Trip
The way to visit Tam Coc’s grottos is to be rowed through the river, which goes under the three “Hangs” or grottos. The boat trip takes about two hours and it is quite an unusual experience.
In addition to the natural beauty of nature, expressed in the colors and in the beautiful sculptures that wind erosion has created, Tam Coc is filled with curious and atypical characters that go along the river: old men with long white bears, women rowing with their feet, peasants working the rice fields, and guys dressed in military attire. Get your camera ready and set it in stop motion! (Although the wooden rafts don’t move very fast, some of my photos turned out a little blurry).
Try to arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowds that come with the day trips from Hanoi and be prepared for a couple of hours in the sun, there is no shade in the boats.
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