NB02: Tam Coc - Bich Dong - Phat Diem Cathedral
Tam Coc is located in Van Lam hamlet, Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, in the tourist route of Tam Coc-Bich Dong. Tam Coc means “Three caves”. These caves were made due to the transformation of geology, seawater and rainwater that have worn cliffs in a long period of millions of years. Tam Coc is situated on Ngo Dong River and are permeated by the water of this river, so they are also called the “3 water caves”. Known as "Ha Long Bay on the rice paddies", it can only be reached by boats rowed along a meandering river which makes it way through three caves before unveiling a secluded watery valley.
Tam Coc cave Bich Dong pagoda
In 1773, Mr. Nguyen Nghiem (the father of the great writer Nguyen Du) visited this cave. After viewing the whole scenery of the mountains, waterways, fields, and sky covered in green mist, he gave the cave a very beautiful and romantic name, Bich Dong (which literally means “Green Pearl Grotto”). Bich Grotto has been said that the second most beautiful cave in Vietnam. Bich Dong pagoda is on the short drive to the South of Tam Coc, it was built on the Truong Yen limestone mountains range, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province. Bich Dong pagoda includes three palaces on three levels: Lower, Middle and Upper pagoda. The Low pagoda has five compartments built on the ground at the foot of mountain. From the Low pagoda up to 120 steps is the impressive Middle pagoda with a half of it was carved into mountain including three compartments. Up to 40 steps is the High pagoda located on the highest point nearby the top of The Bich Dong mountain. From here you can have the wonderful perspective view of the Bich Dong pagoda.
Phat Diem church
Phat Diem Stone Cathedral is one of the most famous and beautiful churches in Vietnam with special architecture: an elegant combination between Western church architecture style and Vietnamese religious buildings.
It took 24 years to build this church from 1875 to 1898. And as its name suggests, it was completely built of stone and wood that are readily available in the mountain area of Ninh Binh. The preparation phase, mainly extracting materials from limestone mountains, took the local as many as 10 years to finish.
The private car and tour guide pick you up at your Hotel at 8h30 to Tam Coc where you can take a boat trip along Ngo Dong River ,its will take you around 2 hour
Finish the boat trip and then continue tour to Bich Dong Pagoda
Visit Bich Dong pagoda which was considered to be the most second beautiful grotto in Vietnam in the 17th century.
The lunch will be serving In restaurant in Tam Coc
In afternoon Continue trip to Phat Diem church
Visite Phat Diem church after that
Come back Ninh Binh city tour end
What to bring
Included in price
• Entry fee
• Boat ticket
• Lunch (not included drinks)
Tips are welcome.
Not included in price
• Travel insurance
• Other personal expenses.