Located in Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province, about 100 kilometers from Hanoi to the South, Tam Coc- Bich Dong has preserved the primitive beauty that has attracted countless visitors for hundreds of years.
Tam Coc means three grottoes: Ca grotto, Hai grotto and Ba grotto. These caves are formed by the Ngo Dong River piercing through the mountain. Tam Coc is a perfectly natural tourist destination. Except for the marina, it has no places which humans construct. Tam Coc is known as "Ha Long Bay on land".
Tam Coc is charmingly beautiful in any season. In spring, bright green rice fields spread along the river banks, turning into silky yellow beds in the fourth lunar month. In the summer while traveling on the Ngo Dong River, visitors will enjoy an enticing lotus fragrance while listening to the locals recounting legends about each cliff or mountain in the shape of a tortoise or dragon head.
Among the three caves, Hang Ca is considered the most picturesque one since it is the longest and contains most fascinating natural arts deep inside. It is around 127m long, with a cave mouth of 20m wide.
Bich Dong is 2 kilometers from Tam Coc, consists of a series of pagodas and caves. . Landscape of Bich Dong was dubbed “The Nam Thien De Nhi Dong” (the second beautiful cave in Vietnam). In 1773, Mr. Nguyen Nghiem (the father of a celebrated Vietnamese poet-Nguyen Du) visited the cave and named the cave with a beautiful and poetic name “Bich Dong”.
The name Bich Dong means the “Green Pearl Grotto” which reveals its magnificient natural beauty. Colors, shapes, and sounds of the shining stalactites converges in such a captivating miracle that no one could refuse to touch, knock and contemplate them in deed.
Tam Coc- Bich Dong with its splendid natural scenery is an ideal destination for lovers of nature.