The beautiful Tam Coc, a popular destination in the northern province of Ninh Binh, is blooming with ripe yellow rice fields.
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Often dubbed “the inland Ha Long Bay,” Tam Coc is part of the Trang An – Tam Coc complex that was recognized as a national site and has applied for UNESCO recognition as a world heritage site. The site is about eight kilometers from Ninh Binh Town.
The name “Tam Coc” refers to three caves – Ca (first), Hai (second), and Ba (third) that were created by the passage of the Ngo Dong River through limestone mountains. The caves, which are as long as 127 meters and as high as two meters, can be explored through a boat excursion.
Starting at a wharf in Van Lam Village, Ninh Hai Commune, the route takes tourists along the river and through the caves over the course of around two hours.
Boats pass through rice fields that line the river.
Every year, when rice ripens between the end of May and the beginning of June, tourists and photographers rush to Tam Coc to admire the striking yellow fields.
Local farmers do not build dykes around their fields. They harvest rice in the blazing sun when the river is waist high.
A small cape in front of the Ca Cave entrance is a favorite place for many to observe boats full of harvested rice moving slowly along the river.
Thai Vi Temple is dedicated to the worship of the Tran Dynasty (1225-1400) kings buried alongside their wives and famous generals.
For their return trip, tourists can switch to bicycles and take a leisurely ride from the final wharf to Thai Vi Temple on a road lined by rice fields.