Tam Coc boat ride with boat man

Tam Coc Boat Tour / Ride – Price, Time, Opening Hours, Route and Tip

Tam Coc Boat tour won’t definitely disappoint anyone who loves Vietnamese natural beauty. Unlike Halong Bay with luxury cruise trips, Tam Coc boat ride is famous for its genuine experience of the countryside in the North of Vietnam.

You will board on a small wooden trip and go into the wild with friendly boatmen. Tam Coc boat trip is suitable to most of the travelers, even if you go with a large group or solo travel. It’s short but enjoyable and will leave impressive memories with you.

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Tam Coc boat ride with boat man

Tam Coc boat tour – A row to the hidden fairyland!

Tam Coc Boat Ride Ninh Binh at first glance!

Located somewhat 100 kilometers from Hanoi, Tam Coc is a part of Ninh Binh. Alongside Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and Trang An Complex, Tam Coc is also a familiar name to all tourists and always a must in Tam Coc tour and Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi.

With limestone mountains, serene rice paddies and crystal-clear river, Tam Coc boat tour are best appreciated on a small wooden rowing-boat ride, with the sound of the water lapping against the oars.

The Tam Coc boat tour will be an adventure to all the travelers: you will float down a small stream on a wooden boat, and your boatmen will sail with their feet. Yes, they sail the boat with feet, not their hand! But don’t worry, it will be interesting and safe, and you can also take part in sailing, too!

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tam coc boat

“The unique boat-riding technique”

See Tam Coc river tour review

“Beautiful landscape

I have been to this place some times, yet still love to come again. The best time to come is early to mid-May when the rice is about to be harvested. The yellow of the rice field, the green of the trees and plants, the blue of the sky, and the magnificent landscape – all of these draw up a beautiful landscape of this place”

– RaymondTran68 –

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Time to plan a Tam Coc Boat Trip

When is the best time for Tam Coc boat tour Ninh Binh?

Tam Coc is located in Northern Vietnam, so the weather is quite suitable for boat trip all year round, however, to get the best experience, you should choose the time when Tam Coc is at its peak.

Tam Coc boat tour in ripen rice season

Rowing in Ngo Dong river in its best season to witness the yellow rice fields

The best time to do a boat tour in Tam Coc is from the end of May to the end of June. It is also known as harvest season when the rice paddy fields turn golden, the water is clear and fresh. Also, the weather will be excellent for outdoor activities.

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How to get to Tam Coc boat station?

There is a lot of ways to get on a Tam Coc boat tour station. Basically, you will need to go to Ninh Binh city center, then move on to Tam Coc.

To get to Ninh Binh, you can choose to buy a train ticket for an around 2,5 hours journey. Or you can choose a bus: public bus, shuttle bus or limousine would be great for backpackers. If you go in a large group, renting a private car or booking tours can be economical and enjoyable.

From Ninh Ninh city center, you can travel to Tam Coc by taxi or renting a car. The distance is about 7 kilometers, so the fee for both ways would be quite cheap, but the taxi is the recommendation. Taking a motorbike can be risky and not safe in some situations.

Tam Coc boat station

If you are already in Ninh Binh, take a bike around the wharf then go to the boat station is also nice!

Tam Coc boat ride price

Tam Coc boat tour price

But first, let’s go through a bit of what you should know. To secure a slot on the boat, you will have to pay the fee, of course. The ticket can be easily purchased from Van Lam Port, where the trip should start. You can find the ticket office at the main gate of the port.

The maximum capacity of a boat is 2 to 4 visitors, and the Tam Coc boat tour fee includes both the visiting ticket and the boat ride ticket. The Tam Coc boat ride cost 120.000 VND for visiting ticket, while the boat ticket is 150.000 VND/boat.

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Tam Coc boat ride time

The Tam Coc boat trip is neither too short or too long, it is just right for you to enjoy the landscape without getting tired of exercising too much. It will take approximately 1.5 hours to 2 hours on the water surface for a full tour.

A full Tam Coc boat tour will get you through all three mysterious caves: Ca Cave, Hai Cave and Ba Cave. Don’t forget to bring on your camera to get the best pictures of these beautiful wonders!

Tam Coc boat ride with travelers

2-hour full of joys with Tam Coc boat tour!

Tam Coc boat tour opening hours

Now, you should note down the opening hours for the Tam Coc boat ride. The boat trip operates on a daily basis, from 8:00 to 18:00, so you will have a lot of time to arrange your schedule.

However,  you’d better take the boat tour in the morning or in the afternoon. It is best for you to avoid the strong sunlight at noon due to strong heat and risk of getting a sunburn.

Tam Coc boat route

You should not expect a luxury cruise trip in Tam Coc – it’s not what a boat ride in Tam Coc looks like. The Tam Coc boat tour is for the appreciation of the natural beauty of the landscape and the three caves.

Tam Coc boat tour surrounding scenery

Tam Coc boat tour makes you appreciate the natural beauty of Mother Nature

The Ca Cave (The First Cave) is the biggest with the length of 127 meters, while the second one is a bit smaller, so-called Hai Cave (The Second Cave). The last Ba Cave (The Third Cave) is the end of the journey (before you get back to the harbor).

All three caves are located near each other, so it will be a 1,5 to 2 hours boat ride for you to explore all of them. Inside the caves, there will be a mysterious world waiting for you. The interesting thing is the atmosphere of the caves are chilly all the time. You will have a lot of time to explore them, so make sure to take a lot of photos!

Tam Coc Boat Tour green scenery

Limestone mountains and lush green rice paddy field make up a beautiful scenery

Apart from the caves, you will get a glimpse of the amazing landscape alongside the river’s banks. Ngo Dong River is famous for its surrounding of limestone mountains and golden or lush green rice paddy field – it’s up to your timing.

And on the way of Tam Coc boat ride, you can see the marvelous Mua Cave. If you want to explore Mua Cave, take a Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Mua Cave tour with us. Tam Coc view from the top of Mua Cave is magnificent!

Besides, don’t forget to get a tour through the floating market to see the lively and upbeat life on the water surface of local people.

Floating market at Tam Coc

At the end of Tam Coc trip, you can see some boat like this. And for sure, you will be amazed by their skillfulness!

Tam Coc boat ride tip

  • Smaller notes of Vietnam Dong is more appreciated than a larger one.  Because many local people run a small business, a large bill can take all of their change for the rest of the day, so it is troublesome for them. And, a credit card can’t be used much in Tam Coc boat tour, so cash is the best choice.
  • For private trip and unique experiences, consider Ninh Binh private tour.
  • Please check and wear life jackets when on board. Safety first, right? And keep your camera away from the water or use the water-resistant coat for your camera. Dropping the camera into the water is not something unusual for tourists.
  • Don’t underestimate the sunlight in Tam Coc, you may get sunburn or get sick and tired from hours of exposing. It is recommended that you bring sun-protecting things: a hat, sunglass, suncream, a bottle of water and some light snack.
  • Tips are not required, but the boatmen will be grateful if you give them a small tip for great service. Also, you don’t need to buy everything from the local people at the first price – try to bargain a bit.

Hope that this guide can encourage you visit Tam Coc some day. If you are plaaning a trip here but still unsure how to plan a perfect trip, please contact Original Ninh Binh Tours’ local experts. We’d love to help you out!

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