Tam Coc Bich Dong is a three-tiered ancient pagoda nestled into a mountainside in Tam Coc, northern Vietnam. The cluster of cave temples is surrounded by a bed of water and impressive water lilies that will have you in awe when you arrive at the entrance of Bich Dong.
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HOW TO GET TO TAM COC – NINH BINH
There are buses that operate frequently on a daily basis from Hanoi to Tam Coc in the Ninh Binh region. The bus costs 150,000 dong ($7) and the journey takes around 2.5 hours. To book a bus simply ask your accommodation and they will happily be able to organise transport for you.
WHERE IS TAM COC BICH DONG & GETTING AROUND
The Bich Dong Pagoda is located 2km west of Tam Coc village centre in the Ninh Binh region. Getting around Tam Coc is really simple as it is very easy to rent a bicycle or a scooter from your choice of half a dozen rental shops in the village centre. It is approximately a 5-minute ride on a scooter from the village centre to Tam Coc Bich Dong Pagoda. A scooter costs around 100,000 dong ($3.50) to rent per day and a bicycle will cost you half the price of a scooter.
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Sunset near Tam Coc Bich Dong
The entrance to Tam Coc Bich Dong
WHAT TO EXPECT AT TAM COCH BICH DONG
To enter the Tam Coc Bich Dong Pagoda there is no charge, however, you may have to pay a small fee for parking depending on the mood of the local Vietnamese guy in the carpark.
The entrance to Tam Coc Bich Dong Pagoda is absolutely beautiful and the most photogenic spot at this location. You will see an arched concrete walkway that stretches over the water lilies and makes its way through an impressive temple gateway and into the mountains.
There are some 100 steps from the foot of Tam Coc Bich Dong to the very top. The trail cuts through a large cave in the mountain where looming statues and small bats appear behind the haze of incense.
When you reach the top of the stairs at Tam Coc Bich Dong Pagoda you will be welcomed with a stunning view out of the valley of the distant mountain peaks and vast rice fields.
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Viewpoint at the top of Tam Coc Bich Dong
The stairway at Tam Coc Bich Dong
Water lilies at the entrance to Tam Coc Bich Dong Pagoda
TAM COC BICH DONG – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The best time to visit Tam Coc Bich Dong is in the early morning around 6am before the crowds hit or you can visit in the late afternoon as it is a great location to watch the sunset over the valley.
Tam Coc can be visited year round though between the months November to April it is mostly dry and cool and when most people tend to visit. May to October sees plenty of rainfall and hot humid days. The rainy season, in my opinion, is the best time to visit Tam Coc and the Ninh Binh region as there are fewer tourists and the landscapes are vividly green!
Ninh Binh has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay in Ninh Binh to suit budget backpackers and luxury travellers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh
Mid Range: King Kong Homestay
Budget: Zuli Zen Home
MAP OF TAM COC BICH DONG PAGODA
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