BICH DONG PAGODA IN TAM COC, VIETNAM – COMPLETE GUIDE

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Bich Dong Pagoda (Tam Cốc Bích động) 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 Pagoda.

I have put together this complete guide of Bich Dong Pagoda including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect!

 

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WHERE IS TAM COC BICH DONG

Bich Dong Pagoda is located 2km west of Tam Coc town center 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 center of town.

It is approximately a 5-minute ride on a scooter from the town center to Tam Coc Bich Dong. A scooter costs around 100,000 dong per day and a bicycle will likely cost half the price.

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WHAT TO EXPECT AT BICH DONG PAGODA

There is no entrance fee at tam cốc bích động, however, you may have to pay a small fee for parking at the jump-off point.

The entrance to 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 Bich Dong Pagoda to reach the 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 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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BICH DONG PAGODA – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The best time to visit Bich Dong Pagoda is in the early morning around 6am before the crowds arrive or you can visit in the late afternoon as it’s 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!

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WHERE TO STAY IN TAM COC

Tam Coc has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Tam Coc to suit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

Luxury: Emeralda Resort

Emeralda Ninh Binh Resort is the best luxury accommodation in Ninh Binh. Located on the edge of a beautiful nature reserve featuring 3 swimming pools, 2 restaurants, bar, fitness center, sauna, spa and free wifi. The spaciouse, vill-style rooms are fitted with wooden decor, a large balcony with stunning views, flat-screen tv, minibar and private bathroom. Breakfast is also included for all guests. Recommended for couples, families and friends!

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Mid Range: King Kong Homestay

King King Homestay is the best value-pick accommodation in Tam Coc. Featuring well-kept gardens, shared lounge, terrace, free wifi and 24 hour front desk. Choose from a double room, king room or deluxe family room, each with air conditioning, wardrobe, seating area, pool views and private bathroom. Guests can also enjoy an à la carte breakfast.

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Budget: Zuli Zen Home

I personally stayed at Zuli Zen Home and can’t recommend this place enough! With a great location in Tam Coc just walking distance to shops, cafes, bars and tourist attractions. The property has a shared lounge and kitchen, free wifi and is surrounded by beautiful rice fields and mountains. Choose from either a dorm room or private double room, each of which has air-conditioning. Guests can enjoy continental or Vietnamese breakfast. Perfect place to stay in Tam Coc for solo travelers, couples and friends on a budget.

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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 and the journey takes around 2.5 hours.

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Alternatively, you can pre-book a shared mini-van transfer between Hanoi and Ninh Binh for only $6 USD.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions regarding the Bich Dong Pagoda please drop me a comment below.

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