Experience a Magical Boat Trip on the Tam Coc River
The journey begins with a traditional bamboo rowboat ride that takes you through the narrow channels of the river. The bamboo boats are operated by local women who have mastered the art of rowing and navigating through the water with ease. The boat trip lasts for approximately two hours and takes you through three gorgeous caves known as Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. These natural caves are formed by the flow of the river and provide spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes.
As you drift along the river, you’ll notice the towering limestone cliffs lining the banks of the river. These iconic “karst” formations have been a hotspot for rock climbers and geologists. They make for stunning views and provide an excellent opportunity to snap some photos. Some of the cliffs have been named after their shapes, such as the “Dragon”, the “Unicorn”, and the “Phoenix.” The limestone cliffs also offer habitats to various species of birds and animals that are native to the region.
The Tam Coc river is surrounded by picturesque rice fields that are planted in a unique way to the region. These rice fields are located in the floodplains of the river, and they offer an important source of food and income for the local farmers. The rice fields provide a stunning view and are a testament to the Vietnamese’s strong connection to their land and their culture. It’s interesting to note that these rice fields have been cultivated for over a thousand years and have been recognised as world heritage sites by UNESCO.
During the boat ride, you’ll also get a chance to see the Tam Coc village, which represents the traditional Vietnamese architecture. Here you can observe the daily lives of local villagers, their unique houses with tile roofs and wooden walls surrounded by gardens and ponds, and even buy some souvenirs from a local market that sells handmade crafts and traditional art, such as calligraphy scrolls, woodblock prints, and even silk clothing.
A boat trip on Tam Coc river is an exciting adventure that offers a glimpse into the Vietnamese countryside life and culture. From limestone cliffs to rice paddies and traditional Vietnamese architecture, the Tam Coc river promises to take your breath away. So, add this picturesque village and its river to your next Vietnam itinerary and get ready for a journey that will be cherished for the rest of your life. Trust me, the experience will be worth it!