Exploring Tam Coc – Bich Dong in harvest time
Posted On Thu, May 26, 2016 by Nhu Ha
I spent my exciting summer in the beautiful land of Ninh Binh. In the province exists Tam Coc, which resembles a colorful collage during summer time. It can be the yellow color of a smooth carpet of ripe rice undulating in the breeze, the color of turquoise water of the winding river, or the pleasant blue of the open sky … All create a delightful landscape painting.

As charming as a muse

We left Hanoi at the first gleam of day light, and a course of more than 110 kilometers long along National Highway 1A brings us to Tam Coc – Bich Dong as the sun rises. Soon after buying ticket, we rented a basket boat for four people with VND120,000 (approx. US$5.4). Ours is the fourth among more than ten to set off that day. Two young women on the boat in front of us held their cellphones, then clicked, clicked and clicked, when the man accompanying them repeatedly paid lavish praise to the picturesque scenery. 

On the way, our friendly guide told us about the land, with his voice of full of  
Beautiful harvest time in Tam Coc Bich Dong - short trip from Hanoi
Beautiful Tam Coc in harvest time
enthusiasm. From Dinh Cac boat station, it takes nearly three hours of rowing along the Ngo Dong River, through Ca, Hai and Ba grottoes. I found myself enchanted by the beauty of Tam Coc – Bich Dong at the very first glance. I was immersed in contemplating the cave ceiling adorned with beautiful, glistening stalactites. Limestone outcrops stood imposingly, stretching above the river flow and forming many caves. I was thrilled with the extremely wonderful coolness on my hands coming from the thousand-year-old wonder. I couldn’t help myself, couldn’t pass up my rare opportunity as the guide offered to take photos of mine  
in the caves. You’re not gonna believe it! Though we were in the caves, I still had good photos, and they were greatly appreciated by others.

The boat floated gently out of the caves, towards the sparkling summer sunshine. It was as if we had gone through a door to heaven. In front of my eyes emerged impressive, towering mountains partitioning the azure blue sky. The meandering river snakes along the banks, leading to the superb scenery along the two banks. The ripe paddy fields dance in the wind, bringing us such a spectacular vista. 
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