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Tourism Experience Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (Ninh Binh) 2024 (Part 1)

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Hoa Lu Tam Coc tourism is available all year, but the busiest season is during the spring festival season. For spring travel, many people choose the Hoa Lu – Tam Coc tour to be transferred to Ninh Binh. In Ninh Binh, many new pagodas are built based on the ancient pagoda – both unique and accommodating for many tourists- while retaining the traditional and sacred features from the past. Hoa Lu-Tam Coc can be mentioned among the scenic areas in Ninh Binh.

How do you get to Hoa Lu-Tam Coc, the ancient capital?

Hoa Lu-Tam Coc
Hoa Lu-Tam Coc – Source: Internet

If you are coming from Hanoi, you can take one of the three quickest routes:

Option 1: From My Dinh bus station (or Giap Bat bus station), you can catch a bus to Ninh Binh at a general price ranging from 50 thousand to 60 thousand VND/ person.

Option 2: Choose to travel by train from Hanoi to Ninh Binh at prices between 90,000 and 120,000 (depending on whether it is a bed, soft seat, or hard seat).

Option 3: If you want to go backpacking, move by motorbike from Hanoi along the Phap Van – Cau Gie highway, then turn to Phu Ly – Ninh Binh. From the center of Ninh Binh, you continue to move about 7 km more to arrive.

Option 4: If you are afraid to make your schedule, rent a car, or find your way, you can choose Hoa Lu Tam Coc tour. You sit in the car and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Read more: Tourism Experience Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (Ninh Binh) 2024 (Part 2)

When is the best time to go to Hoa Lu-Tam Coc?

Hoa Lu-Tam Coc Ninh Binh
Hoa Lu-Tam Coc Ninh Binh – Source: Internet

Visitors can come to this tourist destination at any time of the year. However, the festive season at the beginning of the year, the Tet holiday, and the golden ripe rice season along the two banks of the river in Tam Coc are the times when this place welcomes the most tourists. 

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Things you should bring

Preparing your luggage before a journey of discovery is essential for a complete trip. There are not too many vital notes for Hoa Lu Tam Coc tourists because the itinerary is only for the day, but you should note the following:

  • To avoid tanning, wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen when traveling in the summer. If you go in the winter or spring, bring warm clothes, scarves, or hats to avoid getting a cold because sailing in Tam Coc is quite windy.
  • Prepare yourself with “splendid” costumes to live virtually right in Tam Coc and spacious and comfortable costumes to conveniently explore the ancient Hoa Lu capital. Besides, sneakers are a great choice because they are dynamic and help you move more quickly.

Hoa Lu, the ancient capital, general information

Hoa Lu Ninh Binh
Hoa Lu Ninh Binh – Source: Internet

Before King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long (Hanoi), the ancient capital of Hoa Lu was the former capital of Vietnam. Trang An World Heritage Complex now includes Hoa Lu. However, you will see people traveling to Trang An – Bai Dinh on the same day because these two areas are close, and Hoa Lu is often chosen to travel with Tam Coc. The ancient capital of Hoa Lu has an area of about 13.87 km2 and is located close to Tam Coc-Bich Dong.

Visitors coming to Hoa Lu can sit on a boat to enjoy the green scenery and see the beautiful scenery on both sides of the romantic river. The Hoang Long River flows in the vicinity of Ma Yen Mountain and Pillar Flag Mountain. The Hoang Long River is associated with the legend of the dragon carrying the small day Dinh Bo Linh across the river to avoid the pursuing uncle. Later, a small tributary of the Hoang Long River, the Sao Khe River, was where Ly Cong Uan moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long.

The ancient capital of Hoa Lu has 2 old citadel rings to protect it along with the mountains behind, forming Hoa Lu’s protective armor – including Thanh Dong, Thanh Tay, and Thanh Nam. Thanh Dong has 5 sections of walls connecting mountain ranges to form a closed loop. This East Citadel, also known as the outer city, was the daily workplace of the Hoa Lu court. The West Citadel also has an area equivalent to 5 sections of wall connecting the mountain range, where this West Citadel is the residence of the emperor and the court. Finally, the southern citadel – Trang- was A citadel with a large area, and the court used it to mobilize the army to protect the citadel.

Visitors on the Hoa Lu Tam Coc tour will be able to see both the King Dinh Temple and the King Le Temple while in the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. There are Princess Phat Kim temples, Nhat Tru Pagoda, Truong Yen ancient villages such as Yen Thanh and Yen Thuong… If you visit during the third lunar month, you can attend the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital Festival, which includes musical and opera performances honoring King Dinh Tien Hoang and King Le Dai Hanh. In addition, the Thai Vi temple festival in the middle of March of the lunar calendar will be a festival to remember the Tran kings. Come here during the festival season. Let’s explore the dance and music programs in March only.

General information about Tam Coc-Bich Dong

This is one of the tourist areas that built infrastructure quite early to welcome tourists. From Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, visitors will go to lunch, rest, and then go to Tam Coc-Bich Dong to take a boat to admire the scenery. The main tourist routes in Tam Coc can be mentioned: Tam Coc – Thai Vi temple – Thien Huong cave. It is called Tam Coc because there are 3 caves linked together by the Ngo Dong river: Ca Cave, Hai Cave, and Ba Cave. In these caves, stalactites are drooping with an exceptional shape, along with the scenery on the river that seems to open up new horizons after coming out of the cave – exciting visitors from all over the world.

Thai Vi Temple

Thai Vi Temple
Thai Vi Temple – Source: Internet

As mentioned above – is a temple of Tran kings, usually held in the middle of March of the lunar calendar. It is often said that it takes until the end of the third lunar month to finish Tet because many major festivals occur during the first 3 months of the year. After 3 lunar months, tourists visiting temples and spring travel decreases. As a result, people frequently visit in the summer to avoid traveling in congested areas.. It would help if you traveled by tour to arrange a shuttle bus, lunch place, and guide to buy train and entrance tickets and introduce the cultural history here. Worship kings Tran Thai Tong, Tran Thanh Tong, General Tran Hung Dao, and Tran Quang Khai at the Thai Vi temple. This place also worships Linh Tu, the mother of Tran Thi Dung – who brought the throne from the Ly house to the Tran house.

To be continued

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