Tam Coc, the jewel of Vietnam

Tam Coc, which literally translates to ‘Three Caves’, is referred to by many Vietnamese as Ha Long Bay On Land.

Mua Cave Viewpoint
View from Mua Cave

Ripe with lush green rice paddies and jagged limestone karts, it was by far one of our favorite destinations in Vietnam. Located just a short 2-3 hours south of Hanoi, this breathtaking location is frequently overlooked for the more crowded UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay. Outside of the day-trippers escaping the capital to take rides on boats through limestone caves,  few people really seemed to give themselves sufficient time to explore beyond the river tours. For Devika and I, we had that time and Tam Coc was the true gem of our South East Asia leg.

This area got us outdoors. It enabled us to be surrounded by countless shades of green.  It put us in such a positive positive space. If we had to look back at the few places which really made us feel like we were truly on our honeymoon and not just mere travelers on a well trodden trail, this would be one of them. We spent our days doing the things we loved and in doing so, we felt genuinely alive.

Instead of describing the places that we saw in great detail, we’ll let the pictures tell the story…

There were endless roads for us to explore.
Some took us the long way…
Some were questionable at best...
Some were questionable at best…
Sometimes there weren't even paths...
While others weren’t even paths at all…
And others would not be lived down for a while...
And others… well, not to be forgotten for a while…
But, they provided us with some great views...
But, they provided us with some great views…
Which seemed to only get better as we went...
Which seemed to only get better as we went…
And some of our favorite sunsets...
Along with some of our favorite sunsets on the side of the road.
Renting bicycles proved to be a great way to see the surrounding area…
They enabled us to wander the outskirts of the town…
To find even more side roads...
To find even more side roads…
And to find our own private oases.
And to find our own private oases…
Surrounded by seas of green.
Surrounded by seas of green.
There were so many hidden gems...
There were so many hidden gems…
Through surrounding canals…
To low ceiling caves filled with bats!
To bat filled caves!
It really felt great to know that where ever we went...
It really felt great to know that even through the rain…
More beauty awaited us.
More beauty awaited us around each corner…

Only to be top it all off – riding for an hour with butterflies fluttering by our side through Cuc Phuong National Park.

 

 

 

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  1. Absolutely beautiful photos. I trust food and accommodations were good or were these just day trips from Hanoi. Your entries are both fascinating and very really enjoyable. What’s next for the honeymooners?? Stay well and travel safe

    • Thanks Mr Garcia! Glad you enjoyed this post. We spent a week in Tam Coc and found a great deal on a place looking out over the Karsts – the last sunset image was a view from our balcony :0. We’re a little behind on our blog, but are excited to fill the gaps. Thanks so much for your support!

  2. Another invigorating post! Great pictures guys!

  3. It looks stunninggggggggggggggg…SOOO Stoked for you guys..have a blast. xoxoxo

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