Tam Coc, which literally translates to ‘Three Caves’, is referred to by many Vietnamese as Ha Long Bay On Land.
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…
Only to be top it all off – riding for an hour with butterflies fluttering by our side through Cuc Phuong National Park.