Tam Coc Caves - Bich Dong Cave - Fairy Cave (Dong Tien)

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Tam Coc has been called "inland Ha Long Bay”. Tam Coc means three tunnel caves, entailing Ca Cave, Hai Cave and Ba Cave. Tam Coc can also be called Tam Thuy Dong as the Ngo Dong River wends through all three tunnel caves that have bored through the limestone hills.

1: Tam Coc Caves

Tam Coc has been called "inland Ha Long Bay”. Tam Coc means three tunnel caves, entailing Ca Cave, Hai Cave and Ba Cave. Tam Coc can also be called Tam Thuy Dong as the Ngo Dong River wends through all three tunnel caves that have bored through the limestone hills.

The enchanting world of Tam Coc can only be entered from the Van Lam Wharf. Here, visi¬tors travelie by rowboat on the Ngo Dong River about 3km to visit all three caves. The first is Ca Cave which is 127m long and 20m wide. The next is Hai Cave of 60m long and 18m wide which is reached by travelling about 1 km from Ca Cave. And the last is Ba Cave with 50m long and 18m wide located near Hai Cave These caves are adorned with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites of differ-ent shapes and colours that sparkle like gem- stones.

This is very peaceful and scenic trip while admiring a magnificent view of the river, mountain, and caves. Worth visiting Tam Coc takes place in March, or the end of May and early June. In March, the Ngo Dong River peacefully blends with green rice fields and cotton trees having red flowers in the spring. At the end of May and early June, the Ngo Dong River goes together with fields of ripe rice covered the yellow colour. During the time, boats carrying tourists in and out of Tam Coc are mingled with the locals transporting harvested rice.

2: Bich Dong Cave

Bich Dong Cave is in the Ngu Nhac Son Mountains, in Dam Khe Village, Ninh Hai Quarter, Hoa Lu District.
In 1773, Mr. Nguyen Nghiem (the father of the great writer Nguyen Du) visited this cave.
After viewing the whole scenery of the moun-tains, waterways, fields, and sky covered in green mist, he gave the cave a very beautiful and romantic name, Bich Dong (which literally means "Green Pearl Cave"). Bich Dong Cave is said to be the second most beautiful cave in Viet Nam.

3: Fairy Cave (Dong Tien)

Fairy Cave, also known as Moc Cave (Dong Moc), is located in Dam Khe Village, Ninh Hai Commune. The cave is about 1km from Bich Dong and can be reached by boat or by foot.

The grotto is divided into three big and deep caves that are reached via an uneven narrow path. The cave ceiling is decorated with rain-bow coloured stalactites, some of which reach down from the ceiling to the floor, simi- lar to the roots of an old Banyan-tree. Some H stalactites bear names related to their £ appearance, such as Silver Tree, Bouddha. Fairy, Elephant, Tiger, etc. Bathed with supernatural light, the cave looks like a splendid palace from a fairy tale.

4: Dich Long Cave

Dich Long Cave was found in 1739 in Gia Thanh Commune, Gia Vien District. It is as large as a ten-room house. Because, there is a stone inside that looks like a Buddha stat¬ue, a Buddhist altar was built and, in 1740, the cave became a Buddhist Pagoda. It shelters statues of Buddha, Arhats and a guard-ing colossus standing on stone pedestals. In particular, there are two beautiful statues carved from one block of blue stone.

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