The boat tour starts right in the center of Tam Coc village’s pier. Below are some things to keep in mind:
The boat can accommodate a maximum of 2 foreigners. Even though this is written at the ticket office, I have seen boats with more than 2 people (mostly 4 Vietnamese). However, I would strongly recommend following this rule. The more people in the boat, the harder it will be for your rower to row. If you are planning a boat tour in the middle of the day, don’t forget yours at home! Also, bring some water with you.
Important! Tipping for rower:
You will see that at the end of the tour after you will exit the cave, there will be some boats which sell with fruits, food, and drinks. They will go a long way to make you feel bad if you don’t buy anything. My advice to you would be to not give in. Giving your rower money as a tip will definitely help him more than buying him a soda. If you are wondering how much you should tip him, I would say that anything between 20,000 VND and 40,000 VND would be great. However, you can tip any sum of money you want.
Boat tour price:
You will have to pay separately for the boat and for the actual entry. More details
Boat ticket: 150,000 VND per boat (max 2 persons)
Adults: 120,000 VND per person
Children: 60,000 VND per person
For example, if you are 2 adults you will have to pay 150,000 VND for the boat and
120,000 VND x 2 which is a total of 390,000 VND.
Tam Coc boat tour duration: 2 hours
Opening hours: 8 am – 6 pm
How to get to Tam Coc boat tour
If you are staying in Tam Coc, then getting to the lake should only take you a few
minutes. However, if you are based in any other city in Vietnam, I recommend one of the following alternatives:
1. Taxi or motorbike
These are the best choices if you are visiting Tam Coc from Ninh Binh city. You can rent a motorbike for a full day or take a taxi (around 15,000 VND per
There are daily public buses from Hanoi to Tam Coc and they cost around $7 or 154,000 VND. For more details, If you are planning to visit it from the Southern part of Vietnam (Dong Hoi, Hoi An) there are also plenty of buses to choose from. However, keep in mind that these buses will leave you in Ninh Binh city. You will have to take a taxi from there to Tam Coc.
3. Guided tour
There are plenty of guided tours from Hanoi. As always, these are more expensive but hustle free and safe. Usually, these tours also include other attractions in the area such as Hang Mua Peak or Thai Vi Temple.
Where to stay in Tam Coc
I definitely recommend staying in Tam Coc over Ninh Binh city because it is close to all major attractions. You can bike to most of them or explore by motorbike. There are a lot of homestays around to choose from.
I am sure you will have an amazing time and you will love the Tam Coc boat tour of Ninh Binh Tours.
Those views are incredible and the Vietnamese people rowing with their feet will make the experience even more authentic. It is definitely a must visit in Ninh Binh.
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