Tam Coc ScenesMarch 2015
Most visitors come to Tam Coc for a few hours on a bus tour, just long enough to take the famous river ride. Being slow travelers, we stayed in Tam Coc for several days. That gave us time to go out on the river twice and to walk among the beautiful rice fields and limestone hills that surround the little town. We also hired a car to go to another well-known river ride in the area (called Trang An). But not knowing it was a Vietnamese holiday, we were surprised to find the boat landing crowded with hordes of local visitors (and security personnel trying hard to maintain order). Seeking a quieter option, we instead visited the nearby tombs of two emperors who ruled northern Vietnam in the 10th century, when this hilly, defensible region was briefly the capital of Vietnam.