Tam Coc and its unique floating market

By OneTrip | Ninh Binh

Dec 19

If you have already been impressed by the iconic water markets on the arms of the Mekong Delta, immerse yourself this time in the warm atmosphere that offers a unique floating market in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. The atmosphere that dominates the river trip to Tam Coc is not, certainly, the same as in the southern delta, but the travelers feel the really pleasant moments in front of the waterfront scenes.

Tam Coc and its unique floating market
Tam Coc and its unique floating market

Appreciated by the beauty of postcards, Tam Coc – Bich Dong offers a relaxing trip across the Ngo Dong River, between sugar loaves, rice paddies, caves, fauna and wild flora in the shores. The atmosphere is so picturesque that pedestrians seek full integration into nature.

Tam Coc and its unique floating market

From the pier, you will meet here and there, a sampan filled with fruit, sweets, bottles of water … handled quietly by a local. Smiling, some rowers approach to offer you, without insisting, a few things to eat.  

After a three-kilometer journey, these boats are found at the landing of the third cave where there is a full “floating market” of the Halong Bay land. The animation created by a dozen small outlets on the water allows visitors to go closer to local life. 

Tam Coc and its unique floating market.The opportunity for visitors to enjoy a pleasant moment by providing a few things for a little hunger, or simply to get to know the rowers.
The opportunity for visitors to enjoy a pleasant moment by providing a few things for a little hunger, or simply to get to know the rowers.
After more than an hour of sailing at Tam Coc, walkers almost seek local fruits or water which is the most selected item
After more than an hour of sailing at Tam Coc, walkers almost seek local fruits or water which is the most selected item
The stopover of note-taking
The stopover of note-taking
Not hard enough, the employment of these merchants in Tam Coc really requires time and patience. You buy or not, they always give you a friendly smile.
Not hard enough, the employment of these merchants in Tam Coc really requires time and patience. You buy or not, they always give you a friendly smile.
The rest is worth after the long hours of sailing and doing business on the water to end the month.
The rest is worth after the long hours of sailing and doing business on the water to end the month.

Like authentic guides, these rowers are also sympathetic in explaining to you better the landscapes and the surrounding historical sites. The hospitality of the people in Tam Coc,  Ninh Binh is reminiscent of Hoa Lu ancient culture and history, the land home to the first capital of Vietnam.

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