Monday, March 30, 2009

Tam Coc

(PICTURE: Sebastian with our rower as we left the dock.)

Last weekend, before Huyen's cousins wedding, we crammed in a quick trip to Tam Coc. Tam Coc is often referred to as the "inland Halong Bay." My cousin Justin and I went there six months ago and I thought it was decent enough for a return trip. It's quite a beatiful place, but like Halong Bay it is over run with tourists.
(PICTURE: Huyen and I on our way to the limestone formations.)

Basically when you go to Tam Coc you hire a small boat and go for an hour and a half cruise along flooded rice paddies. The rowers sometimes paddle with their feet:

The trip takes you underneath three caves and to an eventual dead end. At the dead end are a bunch of vendors on boats trying to sell you food and souveniers. If you have the time, and its on your way, I would suggest Tam Coc.

Unfortunately we were pressed for time and didn't get a chance to go to a couple really cool pagodas near Tam Coc (I had gone to some with Justin).