Travel: Boat Ride & Cycling through Tam Cốc, Ninh Binh, Vietnam


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The cities in Vietnam can get a tad overwhelming at times. For a day for fresh air, peace and a taste of village life, I definitely recommend a day trip to Tam Coc in Ninh Binh.

It’s about a 3-4 hour drive from Hanoi, and the starkness is breathtaking.

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We arrived at one of popular villages by the river and hopped on one of these once vibrant coloured wooden boats, now bleached a charming pastel by the scorching sun.

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The villagers rowed us through the long winding river, through their homes, old wooden bridges, all the while singing some old Vietnamese folk songs.

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It felt like we were being transported back in to a simpler time.

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They got everywhere by wooden boat. There were duck farmers, food vendors hawking their wares, and many even tended to water lilies that lined the river.

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After an hour and a half of touring the village by boat, we hopped onto bicycles and explored the area on foot.

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The villagers were friendly, and we rode through schools, farms, we even ran into a herd of goats grazing in the pastures! It was so refreshing to get a taste of rural life after all the comforts and bustle of the city. This slowness, this simplicity.. was quite literally a breath of fresh air.

 

 

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