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Tuyet Tinh Coc, Ninh Binh: Where the magic of nature awaits

29/02/2024 26 views

With its exquisite blend of serene lakes, majestic mountains, and ancient temples, Tuyet Tinh Coc in Ninh Binh has enchanted numerous local and international visitors, establishing itself as one of the most captivating attractions in Ninh Binh.

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The tranquil atmosphere at Tuyet Tinh Coc Ninh Binh (Source: Collected)

During your journey to Ninh Binh, visiting Tuyet Tinh Coc should be one of the top activities on your bucket list. Known for its serene beauty, this hidden gem is a place where history, culture, and breathtaking nature come together to create a truly enchanting experience.

1. An overview of Tuyet Tinh Coc

  • Location: Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province
  • Entrance fee: 50,000 VND

Tuyet Tinh Coc is also known as Am Tien Cave Tourist Area, part of the historic Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, about 10 km away from Ninh Binh City. It is surrounded by tall limestone mountains with a peaceful lake at its center. In the past, getting here was quite a challenge, requiring a climb over mountains. Recently, to make it easier for tourists to visit, the area has seen some upgrades. Now, there are two tunnels through the mountains and a path around the lake, making it much more accessible.

1.1. Best time to visit Tuyet Tinh Coc Ninh Binh Vietnam

Tuyet Tinh Coc Ninh Binh welcomes visitors from early morning until late evening. To truly capture its magic, dawn and dusk are golden times, when the sunlight bathes Tuyet Tinh Coc in stunning hues, creating breathtaking natural canvases. The atmosphere offers a serene and romantic setting that feels like stepping into another world.

Tuyet Tinh Coc is a hidden gem in Ninh Binh Province

Tuyet Tinh Coc is a hidden gem in Ninh Binh Province (Source: Collected)

Spring and summer are ideal seasons for photography at Tuyet Tinh Coc thanks to clear skies. Aim for a visit between 9 am and 11 am to capture the best shots. These seasons each offer unique experiences; spring brings vibrant festivals, while summer showcases golden rice fields. Both highlight the area’s natural and cultural beauty.

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1.2. How to get there?

Reaching Tuyet Tinh Coc Ninh Binh offers a journey through scenic landscapes. Whether you are coming from Hanoi or nearby areas, there are convenient options to consider:

  • By personal vehicle: From Hanoi, follow National Road 1A for approximately 85 km. When you reach Cau Huyen Street, switch to National Road 38B and continue for about 5.5 km until you reach Am Tien Cave.
  • By coach: You can catch a coach ride, which often departs from Giap Bat Bus Station in Hanoi. The journey to Ninh Binh takes about 50 – 60 minutes. Upon arriving in Ninh Binh, you can catch a taxi or motorbike taxi for a swift ride to Am Tien Cave. Xanh SM is a recommended taxi service that offers a reliable option for travelers.
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The journey to Tuyet Tinh Coc is as enchanting as the destination itself (Source: Collected)

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2. Origin of the name “Tuyet Tinh Coc”

The name “Tuyet Tinh Coc” for Am Tien Cave comes from its stunning scenery, which looks like something out of a fairy tale. The name perfectly fits this spot because of its history and peacefulness. In the past, it was an execution ground under the reign of King Dinh Tien Hoang. Later it was turned into a tranquil temple and meditation site, especially for Mother Queen Duong Van Nga in her final years. The name, meaning a secluded cave, was popularized by younger generations inspired by adventure stories. Today, Tuyet Tinh Coc draws visitors for its wild beauty, a stark contrast to the busy world outside.

3. Highlights of Tuyet Tinh Coc in Ninh Binh

3.1. Am Tien Cave

Am Tien Cave has two parts: a long entrance area and a deeper, narrower main chamber. Inside, the chamber is big and shaped like a dome, going up to 15 meters high, with enough room for hundreds of visitors. The ground is paved with flat stones, and you can see lots of stalactites hanging around. The cave has different areas for worship. All the statues here are made from stone.

Am Tien Cave

Am Tien Cave looks like a scene straight out of a fairy tale (Source: Collected)

3.2. Am Tien Pagoda

Am Tien Pagoda, a pagoda nestled in the cave, has recently been expanded. It now boasts two levels and four roofs, decorated with traditional symbols. The inside is beautifully made from ironwood, featuring elegant carvings of patterns that give the space a graceful feel. At the entrance, you will find impressive doors coated in gold lacquer, adding to the sacred vibe of the place.

3.3. Giai Lake

Giai Lake, nestled near the entrance of the cave, offers a breathtaking view especially at sunset. Historically, it was here that the king would execute sinners by throwing them into the lake full of ferocious creatures. Today, the lake is known for its crystal-clear waters teeming with algae and aquatic life, which adds to its poetic charm. It is a perfect spot for meditation and reflection.

Giai Lake is a perfect spot for meditation and reflection

Giai Lake is a perfect spot for meditation and reflection (Source: Collected)

3.4. Invaluable artifacts

Am Tien Cave and Am Tien Pagoda are home to many precious artifacts. Right by the cave, there is a stone stele that is decorated with a lotus flower on top and has around 385 words on it. However, the words have been worn down by weather over the years, making them hard to read. There is also a small bell hanging nearby, adding a bit of mysterious charm to the place.

3.5. Scenic cycling route

You can rent a bicycle to explore Tuyet Tinh Coc at your own pace. Pedaling around, you will encounter a blend of natural beauty and historical wonder that are sure to captivate. On your bike, you can easily journey to the enigmatic Am Tien Cave, the serene Giai Lake, and the imposing walls that whisper tales of the past. Each stop provides a unique backdrop for capturing memorable photos.

Tuyet Tinh Coc is a sanctuary for those seeking natural beauty

Tuyet Tinh Coc is a sanctuary for those seeking natural beauty (Source: Collected)

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4. Extra notes for a perfect trip to Tuyet Tinh Coc

  • Consider staying in the city center of Ninh Binh or the area of Tam Coc for convenience.
  • Pack mineral water to stay hydrated during your mountain climb.
  • Opt for sports shoes and lightweight clothing for a comfortable climb.
  • Aim to climb the mountain before 4 pm, especially from November onwards, as it can get dark early.
  • Bring sunscreen along for extra sun protection.

Enhance your trip by visiting other nearby attractions, such as Tam Coc, Trang An, Cuc Phuong National Park, Bich Dong Pagoda, Mua Caves, and Bai Dinh Pagoda for a more comprehensive experience.

Tuyet Tinh Coc Ninh Binh Vietnam offers a unique mix of beautiful nature, fascinating history, and peaceful spirituality, making it a must-visit in your Vietnam travel. From exploring the mysterious Am Tien Cave to enjoying the calm Giai Lake and finding peace at Am Tien Pagoda, all the experiences offered in Tuyet Tinh Coc will be unforgettable. 

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