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Duration: 3h00 – 4h00
Hike: 2km; altitude: + 85m; - 120m; 1h30
Boat trip: 2,6km; 0h45
Group size: min 2; max 6
A walk in nature along the path winding through a forest to discover the fauna and flora of Tam Coc.
You will have the opportunity to be accompanied by a local guide who is a fifty-year-old passionate gardener and former hunter, very knowledgeable about the area’s topography, plants, and animals. He will let you in on little-known facts, share stories of this ancient land, and provide a deeper layer of understanding of your discoveries.
From Tam Coc Garden, transfer by car to the meeting point. Begin climbing the stone stairs to the top (almost fifty-meter altitude above the ground) through the dense forest, which is home to several endemic plants and trees such as ficus, lianas, palms, thorns, bamboo, etc. During your hike, take the time to admire the surrounding nature, and breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy the panoramic landscape of Thung Nham when you stand at the top.
Continue heading down to the Northeast. Immerse yourself in a real wild area while listening to the local guide telling about the forest, its inhabitants, and habits. Gain an up-close look at the varied flora that is scattered throughout the mountain range and learn about the use of some plants such as Convolvulaceae, Cissus modeccoides Planch, and Oroxylum Indicum, which can enhance your dishes or your pharmacy. You will also see native birds. Remain silent, and perhaps you will be lucky enough to see monkeys, civets, red-tailed squirrels, ...
The path continues downhill and passes through a flat area, where large-leaved Alocasia odora trees grow under the canopy of the primitive forest. The undergrowth is made up of ferns and bamboo groves.
The hike ends with the crossing of two successive swampy areas, surrounded by thick wild grass and limestone peaks. Take a break to recharge your batteries with a light snack and a fresh drink.
Then, hop on a sampan boat ride, paddle through the emerald water caves on the beautiful river, and immerse into the countryside of Tam Coc.
Disembark at the Thung Nang and return to Tam Coc Garden by car.