General introduction Tuyet Tinh Coc – Am Tien Cave
Ninh Binh has long been a popular tourism destination for both domestic and foreign visitors. Apart from well-known tourist sites such as Bai Dinh Pagoda, Trang An Grottoes, Tam Coc, Bich Dong Pagoda, or Mua Cave, Tuyet Tinh Coc (also known as Am Tiem Cave) has recently emerged as a new tourist attraction in Ninh Binh.
The formal name of this tourist site is Am Tien Cave or Am Tien Pagoda. Because of its charming green landscape, many tourists compare its beauty to ‘’Tuyet Tinh Coc” and give it a new name.
With the unspoiled beauty that is separated from the bustle and hustle life, tourists can enjoy the peacefulness and tranquility here.
Tuyet Tinh Coc is actually a unique “fairyland” that makes tourists feel like getting lost in the dreamy and mysterious scenes in historical movies. Let’s come along with us and explore this destination right now!
Where is Tuyet Tinh Coc?
Tuyet Tinh Coc (also Am Tien Cave) is located in the complex of Hoa Lu Citadel, Truong Yen Commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province.
With the height of 500 meters above sea level, Am Tien cave has a cool climate around the year. The area is actually a small valley with a large lake in the low-lying area, enclosed by imposing mountains.
It used to be hard to find Am Tien cave since tourists had to climb 205 stone stairs to get there. However, thanks to investments in developing Ninh Binh tourism, a tunnel was recently finished to make sightseeing in this place more convenient.
After going through the tunnel, there is a large lake in the color of jade looking down to the bottom. Tourists will reach Am Tien cave full of intriguing things to discover just by ascending the stone stairs ahead.
How to get to Tuyet Tinh Coc from Hanoi?
It is about 90 kilometers from the center of Hanoi to Tuyet Tinh Coc in Ninh Binh, so it may take nearly 2 hours or more to get there depending on the means of transportation tourists choose: coach, private car, taxi or motorbike. Currently, the Hanoi – Ninh Binh bus route operates continuously, making it easy to move to Tuyet Tinh Coc at any time of the day.
For those who love trekking, going by motorbike is the best choice. However, make sure you are an experienced driver and thoroughly understand the traffic law to enjoy safe travel on your own.
Best time to visit Tuyet Tinh Coc
Each season brings its own beauty to Tuyet Tinh Coc for tourists to explore. Still in the north of Vietnam, this place has a typical four-season climate.
- Spring and autumn are considered the most ideal time to travel because the weather is so pleasant and suitable for sightseeing activities.
- Summer in the North of Vietnam is quite hot. However, the temperature inside the cave is normally cooler than the common temperature, which makes tourism activities much easier.
- It is frequently cold and foggy in the winter. Tourists visiting Tuyet Tinh Coc at that time may feel lost in the fascinating scenery of fairyland. Remember that it gets dark quickly in the winter, so go early in the morning or at noon to have more time to explore here.
What is the ticket price to this place?
The ticket price to Am Tien Cave is 20,000vnd/person. With this ticket price, tourists can freely explore this site during the day. If going by motorbike, tourists have to pay from 10,000vnd to 20,000vnd for parking fees.
Note: Ask for the parking fee in advance to avoid overcharging, especially in the peak season.
What can you do in Am Tiem Cave – Ninh Binh?
Visiting Am Tiem cave and pagoda
The Am Tien Cave lies around 70 meters from the mountain’s foot. Tourists must ascend rough stone steps with rows of ancient green trees on both sides to reach the cave. There are several old stone steles in front of the cave inscribed with the names of persons who helped build Am Tien Pagoda – Cave hundreds of years ago.
Tourists will also see an epitaph engraved on the stone above the cave gate. The cave gate is guarded by two colossal Dharmapala statues and some statues of Dinh – Le dynasty generals, making the gate even more majestic.
Inside the cave, there is the altar of majestic stone Buddha statues where tourists can worship. The cave’s mystique is enhanced by the specular stalactites in a variety of shapes. At the end of the cave, tourists can see a little lake known as “Suoi Giai Oan” by the locals.
Inside the Am Tien cave area, tourists can also visit Muoi Cave and Tien Cave. During the Dinh and Le Dynasties, they were supposed to be utilized for food and national treasury storage.
Enjoying the view from the wall of Tuyet Tinh Coc – Ninh Binh
At Tuyet Tinh Coc-Ninh Binh, the solid wall, a long-lasting architectural work that has seen many historical years of ups and downs, is one of the ideal spots to enjoy the stunning scenery.
This spot is becoming increasingly popular among young people, and many couples are choosing it as a good location for wedding photography.
Walking around the lake and taking pictures
Perhaps the images of the clear and calm lake with emerald green color will be something that tourists remember about Tuyet Tinh Coc. Coming to this place, tourists should not miss taking a small boat out on the lake to go sightseeing between the green and majestic mountains. This is definitely a romantic setting for beautiful photographs.
Anyone who visits Tuyet Tinh Coc will undoubtedly fall in love with the scenery here. The green color of mountains and lake, in harmony with the blue sky, draw a picturesque scenery to this landscape. Tuyet Tinh Coc, a beautiful and spiritual location, will not disappoint you.
Tours in Am Tien Cave
On 1-day trip to Tuyet Tinh Coc, tourists can choose 1-2 more destinations to explore:
Some places to visit during the day.
- Tuyet Tinh Coc – Am Tien Cave + Trang An Grottoes + Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
- Tuyet Tinh Coc – Am Tien Cave + Bai Dinh Pagoda
- Tam Coc – Bich Dong + Tuyet Tinh Coc – Am Tien Cave + Mua Cave
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