Tam Coc Garden Resort in Ninh Binh, Vietnam

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Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, Tam Coc Garden, nestled amidst rice fields, is a jewel of hospitality, gastronomy and romanticism, harmoniously intertwined with local farm life. As you ascend the steps to Tam Coc Garden, you will be warmly welcomed as a close friend who can share special moments with the local people into a quiet, peaceful, simple atmosphere in which comfort is not compromised.

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Location

Located in watercolour-pretty Ninh Binh, south of Hanoi, the Tam Coc Garden is tucked into the crevices between lumbering limestone mountains and bright-green rice paddies. A short ride on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles will take you to Bich Dong Pagoda, a series of atmospheric caves filled with ancient shrines. While other local attractions — Tam Coc River, Dong Thien Ha (Galaxy Caves), Van Long Nature Reserve — are all relatively easy to reach by car.    

Address: Hai Nham Hamlet, Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Bình, Vietnam

Style & character

It comes as a delightful surprise to find such a stylish little abode in what is essentially the middle of nowhere. It is bursting with charm, and there are fragrant wildflowers and tropical blooms framing the pathways, intimate outdoor terraces and chic rooms which open up onto swaying rice fields. Combine that with the remote location and bucolic scenery and you’ve got the perfect recipe for calm.

Tam Coc Garden via Journey to the East

Service & facilities

As it’s a small property, facilities are few. Although there is a lovely little swimming pool in which to cool down after trekking around the countryside. Overall, the staff were excellent: friendly housekeepers, an efficient reception desk, with just a couple of missteps in the restaurant, when the waiters just wandered aimlessly away mid-meal.   
  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

The 16 rooms hit the sweet spot between rustic and refined, with two-toned tiled floors, chunky stone walls, vaulted ceilings and large beds dressed with wispy nets and embroidered linens. Indoor/outdoor bathrooms have ceramic blue-glazed soaking tubs and locally-made jasmine-scented toiletries. Premium rooms also come with cosy living spaces and outdoor patios with rice-paddy-tastic views – well-worth splashing out the extra £12 to enjoy.

Tam Coc Garden via Audley Travel

Food & drink

Breakfast — think poached eggs, rice buns, porky pho and pineapple and ginger lassi — is served on the terrace. If you love Vietnamese food, you’ll be in your element here, with oversized bowls of banana flower and chicken salad, pork stew with lotus seeds, and carrot, mint and pawpaw spring rolls all coming in at less than £5 a portion (tomatoes, spinach, aubergines, papaya, mangoes and more come straight from the Tam Coc’s organic gardens too). Western dishes — club sandwiches, burgers, chicken wings — are also available, but were less impressive. 

From the restaurant, with its stunning natural backdrop, our chef will prepare mouth-watering dishes with local flavors according to seasonal availability of products, fine-tuning the  right balance between local and western tastes, making each dish an unforgettable sensory experience.

Access for guests with disabilities?

No. 

Family-friendly?

Yes. Children are welcome and twin rooms come with two double beds, with no extra charges for kiddies under 12 years old.

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