Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh


Trang An, appearing in the famous Hollywood movie Kong: Skull Island, is a famous tourist destination for both domestic and foreign visitors. Being known as Ha Long Bay within the land, Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular view dominated by towering limestone karsts covered with tropical plants and conjoint by emerald rice fields and sapphire rivers.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh
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Where is the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex In Ninh Binh?

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is about 100km south of Hanoi and about 10km west of Ninh Binh Railway Station in Ninh Binh. Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex consists a total of areas - Trang An Landscape Complex, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Tam Coc - Bich Dong scenic area.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is the 8th UNESCO - recognized World Heritage Site in Vietnam, on June 23rd 2014 was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage list for ít cultural, historical and geological heritage. At the boat wherf of Trang An Ecotourism Site, you can also see a number of preserved and discovered archaeological exhibits, hundreds and thousands of years old.

How to Get to Trang An Landscape Complex?

the best way how to get to Trang An Complex is to travel by motobike or bicycles. Trang An Complex is about 100km from Hanoi and about 10 km from the Ninh Binh Railway Station. Travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is very easy (by bus or train), you can book your bus/train tickets online. 

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The entire neighborhood of Ninh Binh lies in the lowland so it is easy to move thể. The best way is to rent a motobike or bicycle (in Ninh Binh or Tam Coc). it is a cheap way of transport in this area. You can also take a taxi or mototaxi (Xe Om) from Ninh Binh to Trang An Ecotourism Site.

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What you can do in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex?

Visiting Trang An Eco tourism complex, tourists have opportunities to enjoy the grandeur of the mountains, the daydreaming of lakes, spectacular caves together with immense blue sky. 

All mingles together offering tourists the passionate and poetic feelings among the wonderful natural scenery. They also learn about the process of national construction of three dynasties: Dinh Tien Hoang dynasty, Le Dai Hanh dynasty and Ly Thai To dynasty.

The combination of different types of tourism such as ecotourism, Spirituality and Historical relics create rich and attractive tours. Besides, friendly and enthusiastic tour guides as well as local residents make tourists feel content.

Trang An Eco tourism complex divided into 9 routes of waterway and 2 routes of road. However, only 1 route of waterway and 1 route of road has been used and served tourists.

The road route retains the length of 1.6 km into Tran Temple (also known as Noi Lam Temple) starting at Cay Bang wharf. It is actually interesting hiking route through 3 consecutive passes. The hiking trails are currently built with the broad stone sidesteps. On the way to Tran Temple (worshiping God Quy Minh – 18th Hung King), 7 octagonal ironwood buildings are built in order to serve the relaxation of trekking tourists. The waterway tourist routes combine hiking with excursions by boats across 13 caves to historic sites as the closed roadmap. It is these unique features make Ninh Binh travel become much more attractive.

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According to road tour, it takes over 3 hours for tourists to explore the Trang An eco tourism complex beginning at the reception center in Trang An avenue. Tourist will be taken by friendly boat drivers to visit 12 caves and grottoes, 3 spiritual sites. 

From the wharf, visitors go first to Toi (Dark) Cave, then to Sang (Bright) Cave, Nau Ruou (Wine-brewing) Cave, and the others in a circular route. These caves are home to many wild creatures and plants and each cave has its own beauty with many stalactites in a profusion of color. Traversing each cave, visitors come to another watery valley flanked by cliffs and forests. While enjoying the fresh mountain air and the soft light of the river valleys, visitors are suddenly dazzled by the sun and get the feeling they are lost in a fairy land. The water is calm and so limpid that bushes of green weeds on the bottom look like a grass cover.

Best Time to Visit Trang An Landscape Complex

You can visit the Trang An Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh throughout the year. The most beautiful views are in the summer or in the period before rice harvesting in the area of Ninh Binh. Rice harvest season in this area is from September - October, these months are very good for visiting this area is colorful. 

Winter time can be cold and also rainy, so prepare some light warm clothes.

Opening time of Trang An Ecotourism Site (boat tours): Monday - Sunday; 7 am - 16 pm. Note: Saturday and Sun day are the most visited days. I recommend to visit place in the early morning.

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Where to stay in Trang An?

Ninh Binh and ít Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex offers many accommodation options. You can use there various hotels, resorts, guesthouses, hostel, bungalows. Some of the accommodation facilities you can also find near the Trang An Ecotourism Site, but also in Tam Coc. The advantage is that you stay within the reach of the most beautiful sceneries and boat tours.

Do you plan to visit Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, Ninh Binh? If you have any question, feel free to ask us. Vietnam Typical Tours Team is always here for you!

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