Overview Of Trang An
Trang An Landscape Complex is located in Ninh Binh Province, northern Vietnam, near the southern edge of the Red River Delta. It is a combination of cultural and natural features, primarily located within three protected areas: Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Trang An-Tam Coc-Bich Dong Scenic Landscape, and Hoa Lu Special-Use Forest.

Trang An is home to some of the most breathtaking karst mountains in the world, with towering limestone peaks adorned with lush, flowering jungle and verdant rice fields nestled in the valleys between them. The rivers here are interconnected and feature a system of 31 lagoons and lakes connected to 48 caves, and is known for its natural beauty and stalactites.offering the perfect opportunity for scenic boat trips through the stunning landscape.

In addition to the stunning natural beauty, Trang An is also home to a number of ancient temples and pagodas hidden among the mountains and jungle, which can only be accessed by boat or a challenging climb. This adds to the spiritual and religious atmosphere of the place. The Trang An festival is held from the 17th to 19th of the third lunar month and includes games and other cultural events honoring the gods Cao Son and Quy Minh.

Karst Formation In Trang An
Trang An is a globally recognized humid tropical tower-karst landscape that is in the final stages of geomorphic evolution. It features a variety of classical karst cones, towers, and enclosed depressions connected by a complex network of underground waterways, some of which are navigable by small boats. The area has been impacted by sea invasions in the past, but is now emerged on land. Its landscape is characterized by towering mountains covered in rainforest, large internal basins, and narrow cave passages with gently flowing waters, creating a beautiful and peaceful setting. The karst formations in Trang An are thought to have formed over millions of years through the dissolution of limestone and dolomite by rainwater and other sources, creating underground caves and passageways. These caves and passageways have become an important part of the local ecosystem, providing habitat for various plant and animal species. Trang An’s karst landscape also includes temples and other cultural landmarks, such as the Hang Mua Temple, which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The karst formations in Trang An are a major attraction for tourists and offer a unique way to experience the natural beauty and culture of this region of Vietnam.

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Kong Skull Island
The 2017 movie “Kong: Skull Island” used Trang An as a filming location. After the movie’s release, the local tourism board opened a portion of the movie set to the public, including a reconstructed jungle village from the film, with local actors dressed as the movie’s indigenous characters. It sounds like a unique and interesting way to experience the beauty of Trang An and learn more about the film industry.

Boat Trip in Trang An
Trang An is a popular tourist destination in Ninh Binh, Vietnam known for its beautiful natural scenery and cultural significance. A boat trip is a popular activity for tourists visiting Trang An, as it allows them to explore the area’s many caves, temples, and natural wonders.

At the ticket office, a large map displays 3 routes for visitors to choose from, each taking you to different caves and temples. However, no matter which route you choose, the tour price and duration are the same, about 3 hours.

Trang An Boat Tour Route 1
Boat dock, Trinh Temple, Dark Cave, Bright Cave, Nau Ruou Cave, Tran Temple, Ba Giot Cave, Seo Cave, Son Duong Cave, Khong Palace, Bao Hieu Temple, Khong Cave, Tran Cave, Quy Hau Cave, Boat dock.

Highlights:

9 caves and 3 temples
Duration about 3 hours
If you want to see many caves and geological features such as stalactites, this is the route for you. We chose the first route and it was incredibly peaceful.

Trang An Boat Tour Route 2
Boat dock, Lam Cave, Thanh Cao Son Temple, Vang Cave, Thanh Truot Cave, Suoi Tien Temple, Dai Cave, Hanh Cung Vu Lam Temple, Kong Skull Island Film Set, Boat dock.

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Highlights:

4 caves and 3 temples
Film location of King Kong Skull Island
Duration about 2.5 hours.
Good combination of caves and attractions including the filming location of Kong Skull Island. But this is usually the most crowded route.

Trang An Boat Tour Route 3
Boat dock, Trinh Temple, Dot Cave, May Cave, Suoi Tien Temple, Dia Linh Mountain, Dai Cave, Hanh Cung Vu Lam Temple, Kong Skull Island Film Set, Boat dock.

Highlights:

3 caves and 3 temples
Shortest length route
Dot Cave is 1,000m long
Duration about 2-3 hours.
Take this route is you want to see less caves, but to see the longest cave and experience more of Trang An’s gorgeous scenery.

The boat
The boat can accommodate maximum 4 persons, the rower sits in the back of the boat. If you are a group of 2 you will have to wait for some partners to fill the vacancies, otherwise you will have to cover the full price. During a boat trip in Trang An, visitors will typically board a small wooden boat and be guided through a network of waterways that wind through the surrounding limestone cliffs. The boat will pass through a series of caves and passageways, offering glimpses of the area’s stunning natural beauty and rich cultural history.

Although the boat tour is safe, make sure to put your life jacket on before starting the tour. The boats are not roofed and there is little to no shade along the way. Remember to bring your hat or sunscreen. Bring water and some snack if necessary, as the boat tour will take about 3 hours. Despite the long tiring trip, the rowers are usully friendly and helpful. Consider a small tip for them if you are happy with the trip.

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Best Time To Visit Trang An
Trang An can be visited at any time of the year, although the weather is generally considered to be the most pleasant between November and April. The rainy and dry seasons may affect the conditions, and it can be particularly chilly in December and January. In comparison to Tam Coc, Trang An has fewer rice fields, so the rice season may not be as significant a factor in terms of the overall beauty of the landscape.

Information Of Trang An
Address: Ninh Xuan Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province

Opening: Daily 07:00 – 18:00

Combo (entrance fee + boat tour)
Adults: 250,000đ per person
Children (1-1.3 meters): 120,000d per person
Children (<1 meter): Free
Tour guide available in Vietnamese and English: 300,000đ per tour
Average visit time: 4 hours