Trang An Ninh Binh travel experience

Trang An is an eco-tourism area located in the Trang An World Heritage Complex in Ninh Binh province. This place has been ranked as a particularly important national monument by the Vietnamese Government and recognized by UNESCO as a dual world heritage since 2014 (Cultural and Natural Heritage). This article will summarize the most useful information for visitors in the journey to discover Trang An Ninh Binh .

Trang An Ninh Binh general introduction

Trang An scenic complex with a system of limestone mountain ranges with a geological age of about 250 million years, over a long period of time weathered by the changes of the earth, climate, sea advance and retreat, has brought in hundreds of years. valleys, caves, lakes and lagoons.

This scenic spot is a place to preserve and contain many ecosystems of wetlands, forests on limestone mountains, archaeological sites and historical and cultural relics. The system of rocky mountains, rivers, forests and caves here is very dangerous, so it was chosen by King Dinh Tien Hoang as the Southern citadel to protect the capital Hoa Lu in the 10th century and then used by the Tran Dynasty as the Vu Lam Palace in the past. Nguyen Mong war. At present, there are many historical relics of Dinh and Tran dynasties.

The center of the marina is located 3 km south of Hoa Lu ancient capital, 7 km west of Ninh Binh city along Trang An Boulevard, 16 km north of Tam Diep city through Tam Coc, 96 miles from Hanoi. km to the south. The core area of ​​Trang An – Tam Coc heritage has an area of ​​​​more than 6,172 hectares, which is a special protection area of ​​the landscape.

This special protection area is located in Hoa Lu special-use forest, belongs to Hoa Lu ancient capital conservation plan and also belongs to the planning of Trang An world heritage complex with an area of ​​12,252 hectares. In the complex of Trang An scenic spots, the center of Hoa Lu ancient capital is in the north, Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist area is in the south, and Trang An eco-tourism area is in the center.

These 3 areas are linked by Hoa Lu special-use forest on limestone mountains and a system of rivers, lakes and lagoons. In addition, this resort is also very close to other tourist attractions such as Mua Cave, Van Long lagoon … Currently, Trang An Eco-tourism Area has been put into operation to serve visitors with three tourist routes. The waterway calendar comes from the boat’s durability.

Where is Trang An Ninh Binh?

Trang An Ninh Binh eco-tourism area is located in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, with an area of ​​2168 hectares, more than 90 km south of Hanoi capital, about 8 km from Ninh Binh city center. This is the most important area in Vietnam’s only mixed heritage recognized by UNESCO in 2014.

Ticket price for Trang An Ninh Binh in 2021

In 2021, the resort has a new service, which is Trang An kayaking . Thus, in addition to the traditional type of tourism with ferry drivers transporting tourists to places of interest, now tourists can be more active in discovering the beautiful scenery at the Heritage site with this type of tour. sport cum.

Traditional boat fare

Client Fare
People over 1.3m . tall 250,000 VND/person
Children from 1m – 1.3m 120,000 VND/person
Children under 1m tall Free
Private boat 1,250,000 VND/ 1 boat
tour guide 300,000 VND/ 1 route

Kayaking ticket price

Boat type/hour Rent cost
Single 2-hour Kayak ticket 250,000 VND/boat
3-hour single kayak ticket 300,000 VND/boat
2 hour double kayak ticket 350,000 VND/boat
3-hour double kayak ticket 400,000 VND/boat

What is the most beautiful season to travel to Trang An Ninh Binh?

In Trang An, each season brings its own unique emotions and images.

January-March (lunar calendar): Visitors can immerse themselves in festivals at the beginning of the New Year. At this time, there is a fast-paced, dynamic life here.

April-June (lunar calendar): The sun and wind of summer make this place change itself like a shining pearl in the midst of nature. The water is clear to the bottom, blending with the rays of the sun through the valley and the forest canopy.

July-September (lunar calendar): In the fall, Trang An is quieter, a green color gradually turns yellow, making this place like being lost in the poems about autumn very typical of poets.

October-December (lunar calendar): In the last months of the year in the mist, combined with ancient architecture, visitors can imagine Trang An appearing as a fairyland.

Before the journey to discover Trang An Ninh Binh, you should monitor the Ninh Binh weather forecast for the next 7 days, automatically update for travel to have appropriate preparations in terms of clothing and travel schedule.

Trang An Ninh Binh how to move

For neighboring provinces or less than 100km from Ninh Binh, visitors can take a bus to Ninh Binh bus station or use Limousine bus service with fares ranging from 80,000 VND to 140,000 VND. Then take a taxi or rent a motorbike to move in according to Google Maps or Ninh Binh Map .

For the western and southern provinces, tourists travel by plane to Noi Bai airport. If the tour company has booked a car, visitors can go directly to Ninh Binh or take a bus or limousine to Ninh Binh by themselves.
Visitors can also move from the provinces to Ninh Binh by train.

According to Trang An Ninh Binh travel experience, 2 limousine options, then renting a motorbike to explore Trang An and other places in Ninh Binh is the most convenient. To rent a motorbike in Ninh Binh is also very simple, any accommodation service here has a motorbike rental service. If you are only traveling for the day, you can stop at any hotel or homestay to rent a motorbike without renting a room.

Ninh Binh tourist map

With the tourist map of Trang An Ninh Binh, visitors can easily schedule a schedule to explore Trang An in particular and Ninh Binh in general, because the tourist attractions of Ninh Binh are relatively close to each other.

Staying when traveling to Trang An Ninh Binh

Only about 7km from the city center, you should choose to stay in Ninh Binh city to have more choices in finding suitable hotels and motels. From here, it only takes about 15-20 minutes to reach Trang An boat station, so it is not too inconvenient.

Homestay in Trang An Ninh Binh

If you do not like to travel far and want to enjoy life among the four sides of beautiful nature, you can consider choosing to stay in some homestays right near Trang An, but there are not too many options to choose from. you can decide.

The fastest way is to book on Agoda, there are many options for you to choose from such as: hotel, homestay, resort. Booking discount code is also available for you to choose to book on: Agoda

Trang An tourist destination Ninh Binh

Route 1

Route number one you visit 3 spiritual sites and 9 caves in a closed circle. To explore caves, strange rocks and learn about the history of Dinh dynasty through relics and legends of Wine Cooking Cave, Trinh Temple, Phu Khong… especially Tran Temple, the heart of Cultural Heritage and World nature.

Route 1 itinerary summary : Boat dock – Trinh Temple – Dark Cave – Morning Cave – Ruou Cave – Tran Temple – Ba Giot Cave – Seo Cave – Son Duong Cave – Phu Khong – Bao Hieu Pagoda – Khong Cave – Tran Cave – Quy Hau Cave – return to the marina (about 3.5 hours – 4.5 hours depending on how long you stay on the stops)

Line 2

Tourist route number 2 with 4 caves (Lam cave, Vang cave, Thanh Slide cave, Dai cave), and 3 spiritual spots ( Trinh temple, Suoi Tien temple and special spiritual cluster Vu Lam palace). From there, learn about the history of the Tran dynasty at Vu Lam Palace. Finally, you will pass through the place that is set in the world famous movie Kong: Skull Island. (From July 2019, you will not stop on this island but just pass by)

Route 2 itinerary summary : Boat dock – Lam Cave – Vang Cave – Thanh Slide Cave – Suoi Tien Temple – Dai Cave – Vu Lam Hanh Cung – return to the marina (about 2.5 hours – 3 hours)

Route 3

Tourist route No. 3 is the newest route put into operation at the end of 2017, owning the longest cave and all other eco-zones of its kind in Ninh Binh. Visitors will be amazed by the stalactite system of May cave stretching over 1000m that mother nature has honed over thousands of years. After that, visitors come back to the historical site of Suoi Tien Temple to discover the origin with Saint Quy Minh Dai Vuong.

Route 3 itinerary summary : Boat dock – Trinh Temple – Cloud Cave – Suoi Tien – Dia Linh Cave – Dai Cave – Hanh Cung Vu Lam – Kong film studio (aboriginal village) – back to the boat dock (3 hours – 3 hours) 3.5 hours)


Kayaking at Trang An Ninh Binh

The newest line opened in August 2020. When kayaking to admire the scenery of Trang An, visitors will choose 1 of 2 itineraries:

Kayak route No. 1 starts from Marina, goes through Trinh Temple, to Tam Quan Gate, Dark Cave Gate, Quy Hau Cave Gate, Ngoc Mountain.

On this route, visitors can check-in on the boat, the tree stump under the Tam Quan gate.

Go to the temple to burn incense. The length of this route both going and returning is about 8km.

Kayak line 2 departs  from the Marina to Kong Island Wharf to Thuy Dinh, Vu Lam Hanh Cung.

On this route, visitors can check-in on the boat, Thuy Dinh and learn the history of Hanh Cung Vu Lam…

The length of this route both going and returning is about 5km.

What to wear when traveling to Trang An Ninh Binh?

With the traditional boat route:

  • If you visit route 1: You should dress modestly because this journey will lead you to the most sacred places of Trang An such as Trinh temple, Tran temple… or if you want to wear a colorful dress to take pictures, consider bringing it along. Cover with cloth to ensure the solemnity of communal houses, temples and pagodas
  • If you visit routes 2 and 3: Your advice is colorful, antique, antique, Nhat Binh shirts to stand out in front of the majestic natural scenery.

With kayaks:

  • Sportswear, neat, airy, sweat-absorbent is the first choice. In addition, there are accessories to protect electronic devices, jewelry …

Which route should I choose to go to Trang An Ninh Binh?

According to Trang An Ninh Binh travel experience , route 3 is the most chosen journey by tourists. In addition, when taking route 3 Trang An, on the afternoon you also pass some points of route 2.

If you tend to choose a spiritual trip, route 1 Trang An is the most suitable.

If using the Kayak service, then choosing route 2 will be suitable for the majority of visitors’ health and have more check-in points.

This is just a suggestion, but if you are healthy enough, you can explore both kayaking routes of Trang An.

Specialty Trang An Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh mountain goat meat

Ninh Binh mountain goat meat is characterized by firmness, low fat and aromatic taste. It is said that this is because in Ninh Binh there are many rocky mountains, goats run and jump a lot, so their muscles are firmer and less fat than goats grazing on the hills.

On the other hand, with the typical terrain of flooded limestone mountains, there are many types of vegetables, grass, and herbs suitable for goat food such as gai gai, yellow leg, cypress, ozo, lime, cow’s hoof. , gourd, gourd, gourd, rat snout, snout, gooseberry, create the quality and delicious taste of goat meat.


Burnt rice

The burnt rice dish is not a traditional dish of Trang An people in Ninh Binh, but created by a son of the ancient capital and kept and developed until now. A rustic dish, showing the ingenuity of human hands, has been handed down for hundreds of years, becoming a specialty of the ancient capital, one of the famous delicacies of Ninh Binh.


Ninh Binh mountain snail

This species of mountain snails in Trang An Ninh Binh is extremely rare because they only live in caves, it is not until the rainy season from April to August that mountain snails crawl out to find food and reproduce. Mountain snails are found in most places in Ninh Binh province, but are concentrated in the limestone mountains of Tam Diep, Yen Mo and Nho Quan, Hoa Lu.

Mountain snails are very difficult to detect, people often have to get up early in the morning when snails crawl out of the cave to find food and catch them. Mountain snail meat is tough, crispy, sweet, fragrant with traditional medicine. Mountain snails can be processed into many dishes such as grilled, fried with tamarind, steamed with ginger, boiled and drained, mixed with onion salad… all very attractive.


General Truong perch is a type of perch that lives in a flooded cave environment in Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh. Called Tong Truong perch because this fish was discovered in the flooded cave area of ​​Toong Truong Yen, now the Trang An World Heritage complex in Hoa Lu district.

General Truong perch has solid, golden, aromatic flesh and can be processed into many dishes such as: roasted, fried, sour soup perch or dried.

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