Trang An Boat Tour - Ninh Binh, Vietnam (Travel Guide + Tips)

Trang An Boat Tour – Ninh Binh, Vietnam (Travel Guide + Tips)

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TRANG AN BOAT TOUR

Boat Wharf in Trang An Boat Tour

Trang An Landscape Complex is an area in the province of Ninh Binh that showcases a magnificent landscape of limestone rock formations or karsts, rice paddy fields, and an intricate system of subterranean waterways. Here in Trang An is where the ancient capital of Hoa Lu is situated which is why several dozen monuments like temples, tombs, pagodas, and grottoes can be found. These wonders can be visited by Ninh Binh’s Trang An Boat Tour.

Boat Tour passing through caves

As part of our Vietnam trip, we booked a travel tour to Ninh Binh that includes the following destinations: Hang Mua Viewpoints, Trang An Boat Tour, and the Bai Dinh Pagoda Complex. The Trang An Boat Tour is the highlight of our trip. Being the nature lover that I am, I was extremely stunned by the beauty of the landscape in Trang An.

People taking photos of a wooden structure that looks like floating on water

NATURE AND FANTASY

We rode a boat good for 4-5 persons that was being rowed by a nice Vietnamese woman. The boat ride felt like I was in The Lord of the Rings. It felt like an adventure going on a journey around the world and seeing different bodies of nature. As our boat traveled along the river, lush green mountains surrounded us, then we passed through multiple lit caves where we had to bend to avoid stalactites and to fit ourselves into narrow openings.

Trang An Boat Tour boat with 4-5 people

Our boat passing through one of the caves in Trang An

Boat carefully navigates inside lit caves in Trang An

Going out of the caves, instead of The Argonath, towering limestone karsts unfolded in front of us. It is very fascinating to see limestone structures of different shapes. When I looked down, there were unusual things under the water, it reminded me of The Dead Marshes, but instead of the dead, they were underwater plants. It was strange and tickled my curiosity. I suddenly thought that maybe the area was high and filled with plants, then because of an event, the area was filled with water and left the plants underwater. After a long time, the plants adapted and were able to survive underwater. This is just a playful theory but that encounter is magical to me.

Limestone mountains in Trang An, Ninh Binh

Underwater plants surviving under water

What added to the boat ride’s charm are the wooden structures that can be found standing in the middle of nowhere — Temples and pagodas following traditional Vietnamese architecture that were hidden there through time. This was a long ride but despite that and the heat of the sun, this tour was one of my favorites in our Vietnam trip. If you are a nature lover or a fantasy world creator, Trang An is a place where you can relax and get inspiration.

A Vietnamese temple in the middle of nowhere

A wooden structure in the middle of the lake that looks like floating on water

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TRAVEL GUIDE & TIPS

LOCATION:

HOW TO GET THERE:

a. BY TRAIN/BUS:

  • Take a train/bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh. TRAIN/BUS TICKETS TO NINH BINH VIA 12GO (Travel Time: 2 Hours & 30 Minutes; Fare: 120,000 VND ~ 195,000 VND)
  • From Ninh Binh, take a taxi or a motor-taxi or book a Grab to Di sản Tràng An (Travel Time: 15 Minutes)

b. CAR RENTAL:

c. TRAVEL TOURS:

BEST TIME TO VISIT:

All year-round. Each season offers its own charm.

  • Spring: Unique festivals happen here like Tran An Festival and Co Lau Festival.
  • Summer: You’ll witness golden rice fields and fragrant lotus ponds.
  • Autumn: The weather becomes pleasant and cool, perfect for outdoor activities.
  • Winter: Trang An transforms into a misty fairyland.

RATES:

  • Entrance Fee (Adults): 250,000 VND/Person
  • Entrance Fee (Seniors): 125,000 VND/Person
  • Entrance Fee (Children: 1~1.3 meters tall): 120,000 VND/Person
  • Entrance Fee (Children: Under 1 meter tall): FREE
  • Private Boat (4-5 Persons): 1,250,000 VND/1 Boat
  • Tour Guide Fee: 300,000 VND/Tour
  • Single Kayak (1 Person): 250,000 ~ 300,000 VND/Boat
  • Double Kayak (2 Persons): 350,000 ~ 400,000 VND/Boat

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CONNECT:

  • Website: https://disantrangan.vn/
  • Contact Number: +84 229 3620 335

NOTES:

  • OPERATING HOURS: 6:00 A.M. – 4:45 P.M. (Summer, Holidays & New Year); 7:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. (Winter)
  • TICKET SALE: 6:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (Mondays to Fridays); 6:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (Saturdays to Sundays)
  • TRANG AN BOAT TOUR ROUTES:
      • Route 1: Boat Station – Trinh Temple – Dark Cave – Bright Cave – Nau 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 Boat Station (Duration Time: 3.5 – 4.5 Hours)
      • Route 2: Boat wharf – Lam Cave – Vang Cave – Thanh Truot Cave – Suoi Tien Temple – Dai Cave – Hanh Cung Vu Lam – Return to the Boat Wharf (Duration Time: 2.5 – 3 Hours)
      • Route 3: Boat station – Trinh Temple – Cloud Cave – Suoi Tien – Dia Linh Cave – Dai Cave – Hanh Cung Vu Lam – Kong film studio (aboriginal village) – Return to the Boat Station (Duration Time: 3 – 3.5 Hours)
  • Route 3 is the route most chosen by tourists because on the way back you will pass through some sites of route 2. Take Route 1 if you want a spiritual journey.
  • Wear comfortable clothing because you’ll be under the sun but also wear decorously as you will be visiting religious sites.
  • Bring water, a cap, and an extra umbrella as you will be sailing under the heat of the sun.
  • Be careful when going through the caves, you need to bend over to avoid the stalactites and narrow openings in the caves.
  • The boat ride is long so be prepared to sit for a long time.
  • Restrooms can be found in the locations of the temples.

©CHASEJASE

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