Trang An Grottoes
Trang An Grottoes is a prominent place in Southeast Asia and the world which contains abundant archaeological evidences preserved, mostly shells, animal bones, pottery, stone tools, kitchen floor and human remains. This is an extremely valuable documentary treasure demonstrating the way that prehistoric human interacted with natural landscape and adapted to major changes of environment over more than 30,000 years, at least since the late Ice Age. During this time, they endured some of the most turbulent climatic and geographical changes in the Earth’s history. Besides, cultural and historical relics such as pagodas, temples, palaces in Trang An Grottoes also contribute to consolidating many archaeological documents. There are 31 wetlands connected by 48 caves, including 2 km of water caves, such as Dia Linh cave, Sinh Du cave or May cave. Nothing is more interested than having a boat trip through caves that you can experience the feeling of thrill and admire the strange shapes on the caves when the boat enters the deep grottoes.
Trang An Landscape Complex
Trang An Landscape Complex covers an area of 6,172 ha in districts of Hoa Lu, Gia Vien, Nho Quan, Tam Diep Town and Ninh Binh City, about 90km to the southeast of Hanoi. Being known as Halong 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. This natural wonder is Vietnam’s only Mixed Cultural and Natural Heritage Site, recognized by UNESCO in 2014.
How to Get to Trang An
How to get to Trang An from Ninh Binh City Center
If you are in Ninh Binh or Tam Coc, the best way to get Trang An is by motorbike or taxi. You can rent a motorbike in one day with 150,000 VND/day, taxi will cost about 15,000 VND/km.
A tip for you is you should choose a metered taxi to avoid over-charge. Such as Mai Linh Taxi, Hoa Lu Taxi, Xuan Thanh Taxi, Van Xuan Taxi… which are famoust and best taxi in Ninh Binh or book a GRAB bike.
How to get to Trang An from Hanoi
There are many tour companies offering 1 day or 2 days tour in Ninh Binh city. If you choose A Day Tour to Trang An, usually the means of transportation will be included in the service.
Typically tour provider will transfer you in a shuttle bus or private car and you can arrange the pick-up destination and date. Remember that, if you pay money for the service, you can deal fairly. Here are a few of the suggestions:
Or, you can go by train from Hanoi. You need to buy a ticket from Hanoi train station at 120 Le Duan Street, Hoan Kiem District. There are many time from Hanoi to Ninh Binh Station. The cost roundy 5 USD per way for seating train. The train journey’s take 2 – 2.5 hours to get reach to Ninh Binh Station.
How to get to Trang An from tam Coc
Best Time to Visit Trang An
Due to its location near Hanoi, Trang An can be quite crowded in holidays, vacations or festival time. However, coming on normal weekdays, you can have this whole picturesque landscape all for yourself. Embraced in a moist, hot and windy climate pattern, Trang An has developed a system of moss-covered karst peaks and humid hill paths. Due to the need to for easy climbing activities and water boat travel, this destination often has its tour operated in the dry season. However, do not let the inconvenience of a trip under rainy weather get into you, for Trang An landscape complex only appears at its most vivid and lively beauty in the rainy season. Tropical rain paints the immense forests in a fantastic color and the water often becomes so clear it turns to a vibrant hue.
Natural Karst Tower in Trang An Landscape Complex
The towering karst mountains in Trang An landscape complex can match Halong Bay ‘s for their grandiose and awe-inspiring sight. In ancient time, this place used to be an imperial city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty. According to Feng Shui masters, some of the limestone shapes resemble the mythical swords and mighty power of the king and his nation – a reason for king Dinh Bo Linh to move his capital to Hoa Lu (Trang An). Some of the karst towers collapse within itself and create such mysterious caves inside, which are accessible for visitors by riverboat.
Tropical Forests & Rivers in Trang An Landscape Complex
Immense rain forest, plant and moss cover the landscape, blending with the vast paddy fields below. Rivers cross rivers and rice fields, wrapping themselves around the base of the majestic karst towers. The river system in Trang An is very diverse with the north bordered by Hoang Long River, the east by the Chanh River, the south by the He river and the west by Ben Dang river. Some of the rivers unite in the center of the heritage site, becoming a convenient traveling path for tourists.
Relic Sites in Trang An Landscape Complex
Trang An is also the land of spirituality and the home of several historic pagodas and temples. The ancient temples and pagodas rest solemnly upon the karst tower’s top or on one of its side, hiding among dark green woods. This is the reason why Trang An landscape complex is most crowded in the first month of the Lunar year when domestic tourists often visit the pagoda to pray for a new year full of fortune. Especially, Bai Dinh pagoda with long-established history and unique architecture will definitely fire your imagination.
Tribal Village in Kong – Skull Island Movie
In April 2017, the Management Board of Trang An has opened the door for visitors to visit the movie set of Kong: Skull Island. In particular, a tribal village in the movie was reconstructed prototype, just like in the movie, which definitely makes a surprise for every visitors in the Kong Skull Island Tours. The reconstructed Kong: Skull Island’s film setting is located in the Trang An – Ninh Binh ecological tourist sites, which is also the most interesting place in Ninh Binh. The tribal village consists of about 40 huts made of bamboo which are built alternately on both sides, and in the middle is the stone road. Another special thing is that many locals dress up like the aborigines in the movie, from faces to dresses, and sit in huts that make visitors feel like they are living in the movie.
Hanoi Trang An Boat Tour
Hanoi Trang An Boat Tour & Hoa Lu Ancient Capital only in one Day Adventure Tour daily departure from Hanoi. It takes you to an area of outstanding natural beauty with limestone peaks and the centuries-old capital of Vietnam. From Hanoi, a leisure boat trip passing towering limestone karsts covered by lush plants along Trang An River will definitely make your tour to Trang An and Hoa Lu a truly memorable experience. Hotel in Hanoi pick-up and drop-off !
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