Trang An In Ninh Binh (Trang An Landscape Complex) is known as one of the famous ecotourism destinations located in Ninh Binh province, Vietnam. The beauty of this place is a combination of majestic rocky cliffs, poetic rivers, along with clouds and sunlight shining through the green trees, creating a rare beauty of mountain. Besides, one point that attracts many tourists to this place is that it has many caves that are not only majestic but also extremely mysterious. An interesting thing is that thanks to this unique cave system, King Dinh Tien Hoang decided to establish a capital to fight against foreign invaders.

Not only stopping at beauty, Trang An Landscape Complex is also a place to preserve many cultural beauties, historical relics and archaeological relics of Hoa Lu. With all its quintessential values, Trang An has been included in the list of especially important national monuments, and in 2014 it was recognized by UNESCO as a dual world heritage site about nature and culture.

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Trang An In Ninh Binh

If you are a nature lover, want to learn about the golden periods of Vietnamese history and experience unique cultural features, this is definitely a place not to be missed on your journey to conquer nature in this S-shaped country. This article will have all the necessary information to help you have a memorable experience at Trang An relic site.

Things to See & Do in Trang An Landscape Complex – the World Cultural and Natural Heritage

1. Where is Trang An Landscape Complex?

Trang An Landscape Complex is located in Ninh Xuan Commune, Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province, which is  in Northern Vietnam. This complex is 7 km from Ninh Binh city center and more than 90 km from Hanoi city. This location includes many forests, mountains, rivers, lakes, lagoons and large rice fields with an estimated area of more than 6,200 hectares.

This will be a place for you to immerse yourself in nature and experience Vietnam’s mountains and forests in the most authentic way

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Trang An Landscape Complex

2. Trang An Ninh Binh Ticket price

To explore Trang An Landscape Complex, spending money is necessary because this place not only has heart-touching beautiful landscapes but is also a place that preserves many traditional cultural and historical features of Vietnamese people. The tour fee will contribute to the construction and preservation of ancient ruins. The cost for valuable travel experiences is never too expensive when visiting the many scenic spots of Vietnam in general and Trang An in Ninh Binh in particular.

Below is the Trang An in Ninh Binh ticket price you can refer to (the above ticket price includes boat fees and sightseeing fees)

Adults: 250,000 VND/ticket

Children under 1m4: 120,000 VND/ticket

Children under 1m: free

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Trang An in Ninh Binh Vietnam

3. Best time to visit Trang An in Ninh Binh

Almost every tourist attraction at each time has its own unique beauty and characteristics. Trang An is a typical example. When visiting Trang An in the spring, the weather will be extremely cool and pleasant. At this time, Trang An will immerse themselves in the cheerful and exciting atmosphere of the festivals that often take place during the Lunar New Year of Vietnamese people. If you are a festival enthusiast, this will definitely be the best time to visit Trang An in Ninh Binh.

In the summer, although the weather is hotter than spring, it is the time of ripe rice season in the Hoa Lu area, creating a very beautiful landscape. The combination of mountains, rivers and golden rice fields will definitely not disappoint you.

In the fall, the weather is cool, and it is also the time when the lotus blooms among the ponds and lakes, creating an extremely poetic natural scene. A special photography experience with ao dai, a traditional Vietnamese costume, will help you save tender moments full of Vietnamese cultural identity. Winter is the last season of the year when the weather will be colder, however this is also the time you can visit Trang An if you want to enjoy and see the beauty of the mountains under the white fog.

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Best time to visit Trang An in Ninh Binh

Each season, the beauty of Trang An in Ninh Binh will have certain changes but it is guaranteed to bring you wonderful experiences, even you cannot find elsewhere. Depending on the weather and activities you want to experience, choose the best time to visit Trang An in Ninh Binh.

4. Things to See in Trang An Complex Ninh Binh

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is a place recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural and natural heritage thanks to sustainable tourism development while still protecting the ecological environment and preserving many monuments and relics that bring their own historical values of Vietnam. Below are some places we recommend you visit once when you travel to Trang An in Ninh Binh

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Mua Cave in Ninh Binh

4.1 Natural Heritage – The First Mixed Heritage Site in Vietnam

It is not an exaggeration to say that the landscape here is truly favored by mother nature when surrounded by majestic mountains and rivers combined with fragrant golden rice fields and valleys stretching as far as the eye can see.

Considered a natural heritage – the first mixed heritage site in Vietnam.Trang An eco-tourism area is considered a beautiful limestone tower landscape with a majestic limestone mountain system surrounding the natural landscape with many types of lagoons and caves, especially the Hoa Lu ecosystem covered with grass and vegetation, creating a green spot on the world map. The most prominent are cave relics associated with the history and cultural development of dynasties such as Diep Khuc cave, Toi cave, Sang cave, Nau Ruot cave, Trong cave,…

Natural relics in Trang An complex Ninh Binh are truly an extremely attractive destination because this place always has a large number of tourists visiting every year. If you want to have experiences close to nature, this place will definitely not disappoint you

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Trang An complex Ninh Binh

Natural relics in Trang An scenic landscape complex are truly an extremely attractive destination because this place always has a large number of tourists visiting every year. If you want to have close nature experiences, this place will definitely not disappoint you

4.2 Cultural Heritage – The Vibrant Colors of the Ancient Citadel’s Heritage

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex has outstanding cultural value as many archaeological evidences have been preserved to this day, mainly snail shells, seashells, animal bones, pottery, human remains,… shows the life that was formed a long time ago on the S-shaped land. In addition, this place also preserves many good traditions and festivals. One of the places that must be mentioned is Hoa Lu which is a warehouse preserving cultural heritage – the vibrant colors of the ancient citadel’s heritage with many relics and architectural works such as temples, pagodas, palaces bearing bold The quality of previous dynasties also contributed to creating a diverse culture and rich national identity

Thanks to its cultural values, Trang An scenic area is increasingly visited by many tourists. Visiting Trang An tourism will give visitors the feeling of being immersed in old life

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Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

4.3 Historical Destination – The First Ancient Capital of Vietnam

Not only does it have natural beauty, Trang An Ninh Binh Complex is also home to many historical relics and relics. Besides, it is also considered an ideal historical attraction for those who have a passion for the history of formation and development of the Vietnamese people in Trang An Ninh Binh. Typically, Hoa Lu is one of the typical historical destination – the first ancient capital of Vietnam. This is considered a place to preserve many historical relics and relics of previous eras with temples worshiping kings, caves and other relics.

This will be an ideal place to visit and learn about history that tourists should not miss. Come here to learn together about the life of previous periods – the golden age of Vietnam

King Dinh Temple
King Dinh Temple

4.4 Temples – A spiritual journey through the Tranquility Scene

Coming to Trang An in Ninh Binh, visitors cannot miss the spiritual tourist destinations because it is a cultural feature of the people in this place. The Temple – A spiritual journey through the Tranquil Landscape are places that you must definitely visit when visiting Trang An in Ninh Binh. The temples in Trang An were all built on a very grand and solemn scale. These temples were built for the purpose of worshiping kings, heroes who contributed to the country or gods who protected this sacred land. Below are some temples you can refer to and visit:

  • Trinh Temple
  • Tran Temple
  • Cao Son Temple

With majestic landscapes associated with mythological stories, the temples in Trang An are truly a spiritual tourist destination worth visiting.

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The temples in Trang An Complex

4.5 Hanh Cung Vu Lam (Vu Lam Citadel) – Marked by the Legacy of the Tran Dynasty

Hanh Cung Vu Lam Palace (Vu Lam Citadel) – Marked by the legacy of the Tran Dynasty because this was the place chosen by the Tran Dynasty as a military base thanks to its location on the surrounding mountainous terrain. In previous eras, it was applied in politics and military, but now Hanh Cung Vu Lam has become a place to preserve much ancient culture and history. Outstanding with many historical relics with unique architecture such as Cua Quan, Cong Rong, Hanh Cung,… In addition, this is also known as an extremely massive pagoda system with about more than 24 ancient pagodas such as Hai Nham Pagoda, Bich Dong Pagoda,… Moreover, this place also preserves many ancient houses with royal architecture that still exist today. Finally, you can admire and learn about ancient relics of the Tran Dynasty.

Like other places in Trang An in Ninh Binh , Hanh Cung  Vu Lam has a unique and distinct beauty. This is what makes more and more tourists choose this place to visit

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Hanh Cung Vu Lam Palace

4.6 Trang An Festival – The Unique Cultural Features of an Ancient Citadel

Trang An Festival – The Unique Cultural Features of an Ancient Citadel. People living in the Trang An scenic complex greatly worship nature and spiritual elements, so the Trang An festival is held with the purpose of honoring the gods, kings, and generals who have contributed to building and protecting Trang An full of vitality and development until today.

Trang An Festival is a series of cultural and religious activities worshiping mountain gods combined with tourism held on the 18th day of the third lunar month every year. The festival will last about 3 days with the opening ceremony being a performance recreating the lifestyle and daily activities of previous generations in the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Next, visitors will see other performances in the central area. The unique feature of this festival is that visitors will be able to witness the water procession, palanquin and dragon procession on the river with bright colors and bustling atmosphere. As for the festival, you will admire the unique musical performances such as “Cong Chieng” dancing, “Cheo” singing, “Sam” singing,…

In addition, you will also have the opportunity to participate in interesting folk games organized on both sides of the river.

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Trang An Festival

Trang An Festival is an extremely unique festival that you should experience once when coming to Trang An in Ninh Binh. Not only does it give you the opportunity to see the beautiful nature of Trang An, but you can also learn more about the customs and culture of people living in Trang An scenic area in particular and Vietnamese people in general.

5. Things to Do in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

5.1 Take a Boat in Trang An – Get lost in the Picturesque Landscape

The outstanding terrain with the vast and deep blue river is a good condition for visitors to take a boat  in Trang An to get lost in the picturesque landscape. Boating to sightsee in Trang An is an activity favored by many tourists, both domestic and international because the experience of floating on scenic boats gives visitors new and stimulating experiences.. When sitting on the boat, you can see the limestone mountains more realistically or touch the cool water of the river with your hands and enjoy the cool and fresh air of nature. In addition, you also have the opportunity to visit  mysterious caves and  listen to the gurgling sound of water flowing in the cave will definitely bring you an extremely surprising experience.

Moreover, you can also visit ancient temples or historical relics such as Trinh Temple, Bao Hieu Pagoda, Vu Lam Hanh Cung,… With just over 1 hour on the boat, visitors will be able to see with their own eyes. The majestic and magnificent beauty of Trang An complex Ninh Binh. One thing to note is that you should bring a camera to save these wonderful moments. In addition, after buying a ticket, you can choose any boat to sit on. Especially in each season, you can see the beauty of Trang An in a different way, but it is guaranteed that they are all very beautiful, it can be said that they are so beautiful that it touches people’s hearts, so you don’t need to worry too much about the time to visit.

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Take a Boat in Trang An

The boating experience in Ninh Binh brings you realistic, intimate footage of natural landscapes. You will feel like you are lost in a magical fairyland when you can admire the folk fairy scene at such a close distance.

5.2 Kayaking in Trang An Landscape Complex – Paddle Through Serenity

Kayaking in Trang An Landscape Complex – Paddle Through Serenity Kayaking will certainly be an exciting activity on the journey to conquer the scenic beauty of Trang An. Kayaking may not be new to sports enthusiasts or those who have visited Trang An, but we still want to briefly introduce this type of kayak. This kayak is small and light and can carry 1-2 people.

For this activity, you will be equipped with protective gear and will be guided by the technical team before rowing. There will be 2 routes, depending on the place you want to visit, choose route 1 or route 2. This is really a challenge for those who are rowing for the first time, even for those who have rowed before. 2 times, but with enthusiastic staff and state-of-the-art equipment, your trip will be guaranteed to be nice and smooth. Because it is a sporting and dangerous activity, we will suggest a few things to consider before participating in this activity:

Kayaking in Trang An Landscape Complex
Kayaking in Trang An Landscape Complex
  • Make sure to have good physical strength
  • Always wear protective gear
  • Do not throw trash on the boat or in the river
  • Make sure to follow the route, do not enter restricted areas
  • Dress politely because you may visit places such as temples, monuments, etc.
  • Participants must not be under 16 years old

In addition, you can also refer to the kayak ticket prices below:

Single 2-hour ticket: 250,000 VND/boat

Couple 2-hour ticket: 350,000 VND/boat

Enjoying the beautiful natural beauty of Trang An in Ninh Binh to conquer this majestic natural landscape by yourself or with your loved ones, kayaking is guaranteed to bring you truly meaningful and surprising moments

Kayak in Trang An
Kayaking in Trang An

5.3 Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda – The Pagoda Complex Holds Multiple Records in Asia

If you are looking for a quiet place for your soul to be gentle and relaxed after the pressures and chaos of life, Bai Dinh Pagoda will be an extremely reasonable choice. Bai Dinh Pagoda – The pagoda complex holds multiple records in  Asia which is considered a sacred pagoda and has extremely unique architecture located towering on the mountainside. The pagoda complex was built more than 1,000 years ago. Although there are new pagoda areas that have undergone many natural disasters and wars, they have been newly built without losing the traditional beauty of the pagoda.

When you come to the temple, you will enjoy the extremely pleasant and cool atmosphere with many Bodhi trees planted in the temple grounds. In addition, one of the attractions that attracts many tourists to this temple is that it is the place that holds the most Asian records for Buddhism. Among them is the tallest and heaviest Shakyamuni Buddha statue in Asia with extremely skillful and delicate carvings. In addition, you can also visit caves such as the dark cave and the light cave to see the Buddha statues placed inside. Some other places in the Bai Dinh pagoda complex that you should also visit include Ngoc Well, Cao Son temple,… Because it is a spiritual and solemn place, a small note is that you should dress politely to suit the visiting location.

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Bai Dinh Pagoda in Ninh Binh

Traveling to Bai Dinh Pagoda gives you deeper experiences and knowledge about Buddhism. This is really a place you should visit once if you have the opportunity to visit Trang An in Ninh Binh

5.4 Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – First capital in Vietnam

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – will be one of the great places for you to explore the history and culture of Vietnamese people. Maybe you don’t know that Hoa Lu was the first capital of the Dai Co Viet state – the name of the old state of Vietnam today, so this place preserves many historical relics of the dynasties that passed. With a large area of more than 300 hectares surrounded by overlapping mountain ranges, the ancient capital of Hoa Lu has preserved for itself many famous architectural works with many ancient temples with unique architecture as unique as the temple of King Le Dai Hanh and the temple of King Dinh Tien Hoang. In addition, this place also has sacred places such as Tran Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu Tu Tan temple that attract a large number of tourists to visit. Furthermore, there are also many extremely impressive caves you can visit.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is a place that anyone visiting Trang An in Ninh Binh wants to visit once to be able to feel the historical and cultural values of a bygone golden age of the nation Vietnam.

5.5 Tam Coc – Bich Dong: Ha Long Bay on land

As part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, Tam Coc – Bich Dong brings with it the harmonious beauty of the countryside-style fields along with the majestic limestone mountain complex creating a peaceful and poetic village scene. Tam Coc is known as a complex of 3 natural caves including Ca cave, Hai cave and Ba cave. All three caves are located adjacent to each other but have different widths and lengths. Next to Tam Coc will be Bich Dong Pagoda – this pagoda is located in the Tam Coc Bich Dong complex with rich history and unique ancient architecture. In addition, you can also visit other relics such as Thien Huong cave, Co Vien Lau, Thai Vi temple,… guaranteed to bring you impressive discovery experiences.

Tam Coc – Bich Dong
Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Tam Coc – Bich Dong complex is truly an ideal destination for those who love peaceful nature. Immersing yourself in the beauty of mountains, white clouds, and golden rice will make you amazed

6. How to get from hanoi to Trang An Ninh Binh

If you have the opportunity to visit the capital Hanoi, do not hesitate to visit Trang An Landscape Complex, which is guaranteed to bring you extremely unique and interesting experiences. Do not worry about how to get from Hanoi to Trang An in Ninh Binh because it is really easy. Below are the following options.

First, you can choose a private car with speaking english Driver because it is very convenient for your journey to visit Ninh Binh because you can save a lot of travel time. Motorbikes are also a great choice in the journey to see the natural scenery in the closest way. Another option that you can consider is to join the Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi with an energetic and knowledgeable tour guide that will help you have a memorable trip in Ninh Binh.

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Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi

7. Trang An in Ninh Binh is a charming and

Trang An in Ninh Binh is a charming and wonderful tourist destination with imposing mountain scenery and a huge culture.The first attraction when tourists arrive in Trang An will certainly be the charming beauty of majestic mountains, golden rice fields and stretching valleys. All of these scenes paint a colorful and poetic picture of nature. Not only stopping at appearance, exploring deep inside you can also see many more wonderful things of Trang An in Ninh Binh. One of them is the ancient relicsof the feudal dynasties of the Vietnamese people. In addition, this is also a place where many cultural features and traditional festivals are waiting for you to explore.

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Experience traveling to Trang An in Ninh Binh

Trang An Scenic Complex is truly an ideal destination for those who both love to explore wild nature and are passionate about learning about the history of this place. Experience traveling to Trang An in Ninh Binh not only gives you moments of admiring the majestic mountain nature but also creates opportunities for you to immerse yourself in spiritual tourist destinations and participate in traditional festivals to help you temporarily put aside the hard times of studying and working. What are you waiting for? Schedule a trip to explore the scenic beauty of Trang An in Ninh Binh right away.