A secret lagoon at Trang An, Ninh Binh
A secret lagoon at Trang An, Ninh Binh

Trang An Guide, Ninh Binh

Originally, Trang An was the name of the city at Hoa Lu after the capital of Dai Viet Kingdom (Vietnam then) was moved to Hanoi in 1010 C.E.

In 2000, the amazing landscape of over 2,000 hectares close to the Dinh and Le Temples at Hoa Lu, which had been well hidden before, was started being explored and researched. They found that the scenic area is home to a rich ecosystem, preserves great geological, archaeological information and historical information. The area was quickly turned into a tourist spot and the name Trang An has been used to refer to this site since then. In 2014, Trang An was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

 The scenic landscape of Trang An
The scenic landscape of Trang An with rivers, valleys, mountains and dense forests...

The Trang An Complex stretches over the areas of Hoa Lu, Gia Vien, Nho Quan, Ninh Binh City, Tam Diep. The complex includes a system of primeval forest, karst mountains, wetland, flooded fields, limestone caves…

The rivers include the Ngo Dong River, Tien, Voc, Sao Khe, Den Voi, Ben Dang. The caves include system of caves at Trang An, Tam Coc Three Caves, Thuy Cung, Vac,… The systems of chained limestone mountains are found at Tam Coc, Thung Nang, Bich Dong, Thung Nham Bird Park,...The historical, archaeological and cultural sites include Hoa Lu Palace, Thai Vi Temple, Bich Dong Pagoda, Dinh – Le Temples,.. The complex of Trang An is divided into different areas:
- Old Hoa Lu Capital, 7km from Ninh Binh City;
- Tam Coc – Bich Dong, 7km from Ninh Binh City;
- Thung Nang, 1km from Tam Coc;
- Trang An Ecological Zone, 2km from Tam Coc;
- The forest for special purposes at Hoa Lu;

Rowing boat at Trang An
You can visit Trang An by taking a 3-hour rowing boat trip

 A complete visit to the Old Hoa Lu Capital takes 1-2 hours which include visiting the Dinh Temple, Le Temple and a hike to the top of the Ma Yen Mountain for panoramic views of the surrounding. A rowing boat trip at Tam Coc takes 2 hours and a rowing boat trip at Trang An Scenic Landscape takes 3 hours. While Trang An boat trip offers a landscape of mountains, forests, rivers, temples, underwater caves that at Tam Coc offers rice fields, rivers, mountains, underwater caves. Thung Nang may be not that beautiful as the other two sites but it has the wild landscape of mountains, moors, deserted flooded fields, rivers...

A Buddhist pagoda at Trang An
The boat trip is on a river which travels through towering karst mountains, valleys and dense forests. There are ancient pagodas and temples can be visited on the trip.

 

 

Rowing toward a cave at Trang An
There are many under water caves at Trang An that you'll have to pass through on the boat trip

 AdventureGreen offers day trips, 2-day tours to Trang An from Hanoi. We also arrange 2-3 day bicycle tours for families with kids. The adventure tours include visits to Trang An and Cuc Phuong National Park.

 

Inside a dark cave at Trang An
Some caves are long, dark inside and with low ceiling

 

 

Emerald water at Trang An
The water at Trang An is crystal clear sometimes and with emerald color sometimes

 

 

View from a cave at Trang An
Sometimes, you can have spectacular view from inside a cave