TRANG AN Scenic Landscape Complex – Ninh Binh

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Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh.


InformationWhat to do and see | How to get there | When to visit | Summary | Photos


Trang An Landscape Complex – a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks.

    • Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is an fascinating area of spectacular landscapes and limestone karst peaks, one of Ninh Binh’s most visited tourist spots, about 100 km south of Hanoi. Its main central area is located in the so-called Trang An Ecotourism Complex, where you can enjoy some boat tours in the amazing karst sceneries.
    • Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex has a total of 3 areas (Hoa Lu, Gia Vien and Nho Quan Districts), some of which are a few kilometers away – Trang An Landscape Complex, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and Tam Coc – Bich Dong scenic area. All three of these areas offer several interesting historical monuments, pagodas, caves, temples and and archaeological treasures.
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The boat wharf at Trang An Ecotourism Site in Ninh Binh.


Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is written in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

    • Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex covers an area of about 7,000 ha and Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam, was strategically established right here in the 10th and 11th centuries AD. Hoa Lu Ancient City is about 4 km north and Tam Coc is about 7 km south of Trang An Ecotourism Site (boat wharf).
    • Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is the 8th UNESCO – recognized World Heritage Site in Vietnam, on June 23rd 2014 was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for its cultural, historical and geological heritage. At the boat wharf of Trang An Ecotourism Site, you can also see a number of preserved and discovered archaeological exhibits, hundreds and thousands of years old.
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Exhibits at the boat wharf in Trang An Ecotourism Site.


What you can do and see in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh?

    • At Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, you have a variety of options what to do and see. The entire area offers a number of historical monuments and beautiful nature sceneries, and one of the most popular tourist activities are the boat tours in the scenic areas of Trang An Ecotourism Site and Tam Coc scenic area.
    • Boat trips at Trang An Ecotorusim Site take about 2-2.5 hours, right here you can see the most beautiful sceneries, caves and smaller temples and pagodas. In Trang An you can choose from 3 boat routes in total, it can not be excluded that these routes will change in the future. Other popular activities in the area include cycling trips and explorations and trips to historic sites (Hoa Lu, Bai Dinh Temple…).

1. Boat toursTrang An Ecotourism Site, Tam Coc scenic area
2. Cyclingthe whole area around Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex
3. Exploring and trips to the historic sites(Hoa Lu, Bai Dinh Temple, Bich Dong Pagoda…)

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Map of boat routes in Trang An Ecotourism Site.


The best way how to get to Trang An Complex is to travel by motorbike/bicycle.

    • How to get to Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex? Trang An Complex is about 100 km from Hanoi and only about 10 km from the Ninh Binh Railway Station. Travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh is very easy (by bus or train), you can book your bus or train tickets online.
    • The entire neighborhood of Ninh Binh lies in the lowland so it is easy to move there. The best way is to rent a motorbike or bicycle (in Ninh Binh or Tam Coc), it is a cheap way of transport  in this area. You can also take a taxi or mototaxi (Xe Om) from Ninh Binh to Trang An Ecotourism Site.

1. Travel by motorbike or bicycle in Ninh Binh (the best, cheap option)
2. Travel with a tourist agency from Hanoi
3. Travel by taxi or mototaxi from Ninh Binh to Trang An

Book your train or bus tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh / Scheduleicon-angle-double-down

(You can change your departure and arrival, eg. Hanoi > Trang An Wharf, Hanoi to Tam Coc…)

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In Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex you will see various caves.


What is the best time to visit Trang An Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh?

    • You can visit the Trang An Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh throughout the year. The most beautiful pictures/views are in the summer or in the period before rice harvesting in the area of Ninh Binh. Rice harvest season in this area is from September – October, these months are very good for visiting this area and area is colorful. Winter time can be cold and also rainy, so prepare some light warm clothes. Below there is a current weather in Trang An Landscape Complex.

Opening time of Trang An Ecotourism Site (boat tours) – Monday – Sunday – 7 am – 16 pm.
Saturday + Sunday – the most visited days. I recommend to visit this place in the early morning.

1. Skip the misty, foggy, rainy weather
2. September > October –
rice harvest season in this area

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The limestone peaks in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex are fascinating.


What about accommodation in Trang An Ecotourism Site? Where to stay?

    • Ninh Binh and its Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex offers many accommodation options. You can use there various hotels, resorts, guesthouses, hostels, bungalows. Some of the accommodation facilities you can also find near the Trang An Ecotourism Site, but also in Tam Coc. The advantage is that you stay within the reach of the most beautiful sceneries and boat tours. Choose from these accommodation options near the Trang An Ecotourism Site:

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▶️  Trang An Farm Stay
▶️  Hoalu Eco Homestay ★★
▶️  Buffalo Eco Garden ★★★
▶️  Ham Rong Homestay ★★
▶️  Trang An River View Homestay ★★
▶️  Trang An Eco Homestay ★★★
▶️  Trang An Retreat
▶️  Green Mountain Homestay ★

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Thanh Cao Son Temple in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex.


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How to travel from Hanoi to Ninh Binh / Trang An?

    • Book your bus/train e-tickets from Hanoi to Ninh Binh on Baolau or 12go.asia.
    • From Hanoi to Ninh Binh you can travel by bus or train. It takes about 2-3 hours by bus or train and bus/train tickets are cheap. You can book also bus/van from Hanoi to Trang An Wharf on Baolau.

Where is the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex?

    • Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is about 100 km south of Hanoi and about 10 km west of Ninh Binh Railway Station in Ninh Binh. Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex consists a total of 3 areas – Trang An Landscape Complex, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Tam Coc – Bich Dong scenic area.

Where is the Trang An Ecotourism Site (boat tours)?

    • Trang An Ecotourism Site (boat tours) is in the center of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, about 4 km south of Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and about 7 km north of Tam Coc scenic area.

Tam Coc or Trang An? Which boat tour/ride to choose?

    • It can be said, these areas are quite similar, boat trips and karst/limestone sceneries. But in my opinion Trang An Ecotourism Site is better and nicer, it offers a little more and this place is better organized for tourists, unfortunetely there are some tourist scams in Tam Coc. If you decide between these two places try Trang An Ecotourism Site.

How to get from Ninh Binh town to Trang An Ecotourism Site?

    • The best way is to rent a motorbike or bicycle in Ninh Binh or Tam Coc. You can also take a taxi/mototaxi from Ninh Binh to Trang An Ecotourism Site or Tam Coc.

How large is Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex?

    • Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex covers an area of about 7,000 ha, some sources report up to 10,000 ha.

What to see in Trang An Ecotourism Site (on the boat tour)?

    • Trang An Ecotourism Site has lots of interesting places, eg.: Khong Temple, Thanh Cao Son Temple, Trinh Temple, Tan Temple, Suoi Tien Temple, Vu Lam Royal Step, Dia Linh Mountain, Kong Skull Island film set and also plenty of caves.

When is the best time to visit Trang An Landscape Complex?

    • Theoretically, you can visit the Trang An Landscape Complex throughout the year. The best time to visit Trang An Landscape Complex is in the summer-autumn months. In September – October there is a harvest rice season in this area.

What is the opening time of the Trang An Ecotourism Site?

    • The opening time of the Trang An Ecotourism Site (boat tours) is Monday – Sunday – 7 am – 16 pm. In my opinion the best time to visit is in the early morning. Weekend days in Trang An Ecotourism Site can be very overcrowded.

Is it possible to accommodate at the Trang An Ecotourism Site?

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Trang An Retreat in Ninh Binh (photo: Agoda).
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Ham Rong Homestay in Ninh Binh (photo: Agoda).


What is the price of ticket to Trang An Ecotourism Site (boat tour)?

    • Price of the ticket to Trang An Ecotourism Site (boat tour) is about 10 USD/pp (200 000 – 250 000 VND).

How long does the boat tour takes in Trang An Ecotourism Site?

    • The boat tour in Trang An Ecotourism Site takes about 2-2,5 hours, depends on the route which you choose. During the boat trip you have about 10-20 minutes stop to visit some temples.

Is there a parking lot for motorbikes at the Trang An Ecotourism Site?

    • Yes, sure, there is a parking lot for motorbikes, buses, cars right at the entrance to the boat wharf of Trang An, parking ticket costs about 10 000 VND (0,5 Usd).

Is it possible to buy some food at the Trang An boat wharf?

    • Yes, at the boat wharf of Trang An Ecotourism Site is possible to buy food. There is a big restaurant.

Trang An Scenic Complex (Tràng An) – Information:

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Map of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh.

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Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh – Photosicon-angle-double-down

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Singing for tourists on boats in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex.
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Tourists on boats in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex.
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Watch your head in the caves in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex.
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The direction of the Kong Skull Island in Trang An Landscape Complex. (Update: Kong Skull Island movie set was removed)
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You will surely see dozens of boats with tourists in Trang An Landscape Complex.
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The kasrst sceneries in Trang An Landscape Complex are large.
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In Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex you will see some small temples.
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Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is visited mainly by tourists from Asia.
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Caves in Trang An Complex are enlightened, but whatch your head.
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Suoi Tien Temple in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex.
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Props from the Kong Skull Island movie in Trang An Landscape Complex. (Update: Kong Skull Island movie set was removed)
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Tourists at the Kong Skull Island film set in Trang An Landscape Complex. (Update: Kong Skull Island movie set was removed)
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Props from the Kong Skull Island movie set in Trang An Landscape Complex. (Update: Kong Skull Island movie set was removed)
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Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex in Ninh Binh.
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Mua Caves and Lying Dragon Mountain in Trang An Landscape Complex.
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Tam Coc is also a part of the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex.

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