Recognized as a natural and cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 2014 thanks to its natural and cultural values, Trang An is a new travel route that has recently operated and opened to travellers attracting a large number of travelers year after year. Even though Trang An has no rice fields and authentic farming activities, there are reasons to love Trang An. Visit Trang An with Indochina travel Vietnam
What makes a boat trip in Trang An ecotourism complex different?
It takes more time to go on a Trang An boat tour than Tam Coc one. The boat trip in Trang An takes around 2-2.5 hours going along spectacular limestone mountains without such repetition like boat trip in Tam Coc (you will go by one way and get back on the same route). Taking you around and through 9-11 caves like a circle, the boat will then take you back to the main harbor.
In Trang An, there are more caves to visit. This boat tour is full of exploration to many tunnel caves: 9-11 caves of diverse sizes and impressive mysterious beauty. During the boat journey, you will view the mixture of caves such as: short caves, long ones, dark ones and lighted caves with much of impression and surprise. Tours in Vietnam
Moreover, unlike boat tour in Tam Coc (you just seat on the boat viewing scenery and three caves), Trang An boat trip gives you several stops in certain temples (Duc Ong Temple and Trinh Temple) or going trekking up area for a gorgeous panoramic view of the region. Your trip will certainly become more interesting with natural and cultural exploration alike. You will definitely get to learn more about the history of Vietnam, about Ninh Binh, which was chosen as the capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century.
Not only the rice field view because of its protected area, but also the river where you start your Trang An boat tour is quite clean and clear making it possible for tourists to have such nice view of aquatic plants growing and living in the river bed. In a longer rowing boat trip, it can get more majestic mountain views. What a gorgeous view of mountains and rivers!
In Trang An complex, you can expect more professional service. As a private company operates Trang An, they care much about the boat service as well as its environment. All the rowers in Trang An work for this company and every month, they get paid. It is clear that they have to follow the company’s rules and bring the clients the best services. All of the workers work hard to meet the satisfaction of customers so at the end of the trip, most of customers are happy to thank them with tips. Even though it is not compulsory, it is such a nice complement to encourage them to work harder. Unlike Tam Coc, where the boat rowers may ask you for tiping, tiping, tiping at the end of the boat tour, in Trang An complex, travelers will feel relaxed with their service without any tipping suggestion at the end of service.
Since both Trang An and Tam Coc are favorite tourist attractions — Trang An in particular, though more preferable by Vietnamese visitors, don’t expect to get the river to yourself. However, it is not too overwhelming if you avoid weekends and Vietnamese holiday periods.
At both Tam Coc and Trang An complex, prices are fixed but different: at Tam Coc, you have to pay 80,000VND (~$3.5 USD) per adult and 100,000VND (~$4.4 USD) for the boat with the maximum capacity of two foreigners per boat, meanwhile each person will have to pay 150,000VND ($6.5USD) at Trang An with no apparent maximum, other than the amount of the seats. If you decide to rent from one of the other operations, use these prices as benchmarks.
How to get there
Go straight ahead, up to the main road (Le Dai Hanh Street), turn left and follow it to the main four way intersection in order to get to Tam Coc from the railway station at Ninh Binh. Take a right and then turn left so you are following the river with the canal on your right side and keep on going along the main road for approximately 4km until you can see and turn right turn down a wide road with large stone pillars on either side. Keep on going along this road for another 4kms, you will then come to the point where the boats leave at Tam Coc.
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