Situated on the southern shore of the Red River delta, Trang An is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Exploration of some of the highest altitude caves that are dotted across the landscape has revealed archaeological traces of human activity dating back almost 30 000 years. They illustrate the occupation of these mountains by hunter-gatherers and how they adapted to climatic and environmental changes. The property also includes Hoa Lu, the old capital of Viet Nam in the 10th and 11th centuries, as well as temples, pagodas, paddy-field landscapes, with villages and sacred sites.
The Trang An dock is located 3 km from the Hoa Lu Old Citadel, 7 km from Ninh Binh City, and 96 km from Hanoi.
For a long time, Trang An has been a perfect retreat for families and friends who want to escape the city life.
The fare is 150,000 VND per person. Regulation only allows four to five people per boat. The fare is free for children have the height less than 1 m.
The journey will go through 12 caves and 3 temples. The checkpoints are: The Dock, Trinh Temple, Dia Linh Cave, Dark Cave, Tran Temple Cave, Tran Temple, Si Cave, Sinh Cave, Tinh Cave, Three Drops Cave, Nau Ruou Cave, Khong Temple, Khong Temple Cave, Tran cave, Quy Hau Cave.
In Trang An, the lakes create many shortcuts link to other lakes so there is no need to turn back. The landscape is like a giant water spider web, and if you don’t know your way out, you will get lost.
Khong Temple is a famous spiritual destination on the journey because this is where the locals worship the Seven Righteous Dukes during the Dinh Dynasty. The temple also has The Thousand Years Gold Apple tree, which apples perfume the area every season.
Blended with the magnificent beauty of the landscape are the cultural, historical, and geographical sites and artifacts. The Trang An landscape complex has been recognized by the government as national relics. Most importantly, the UNESCO also recognized the relics as the World Heritage since 2014.