Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex


Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex” is a UNESCO-recognized in Ninh Binh, Vietnam, that includes global cultural and natural heritages. If you are impressed with Ha Long Bay, you will surely be impressed with the beauty of the Trang An Landscape Complex. Since 2014, UNESCO and the Vietnamese government have designated this site as a dual world heritage site. The Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex includes nature and culture and is the first place to achieve this title.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

If you want a tour to explore Ninh Biet Vietnam, you can consider our Ninh Binh Tours such as Ninh Binh 2 Days Tour or Ninh Binh Tour From Hanoi. We also have the tour to discover the three most beautiful tourist areas, Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Mua Cave Tour. Besides, you can book our Cuc Phuong National Park Tour.

General Information About Trang An Landscape Complex

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex Boundary

This landscape complex is located on the border between Hoa Lu district and Gia Vien, Nho Quan, Tam Diep city, and Ninh Binh city. Trang An’s core includes 12 communes: Truong Yen, Ninh Hai, Ninh Hoa, Ninh Xuan, Ninh Van, Ninh Thang, etc. The Trang An buffer zone has 20 communes: the 12 above and eight: Ninh Giang, Ninh My, Ninh An, Gia Trung, Gia Tien, Quynh Luu, Tan Binh, and Ninh Phong.

According to the Trang An Landscape Complex Map, the core area of Trang An belongs entirely to a commune. So, according to the planning of Ninh Binh City, the future of Trang An scenic spot will belong to this city.

The Trang An core area covers an area of more than 6,172 hectares, mainly in the two communes of Truong Yen and Ninh Hai (Hoa Lu district), which is a specially protected area of the landscape. This special protection area is included in the planning of the Trang An tourist area, with 12,252 hectares. This region is divided into the following parts:

  • Hoa Lu, the ancient capital, has a center of 314 ha.
  • Tam Coc-Bich Dong Landscape Area: 350 ha.
  • Trang An ecological area: 2,133 ha.
  • Hoa Lu special-use forest: 3,375 ha

Location Of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

Trang An eco-tourism area with a visitor center is located in Ninh Xuan commune, 3 km south of Hoa Lu, the ancient capital; 7 km west of Ninh Binh city along Trang An avenue; Tam Diep city, 17 km in the north through Tam Coc; and 96 km from Hanoi in the south.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex Map
Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex Map

The distance from the center of Trang An’s population to Ninh Binh City is about 8 kilometers as the crow flies. The tourist areas of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex are located in its core area. This is to bring visitors deep into the center.

  • Tam Coc—Bich Dong tourist area, is 7 km from Ninh Binh City, 12 km from Tam Diep City, and 100 km from Hanoi to the south.
  • Thung Nham eco-tourism area is 10 km from Ninh Binh City, 8 km from Tam Diep City, and 103 km from Hanoi.
  • Hoa Lu Ancient Capital is located in Truong Yen commune, 11 km from Ninh Binh City and 94 km from Hanoi to the south.
  • The Bai Dinh Pagoda cultural and tourist area is located in Gia Sinh commune, 15 km from Ninh Binh City and 98 km from Hanoi to the south.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex World Natural Heritage

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is famous for being one of the places formed from karst and having the most beautiful karst landscape in the world. Overlaid with karst are vast green forests, natural valleys, an ecosystem with various species, and much more. All these things come together to make a picture of the natural world that is alive and charming.

Trang An Complex

A remarkable thing about Trang An is that its water volume changes with the seasons in the valleys and rivers. This creates many unique ecosystems and landscapes, depending on when you travel to Trang An. In addition, there are many beautiful caves here, such as Thien Ha Cave, Vai Gioi Cave, Tien Ca Cave, and Ba Co Cave. Famous tourist routes such as Trang An and Tam Coc—Bich Dong are created along mountains and rivers. Rivers flow through Tam Coc and Trang An, so you can choose the Trang An Boat Trip Tour to visit.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex World Cultural Heritage

Not only a World Natural Heritage but Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is also a World Cultural Heritage. Which is the first place in Vietnam to have this title. Trang An contains evidence showing human life and the changes and adaptations to changing geographical and environmental conditions according to the earth’s history.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex World Cultural Heritage

The extensive cultural history is inextricably interwoven with the late Pleistocene and Holocene geological development of the Trang An limestone massif. This is the only place that shows that humans have lived and developed to adapt to the changes in nature. Therefore, it is a place that provides many valuable materials for scientists to study human history.

Tourist areas in Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

Trang An Eco-tourism Area

Located in the core area of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, the Trang An eco-tourism area is 7 km from Ninh Binh city to the west along Trang An Boulevard. There are up to 31 lakes and lagoons connected by 48 caves that have been discovered, including two km-long trans-water caves. You can join Trang An Boat Tour to explore this vast cave system of this place.

Trang An Eco-tourism Area

Trong Cave and Boi Cave are two caves with many relics and vestiges of prehistoric people from 3,000–30,000 years ago of the Trang An Culture. The cluster of relics in the caves Mo, Stork Cave, Buffalo Cave, Hu Ngoai Cave, and Hu Trong Cave, Thung Binh Stone Roof, has Hoabinhian and Da But Culture imprints.

The Trang An area has two main types of ecosystems: the limestone ecosystem and the aquatic ecosystem. Biodiversity is a significant factor constituting these two ecosystems. The natural environment is full of different animals, mountains, forests, caves, and bodies of water that all get along. This makes for a beautiful and rare place in the world.

Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourist area

Tam Coc – Bich Dong is one of the early investment resorts in Vietnam because it has favorable conditions for tourism infrastructure development. It is also known by famous names such as “Ha Long Bay on Land,” a key tourist area in Vietnam. A network of limestone caves and historical sites in the area are connected to the Vu Lam palace of the Tran dynasty.

Tam Coc - Bich Dong Tourism Area
Tam Coc – Bich Dong

The Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourism region has several paths for visiting boats, cycling, and walking, linking around 20 tourist sites.

Cruise routes include Van Lam Wharf, the Ngo Dong River, Tam Coc, the trans-hydrodynamic route, and the Thach Bich route, which leads to the Sunshine Valley.

Walking, cycling, and climbing attractions include Bich Dong Mountain and Pagoda, Tien Cave, Mua Cave, Co Vien Lau’s ancient residence, and Thai Vi Temple’s Thien Huong Cave.

The historical site of the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu is where the state and the first capital of Vietnam were born after thousands of years of northern dominance. Today, Hoa Lu Ancient Capital has become a historical site for tourism and conservation purposes. There are 47 historical sites belonging to different dynasties, such as the Dinh, Le, and Ly dynasties.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital
Hoa Lu Ninh Binh

Among them, there are some outstanding works, such as King Dinh Tien Hoang Temple, King Dinh’s Tomb, King Le Dai Hanh Temple and Tomb, and King Ly Thai To Memorial Stele House. Every time you come here, you will feel the heroic atmosphere of the Vietnamese nation when standing in front of historical sites. If you are interested in Vietnamese history, this is the place you should go to learn more.

Mua Cave tourist area

Mua Cave, located in Khe Ha hamlet, Ninh Xuan commune, is an artificial tourist area with services such as mountain climbing, weekend getaways, and conferences. Besides the beautiful landscape, which is full of mountains, forests, and rivers, there is a path leading to the top of Mua Mountain. The reason for building this fortress is to simulate the architecture of the Great Wall of China with 486 stone steps.

Mua Cave - Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

When you have completed the trek to the top of the mountain, standing from above, you will see a panoramic view of Tam Coc and Ninh Binh. According to legend, when King Tran returned to Hoa Lu and established Thai Vi, he often came here to listen to beautiful women and concubines dance and sing, so this place was named Mua Cave.

How to Get From Hanoi to Ninh Binh—Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

Hanoi to Ninh Binh Limousine | Hanoi to Ninh Binh Private Car

You can find the most convenient and popular transportation in Hanoi to Ninh Binh limousine, Hanoi to Ninh Binh private car, and Culture Pham Travel. Here, we provide the best services, like door-to-door service, English-speaking drivers, powerful cars, and many more.

Hanoi to Ninh Binh Private Car
Private Car

We provide two primary services: limousines and private cars. Both provide the same services but will have different means of transportation. A limousine will use high-class cars designed to be spacious and optimize the customer experience so that the price will be higher. The private car will be simpler, still a powerful new-generation car, but just a typical car, so the price will be lower. You can consider making a suitable choice for yourself.

Hanoi To Ninh Binh Limousine

Travel by Public Bus from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

Public buses to Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex are the cheapest, but they’re not as easy to access as limousines or private cars. You must come to the bus station in Giap Bat to catch the bus, and it will take them about 2-3 hours to take you to the Ninh Binh bus station. Here, you will have to rent another car to move to the hotel you are staying at.

Hanoi To Ninh Binh By Bus
Public Bus

Although not convenient, with a relatively low price of only 2.85 USD for a one-way ticket, it is still a vehicle worth considering. If your hotel is near the bus station, you can book a bus ticket, but this is not necessarily a great choice if it’s too far away.

From Hanoi to Ninh Binh by Train

There are five rail trains from Hanoi to Ninh Binh, the first departing at 6:00 am and the last leaving the station at 22:15. You can book tickets in advance or go to the station to buy tickets, which cost about 4.20 USD for a one-way ticket.

Hanoi To Ninh Binh By Train
Train To Ninh Binh

Riding a motorbike from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

If your luggage is not too heavy and you like the feeling of freedom of movement, renting a motorbike to Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex is probably a good idea. You can rent a motorbike for about 100,000–150,000 VND per day. You can travel freely, but you will have to deal with weather problems and drive for a long time.

Hanoi To Binh Binh By Motorbike
Motorbike From Hanoi To Ninh Binh

Ticket Price Of Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

Traditional boat ticket price

Customers Ticket price
The person over 1.3m tall 250,000 VND/person
Children from 1m – 1.3m 120,000 VND/person
Children under 1m Free
Private boat 1,250,000 VND/ 1 boat
Guide 300,000 VND/ 1 route

Kayak fare

Boat type/hour Price
Single/2-hour  250,000 VND/boat
Single/3-hour  300,000 VND/boat
Double/2-hour 350,000 VND/boat
Ticket Double kayak/3-hours 400,000 VND/boat

What To Eat In Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex?

Trang An Ninh Binh is famous for with scenic spots and culinary quintessence. When you come here, you will have the opportunity to try many delicious dishes that are hard to find elsewhere in Vietnam.

Mountain Goat Meat

A dish that you cannot ignore in Trang An is mountain goat meat. The meat goats in the high mountains have to move a lot to find food, so their meat is very chewy and sweet. In addition, many dishes are made from mountain goat meat, such as goat cake, steamed goat, grilled goat, and many other dishes. If you have a chance, you should go to one of Trang An’s restaurants to try this dish.

Mountain Goat Ninh Binh

Rice Crust

Rice Crust is a specialty of Ninh Binh, a dish that can be naturally preserved for a long time, so many people choose it as a gift. This dish is made from cold rice, preliminarily processed and fried, and served with rousong. When eating, you will feel the rice’s crispness and the rousong’s saltiness, creating the dish’s uniqueness.

Rice Crust Ninh Binh
Rice Crust

Where To Stay At Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex?

If you have no place to stay in your journey to discover Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, we can recommend some hotels for you to consider.

Tam Coc Garden Resort

  • Address: Hai Nham Hamlet, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
  • Telephone Number: 0378 253 555

The Reed Hotel

  • Address: Dinh Dien, Dong Thanh, Ninh Binh
  • Telephone Number: 0229 3889 979

Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh

  • Address: Nature Reserve Natural Van Long, Commune, Gia Van, Gia Vien, Ninh Binh
  • Telephone Number: 0229 3658 333

Best Time To Visit Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

Trang An Landscape has other beauties each time of the year, so there is no certain time to visit Trang An.

January-March (lunar calendar): This is the time of Tet, and after Tet, it is also when many typical events and festivals, such as the Truong Yen festival, take place. If you visit at this time, you will feel the bustling atmosphere of the festival, which is fun and full of energy.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex
Truong Yen Festival

April-June (lunar calendar): The summer sun has come, and the light shines, making this place change itself like a shining gem amid nature. The whole of Trang An seems to glow under the summer sun; it will certainly be a beautiful time to visit.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

July-September (lunar calendar): In autumn, Trang An is quieter and quieter; the green color of the mountains and rivers of the river gradually turns to the yellow color of autumn. The scene looks like coming out of an autumn painting by an artist.

October-December (lunar calendar): In the last months of the year, fog appears over the mountains because the air becomes colder. This makes the scene more blurred, like a fairyland in a fairy tale.

Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex

That’s what you should know about Trang An, a place you must visit when you have the chance to come to Vietnam. You certainly won’t regret your decision. But one note is that you should check the weather before departure to ensure a complete trip. Culture Pham Travel, thank you for your attention. We hope this article about Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex will be helpful to you.

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