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Trang An Vietnam is a regional habitat belong to the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex of Ninh Binh province.

Situated near the southern margin of the Red River Delta, the Trang An Landscape Complex is also known as the Ha Long Bay of the land. Trang An consists of majestic mountains, gorgeous limestone caves and wild streams flowing through the caves. The beautiful scenery here is naturally created with full of lively stone, river, green forest, and blue sky; making this place become one of the most beautiful and attractive karsts in the world.

Best time to visit

Although you can visit Trang An any time of the year, you should avoid the rainy season in Vietnam (July-August), so it won’t interfere with your plan.

The best time to visit Trang An Ninh Binh is from February to June. 

From February to March, the paddy field is lush green, and then the tone gradually changes to a bright yellow towards the harvest time from the end of May to the beginning of June.

Note: The site can be crowded during Lunar New Year (Tet holiday).

Check the below table for the general idea of Trang An weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 18.6 15.8 13.2
Feb 21 18.4 16.1
Mar 22.9 20.4 18.2
Apr 27.4 24.2 21.6
May 31.8 28.1 24.8
Jun 33.9 29.9 26.7
Jul 33.3 29.7 26.9
Aug 32.3 28.9 26.1
Sep 31 27.7 25
Oct 29.3 25.7 22.7
Nov 26 22.5 19.4
Dec 21.6 18.3 15.4

Trang An’s current weather and 7-day forecast


The whole complex of Trang An covers an area of 6,172 ha, surrounded by a buffer zone of 6,268 ha. As a Mixed Cultural and Natural Scenic Complex, Trang An consists of four main distinct areas: the historical and cultural area of Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel, the scenic area of Tam Coc – Bich Dong, the ecological area of Trang An and the specially-used primary forest of Hoa Lu. Besides, there are many more other attractive tourist areas in Trang An: Spiritual and cultural areas of Bai Dinh Pagoda, Thung Nham Ecotourism Area – Bird Park, Thung Nung tourist areas, Thien Ha cavern, Mua cave, Old military base Vu Lam, etc.

Natural Karst Tower in Trang An Landscape Complex

The towering karst mountains in Trang An landscape complex can match Ha Long’s for their grandiose and awe-inspiring sight. In ancient time, this place used to be an imperial city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty. According to Feng Shui masters, some of the limestone shapes resemble the mythical swords and mighty power of the king and his nation – a reason for king Dinh Bo Linh to move his capital to Hoa Lu (Trang An). Some of the karst towers collapse within itself and create such mysterious caves inside, which are accessible for visitors by riverboat.

Trang An Grottoes

In Trang An landscape complex, there are 31 wetlands connected by 48 caves, including 2 km of water caves, such as Dia Linh cave, Sinh Du cave or May cave. Nothing is more interested than having a boat trip through caves that you can experience the feeling of thrill and admire the strange shapes on the caves when the boat enters the deep grottoes. One day visiting Trang An Grottoes, you will be amazed by the unbelievable beauty of Mixed Cultural and Natural Scenic Complex, which is enough for Trang An to become one of the places that anyone should visit once in a lifetime.

Tropical Forests & Rivers in Trang An Landscape Complex

Immense rain forest, plant and moss cover the landscape, blending with the vast paddy fields below. Rivers cross rivers and rice fields, wrapping themselves around the base of the majestic karst towers. The river system in Trang An is very diverse with the north bordered by Hoang Long River, the east by the Chanh River, the south by the He river and the west by Ben Dang river. Some of the rivers unite in the center of the heritage site, becoming a convenient traveling path for tourists.

Relic Sites in Trang An Landscape Complex

Trang An is also the land of spirituality and the home of several historic pagodas and temples. The ancient temples and pagodas rest solemnly upon the karst tower’s top or on one of its side, hiding among dark green woods. This is the reason why Trang An landscape complex is most crowded in the first month of the Lunar year when domestic tourists often visit the pagoda to pray for a new year full of fortune. Especially, Bai Dinh pagoda with long-established history and unique architecture will definitely fire your imagination.

Tribal Village in Kong: Skull Island Movie

In April 2017, the Management Board of Trang An has opened the door for visitors to visit the movie set of Kong: Skull Island. In particular, a tribal village in the movie was reconstructed prototype, just like in the movie, which definitely makes a surprise for every visitors in the Kong Skull Island Tours. The reconstructed Kong: Skull Island’s film setting is located in the Trang An – Ninh Binh ecological tourist sites, which is also the most interesting place in Trang An – Ninh Binh. The tribal village consists of about 40 huts made of bamboo which are built alternately on both sides, and in the middle is the stone road. Another special thing is that many locals dress up like the aborigines in the movie, from faces to dresses, and sit in huts that make visitors feel like they are living in the movie.

There are some highly-recommended hotels and resorts near Trang An Complex that you should know:

1. Tam Coc Garden Resort

Location: Hoa Lu District, Ninh Binh Province

Tel: 0378 253 555

2. The Reed Hotel

Location: Dong Thanh, Ninh Binh

Tel: 0229 3889 979

3. The Vancouver Hotel Ninh Binh

Location: Tan Thanh, Ninh Binh

Tel: 0229 3893 270

Speaking of cuisine, Ninh Binh is really a must-visit destination for you. It has some unique types of specialties that you can’t find in other places in Vietnam.

1. Rice Crust

Rice crust is one of the most notable specialties in Trang An, Ninh Binh. It is crispy and tasty. People use charcoal to burn the rice at suitable heat. Then, dry in the sun and place in fresh areas to keep its flavor. Next, they will fry slices of steamed rice in a hot oil pan until they see yellow color on the surface of the slices. Then, a mixture of ingredients like mushrooms, carrots, beef and so on are also fried and served with rice crust. 

2. Goat Meat

This mountainous area has a lot of goats eating wild grass. Thus, the locals make them into so many different food like under-cooked goat meat with lime, goat hotpot, roasted goat, grilled goat brisket or steam goat meat. And the most delicious dish of them is rare-goat meat.

Getting from Hanoi to Ninh Binh

By bus

Taking a bus is the easiest way to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi. 

Frequent buses are departing from Hanoi, and the journey takes approximately 3 hours depending on your drop off location.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via

By train

Vietnam Railways offers daily trains from Hanoi, and you can select a hard seat, soft seat, or berth depending on your budget. 

SE7 (departing at 6 am) and SE5 (leaving at 9 am) are great choices if you’d like to start your day early and have more time exploring Ninh Binh.

Getting from Ninh Binh to Trang An

Trang An is about 7km from the center of Ninh Binh city (about 7km from the bus station and 8km from the train station), so you can rent a motorbike or book taxi or Grab car to get to Trang An.

If you’re going by a private limousine/ van, you can ask the provider to drop you off at Trang An boat center.

Trang An boat trip ticket

Currently, the entrance ticket to visit Trang An tourist area (including a boat trip ticket) is:

Adults: VND 200,000 per person (4 people per boat, excluding the boat lady)

Children (under 1m high): 100,000 VND per child

Tour guide: VND 300,000 per tour

All procedures for buying tickets will be guided in detail at the ticket counter and consulted at Trang An wharf.

Contact us to get more information


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