Trang An Grottoes

Trang An Grottoes, Ninh Binh: Hours, Address, Trang An Grottoes Reviews: 4.5/5

Trang An Grottoes
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7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam.
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Gilly, Switzerland229 contributions
Feb 2020
After much research as we were staying in Tam Coc, we decided to do the boat trip in Trang An. Tam Coc seems a bit problematic with rowers trying to scam you, although the regulations cite no foot rowing, they’re all rowing with their feet and it just seemed less stressful to opt for Trang An.

So glad we did that. It seems much more organised, prices clearly indicated, and a very professional rower who knew exactly when to tell us to move, either to avoid the rocks hitting our heads or to balance the boat.

We paid VD250’000 per person for a 4 person boat and with hindsight I think we should have paid for 4 and had the boat for the 2 of us as we had two burly young men in front who blocked the view a fair bit and didn’t offer to switch at any point during the 3 hours.

We took tour no 1 which included 9 caves and 3 pagodas. We started around 9am and there were not very many boats on the river which made it feel more special, although part of that may be due to less tourists in general because of Coronavirus.

It was a magical tour, the scenery is stunning, the caves are wonderful and the last pagoda was beautiful. I thought 3 hours might be too long, but it was a perfect length. Our rower encouraged us to row a bit too which was fun.

We gave a generous tip before docking at the end as a token of our appreciation of our rowers hard job and expert rowing.

I highly recommend this tour. However it might be challenging for people with reduced mobility or small children as getting on and off the boats can feel quite tricky at times.
Written February 17, 2020
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Swindon, UK242 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
If you don’t have much time this is the boat ride to do! They offer a choice of three different routes, all at the same price, we chose Route 3. As we wanted the boat to ourselves we paid for a third ticket, as our guide had told us to do. The ticket desk said we had to buy all 4 tickets but our guide was there to insist that we only needed 3, a point worth noting! Our route took us through three caves and visits to three temples over about three hours. The first cave is the longest, over 1000 metres, and the most interesting of the three. The weather was dull and a little gloomy but this provided a different look to the varied rock formations, I am sure it’s quite different on a sunny day. However we had a good trip despite the weather. Our lovely lady rower was polite and gave us a little information, with her limited English, as we went around. We were not hassled for a tip gave one anyway, which was obviously appreciated.
Written March 31, 2020
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Berlin, Germany544 contributions
Feb 2020
We had our own boat and an english speaking guide and overall there was very littel activity and no crowds at all as amid the corona crisis tourism was exceptionally low. The big crowds, long queues and the chaotic atmosphere on normal days would be a big downside here.
The boat trip brings you to a beatifully shaped landscape with charming waterways and grottoes. You can visit beautiful temples and while on the boat you enjoy the special and beautiful scenery. When you are in the area this is a must see place.
Written April 2, 2020
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Sarah Luong
Hanoi, Vietnam15 contributions
Nov 2019
More beautiful than I thought. I bought a ticket to sit on a bamboo boat and visit along the river for 3 hours. A boat is for 4 people, but I bought 4 tickets because I wanted to be more comfortable (200k/ticket). The river flows gently, the water is clear, the caves have sparkling stalactites, many small rocky mountains like Ha Long Bay. Along the way I was able to stop and visit temples of historic heroes. The boat lady was a local who was extremely likable, friendly, and enthusiastic when she told us ancient legends. Because I went in the afternoon, I was watching the sunset and my boyfriend took good photos of me. I really enjoyed that trip.
Written February 2, 2020
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Emilie G
Montrouge, France1,512 contributions
Dec 2019
What a beautiful site! You should not miss it if you are visiting the dry Halong Bay. We took the number 1 itinerary, the longest route and enjoyed it a lot during almost two hours. We visited it at the end of the morning/lunch time and got lucky as it was fairly quiet, without big groups.
Written January 25, 2020
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Kathrine S
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2 contributions
Feb 2020
We're five such as two teenagers and one elderly. Tickets had been readily accessible, no waiting and at exactly the same price a decision of three routes. We should route two as well as the scenes were gorgeous. The boatwomen were empathetic and friendly towards the mom of mine and lent her an additional scarf and jacket. It absolutely was a 3 hour ride therefore may be exhausting primarily in hot climates although caves and temples were fantastic. The mother of mine managed to handle with assistance getting on and away from the boat at every stop. There's secure paid parking readily available opposite the venue very practical. Almost all in everything a must do while in Ninh Binh. We skipped the temples, pagodas, churches and simply received an easy cycle ride on the boat center and again and also soaked in the picturesque landscape.
Written March 30, 2020
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Cary L
Ennis, Ireland222 contributions
Feb 2020
We went to Tam Coc for a day out and lunch and as part of the tour we were booked onto a row boat tour that takes you through rice paddies and caves and into a small lagoon. I have to say...not worth the time. First, I felt a bit guilty because we had this older woman who was doing all the work to haul me and Mary up the canals and it was hard work and hot. I kept thinking that I should be doing the rowing since I was easily twice her size and definitely outweighed her by a good 100 pounds. She was tiny! In any case, Mary just told me to sit still and enjoy the scenery. It was beautiful scenery but admittedly if you've seen one rice field you've seen them all. The mountains were incredible and this area is called Ha Long Bay Inland as they have the same kind of rock formations that you see shooting up out of the bay. It is quite beautiful. The caves were amazing but unfortunately it all went south when we hit the lagoon. There you get hustled to buy trinkets and we said no and then on the way back you get hassled to give a tip. I did just to get off the boat. 90 minutes of wasted time. Beautiful scenery but completely spoiled by the hustle and the hassle. If you go to Tam Coc...skip this little adventure.
Written March 10, 2020
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Mumbai, India347 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
An ethereally beautiful place. Waterways forming a maze among limestone hills. At times mysterious, at times serene. As you explore the realm by boat, you will pass through limestone caves and tiny islands with pagodas.
To call it, ‘Ha Long Bay on land’ is to insult both places.

A visit to North Vietnam is incomplete if you don’t experience Tráng An.

The place is very efficiently managed. The ticketing is hassle-free - you need to choose from 3 route options which are well described in the brochures available. The boats carry four people and if you are a couple, you will have to share the boat. Excellent detail towards safety and the boatmen and women are extremely professional. They don’t expect, or ask for, tips. The ride duration is between 2-3 hours. Don’t carry heavy backpacks and ensure you have enough drinking water.

Once you are done with your ride you can head towards the parking lot where there is a nondescript restaurant. They serve an excellent bun bò and other typical dishes.

Written July 5, 2020
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Damian Rickertsen
1 contribution
Feb 2020
Precisely what a lovely sight! You shouldn't miss it in case you're going to the dried out Halong Bay. We had taken the number one itinerary, the lengthiest route and then enjoyed it a great deal for nearly 2 hours. We visited it in the conclusion of the morning/lunchtime and also got lucky as it had been pretty quiet, with no great groups.
Written March 20, 2020
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Jessalin Parish
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1 contribution
Feb 2020
Precisely what an excellent trip to the Trang An Grottoes. We spent on a two hour guided boat tour (200k dong a person).
We went from a selection of the grottoes and stopped off at the pagoda.
It was great as well as the Vietnamese males & females that row the boats are friendly as well as kind.
A must see if in the Ninh Binh region.
Written March 27, 2020
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