Trang An Ecotourism Complex – Enjoy a Scenic Boat Ride and Explore Caves, Temples and King Kong’s Skull Island
October 26, 2019
Your trip to Ninh Binh will not be complete without experiencing a scenic boat ride in Trang An. The Trang An Ecotourism Complex has become a popular tourist destination for both domestic and international visitors. This majestic mountainous region features soaring limestone ‘towers’ connected by sharp mountain ridges. Apart from taking a scenic boat ride through the caves, you can also opt to dock at one of the ancient temples located at the foot of the high mountains.
There are three fixed routes for the scenic boat ride – each with a duration of approximately 3 hours. The routes are as follows:
Route 1: This route takes visitors through 3 caves and to 3 spiritual places. You’ll visit the Trinh Temple before going through the Dot Cave and the Van Cave, followed by a stop at the Suoi Tien Temple. The boat will pass by Dia Linh Mountain, go through the Dai Cave, and pass by Hanh Cung Vu Lam before docking at the magnificent film set of Kong: Skull Island. The boatman will row you back to the boat wharf after you’re done exploring.
Route 2: This route takes visitors through 4 caves and to 3 spiritual places. You’ll first go through the Lam Cave and visit the Thanh Cao Son Temple, followed by the Vang Cave, the Thanh Truot Cave, and the Suoi Tien Temple. The boat will then go through the Dai Cave, pass by Hanh Cung Vu Lam before docking at Skull Island. The boatman will row you back to the boat wharf after you’re done exploring.
Route 3: This route takes visitors through 9 caves and to 3 spiritual places. Your first stop will be the Trinh Temple, followed by going through the Toi Cave and the Sang Cave, passing by the Tran Temple and going through 4 more caves, namely the Nau Ruou Cave, the Ba Giot Cave, the Seo Cave, and the Son Duong Cave. The next stop will be the Khong Temple before going through the Tran Cave and the Quy Hau Cave. Please note that this route doesn’t take you to Skull Island. You’ll return to the boat wharf after passing through Quy Hau Cave.
Jayden and I went with Route 1, but it poured so heavily halfway through our boat ride. Despite being soaked from head to toe, we still continued on with our exploration of Trang An. What an unforgettable experience!
Trang An Ecotourism Complex
Address: Tràng An, Ninh Xuân, Hoa Lư, Ninh Bình 431995, Vietnam
Opening Hours: Daily 7am to 4pm (Boat Ride).
Admission Fee: 200,000 vnd (adult) and 100,000 vnd (child) for the boat ride.