Trang An Ninh Binh and the unknown

Trang An Cultural and Natural Heritage Complex is located in many districts of Ninh Binh province. This is our country’s only “dual” heritage recognized by UNESCO. This heritage complex includes the Trang An – Tam Coc – Bich Dong scenic area – Hoa Lu ancient capital – Hoa Lu special-use forest.

In that complex, the Hoa Lu ancient capital is located in the North; Tam Coc – Bich Dong is located in the south; Trang An tourist area is located in a central location. From Ninh Binh city center, visitors only need to go about 8km to get here. This place attracts tourists because of its charming landscape, famous spiritual tourist attractions, unique festivals and attractive specialties. Let’s explore!

When should you go to Trang An tourist area?

Every spring – summer – autumn – winter, Trang An puts on a new shirt. And every time of the year, visitors find things worth exploring here:

In spring, visitors can immerse themselves in special festivals such as: Trang An Festival (mid-March of the lunar calendar); Co Lau Festival (8th – 10th day of the third lunar month).
In the summer, this place is enchanting with golden rice fields or fragrant lotus ponds.
In autumn, the weather is cool and pleasant, ideal for outdoor sightseeing and exploration activities.
In winter, Trang An is hidden in the mist like a fairyland.

Route 1: Trinh Temple – Tran Temple – Khong Palace

Route 1 will focus on visiting caves, rocky mountains and learning about the history of the Dinh dynasty. Through legends about Nau Ruou Cave, Trinh Temple, Khong Palace…, you can expand your historical knowledge. Especially admire Tran Temple – the temple is considered the heart of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

Route 2: Cao Son Holy Temple – Hanh Cung Vu Lam

This is a ferry route that is loved by many young people because this route has many beautiful and poetic landscapes, so it is very suitable for filming and taking photos. At the same time, this route rarely encounters boat problems like the other two routes.

Route 3: Cave Dot – Suoi Tien Temple

With this route, you will pass through the longest stalactite cave in Trang An with a length of up to 1000m. In addition, Suoi Tien temple ruins will take you back to the roots of Trang An.

No matter which ferry route you choose, the boatmen will be very enthusiastic during the journey. Furthermore, if you want to experience a little new joy, you can ask the aunties to help row the boat.

Enjoy the cultural

Coming to Trang An, visitors definitely cannot miss spiritual sites containing great cultural values. These are temples located right in the center of the eco-tourism area such as Trinh temple, Tran Ninh Binh temple, Tu Tru temple, Cao Son temple, Suoi Tien temple, Vu Lam palace, Phu Khong… Each temple is associated with Each is a separate story about great mandarins who have contributed to the country. Therefore, when visiting these temples, you will admire the typical architectural beauty through each period as well as enrich your national historical knowledge.

Explore mysterious caves

Some wonderful caves that you cannot miss include Dia Linh Cave (with fossilized stalactites), Nau Ruou Cave (distilling wine from underground water in the cave), Boi Cave (vestiges of Hoa Binh Culture) , Bright Cave – Dark Cave…

Enjoy delicious specialties

If you come to Trang An Ninh Binh and don’t try the following specialties right away, you will be regretful:

  • Ninh Binh scorched rice: The delicate flavor blend between crispy scorched rice and fragrant shrimp makes people eat it again and again.
  • Mountain goat meat: Goats are raised on rocky mountains so the meat is very firm. Goat meat can be used to prepare many different dishes such as goat spring rolls, grilled goat with lemon, steamed goat…
  • Mountain snails: The food of mountain snails are precious medicines found in caves, so snail meat is extremely nutritious, especially effective when treating bone and joint diseases, rheumatism or stomach diseases.
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