Trang An Boat Tour | 2024 Price, Best Routes, Tips, Itinerary, Video

Trang An scenic landscape complex located in Ninh Binh is one of the best places to visit in the north of Vietnam. Visitors will see a stunning landscape, various caves, and incredible limestone formations, and stop by several Buddhist temples.
Let's find out more about Trang An scenic landscape compex with Go Viet Trip!!!

1. Where is Trang An and History

Trang An scenic landscape complex is located in Truong Yen commune, about 3 km from Hoa Lu ancient capital, 7 km from Ninh Binh city, and 100km from Hanoi capital. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2014 also ranked as a significant national monument by the Vietnamese Government - one of the best places must visit in Ninh Binh.

Trang An with an ecosystem of limestone mountains with a geological age of about 250 million, Through a long time of weathering by the change of the Earth, the climate, the sea advance, the sea recedes has brought in hundreds of valleys, caves, lakes, and lagoons. This scenic spot is a place to preserve and contains many wetlands ecosystems, forests on Limestone Mountains, archaeological sites, and historical and cultural relics.

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trang an scenic landscape complex

It is about 100 km from Hanoi capital

>>> Read more: How to get to Ninh Binh from Hanoi

2. How much does a Trang An tour cost?

From January 19th, 2020

  • The entrance fee is 250.000vnd /person

  • Children's height is above 1.3m: The same price as adults.

  • Children's height is from 0.8m to 1.3m: 120.000 VND/person. 

  • Free for children who are below 0.8m in height. 

Minimum 3 people /boat – If you are solo or couple, you may share with other tourists
Opening hour: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours.

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Trang An boat tour price - Total 250.000vnd/person

3. Trang An best route

Each route has a different beauty that attracts a lot of tourists every day.

3.1. Route 1: Nine caves, three temples

You will pass nine caves, temples, and pagodas.

Habour – Trinh Temple – Dark Cave– Bright Cave – Nau Ruou Cave – Tran Temple – Ba Giot Cave – Seo Cave– Son Duong Cave – Khong Palace – Bao Hieu Temple– Khong Cave – Tran Cave – Quy Hau Cave – Habour.

3.2. Route 2: Four caves, three temples

This is a new route, and many visitors choose the perfect combination when visiting caves and other outstanding attractions. You will see three caves, two temples, and a King Kong village.
Habour – Lam Cave – Thanh Cao Son Temple – Vang Cave – Thanh Truot Cave – Suoi Tien Temple – Dai Cave – Hanh Cung Vu Lam Temple.

3.3. Route 3: Three caves, three temples

On route 3, you also visit three caves, including a 1 km long cave, two temples, and the place where the movie takes place is King Kong village.
Habour – Trinh Temple – Dot Cave – May Cave – Suoi Tien Temple – Dia Linh Mountain – Dai Cave – Hanh Cung Vu Lam Temple – Kong: Skull Island Film Set.

3.4. Which route is the best?

All routes are fantastic, you can see the beautiful scenery, virtual living between natures, but there are a few small differences:
Route 1 is the most peaceful, but there are many caves. Route 2 is the perfect combination of attractions, so it is also the most crowded route.
According to the boatman who told with Go Viet Trip, routes 2 and 3 are the most beautiful.
>>> Read more detail: The most beautiful route in Trang An


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There are three different routes

4. Best time to visit Trang An Boat Tour

With typical weather in Ninh Binh, you can go Boat trip any time of the year.

January to March attract a lot of local people, especially after the lunar calendar. This is springtime, the weather is not too cold or hot, the sky is clear and less rain, so it is very convenient to sit on the boat and enjoy the landscape. This season is also the season with many festivals happening here, which can be combined with visiting the festivals or going to the temple.

If you come on July to September is the ripe rice season in Trang An, and watching the golden rice fields, you cannot miss this time. 
June is a bit hot, but the sky is clear, and less rain moreover, this is the time when the lotus season is in full bloom.

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Visitors doing the boat tour

5. How can you go to Trang An Boat Tour

  • From Ninh Binh city:

It's far from Ninh Binh city 15 km. The best way to get to Trang An is to rent by motorbike (about 200.000vnd/day) or go by Grab or reliable Taxi: Mai Linh, Hoa Lu… it's about 15000 vnd/km

  • From Hanoi city:

There is no public bus from Hanoi directly. You may go on tour.
Many tour companies or travel agents offer a one-day or two-day tour to Ninh Binh from Hanoi city. If you book Trang An full-day tour, it will include transportation in two ways in the service.


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Explore Trang An - Mua cave one day 


Video Trang An boat tour one day

Must Read: Trang An - Hoa Lu - Mua Cave full day (Small-Group) departure from Hanoi: All in one, including transfer by Limousine Car with The Best Price. Visitors can get a full refund if don't satisfy with the services. We trust that do not many offices in Hanoi could do the same.


6. Where to stay in Trang An

Trang An is a rural area with beautiful scenery, many limestone mountains, rice fields. Most accommodations here are bungalows, homestays, or small hotels. 
Many tourists like to stay here cause stunning landscape. Visitors can immerse themselves in nature and explore the daily life of local people.
There are many types of rooms, from dormitories (from 9USD/night) to private rooms. The rooms are large, clean, and include breakfast. Some bungalows also have swimming pool.


where to stay in trang an

Many options from homestay, bungalow, hotel

  • Trang An Central Homestay

Address: Ninh Hoa, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh 
Phone: 096 873 94 42

  • Trang An Retreat

Trang An Village, Truong Yen, Hoa Lu
Phone: 0898 743 863

  • Trang An mountain side homestay

Xuan Ang Noi, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh 
Phone: 094 485 06 86

  • An's Eco Garden

Phone: 0867 699 981
Bình Khe, Ninh Nhat communal, Ninh Binh

  • Camellia Hotel

Alley 10 Trang An, Tan Thanh, Ninh Binh
Phone: 0229 6333 336

7. Suggested Itinerary Trang An Boat Tour full day from Hanoi 


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Trang An boat ride not too far from Hanoi, and you can combine to visit some famous places in Ninh Binh as below:

Option # 1: Trang An Boat Tour + Hoa Lu Ancient Capital – about 3 km from Trang An( Hoa Lu in 10th century from (968 – 1010). Visitors can visit Dinh and Le temple).

Option # 2: Trang An Boat Tour + Bai Dinh Pagoda is one of the largest Buddhist complexes in South East Asia with many records in Vietnam and Asia for this pagoda, such as

  • The giant bronze bell in Vietnam.
  • The largest Buddha statue in Asia
  • The giant Buddha in gold inlaid
  • A huge bronze Maitreya statue in Southeast Asia

Option # 3: Trang An Boat Tour + Mua Cave. This cave means Dancing cave. Visitors can climb up 500 stone steps to get to the top. From here, you can get the best views of Ninh Binh.

Option # 4: Trang An Boat Tour + Bai Dinh Pagoda + Mua Cave.

Option # 5: Trang An Boat Tour + Hoa Lu Ancient Capital + Mua Cave.

Option # 6: Trang An Boat Tour + Tam Coc Boat Trip (If you want to compare which one is better, you can choose to visit both places).

Option # 7: Trang An Boat Tour + Thung Nham Bird (Located in Hai Nham communal, Hoa Lu district, this is one of the largest birds in Vietnam, visitors can be immersed in the wild and nature).

Option # 8: Trang An Boat Tour + Cuc Phuong National Park (This is the first national park in Vietnam, like a giant natural museum, home to many fauna and flora. Coming here, visitors can admire the ancient trees of thousands of years.

Option # 9: Trang An Boat Tour + Van Long natural reserver (one of the best natural reserves in Vietnam)

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Here is our suggestion full day combine to visit - Bai Dinh Pagoda - Mua Cave:


  • Visit Bai Dinh – One of the biggest pagodas in Vietnam.
  • Have a buffet lunch with delicious foods
  • Enjoy a unique boat trip to visit Trang An complex 
  • Biking around the countryside and enjoying Vietnamese tea break
  • Conquer Mua cave

7h30-8h00: Our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel or at the confirmed meeting point in Hanoi Old Quarter.

10h30: We will arrive at Bai Dinh Pagoda - the first destination of the tour. Coming here, tourists can admire much unique and majestic Buddhist architecture and many records from Vietnam and Asia, such as 500 La Han statues, the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters in height, 100 tons in weight.

12h10:  You can get on the bus, go to the local restaurant, and enjoy a buffet lunch with plenty of traditional foods such as spring rolls, goat meat, burned rice, etc.

13:20 – 13:25: After lunch, we keep going to the harbor and take a boat trip to visit Trang An complex with many beautiful limestone mountains. They have a lot of beautiful stalagmites and stalactites of different colors.

15:30 – 15h40: After that, you will bike around the village and enjoy a Vietnamese tea break.

16:00: Continues visit Mua cave

17h00 - 17h10:  Come back to the bus and returning Hanoi.

19h20 - 19h30:  Arrive Ha Noi, drop off at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter - Finish the tour

Cycling at ninh binh


8. Review for Trang An boat tour

Here are some reviews of Trang An cruise tours on TripAdvisor, the world's largest and most prestigious travel review website.

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9. Some frequently asked questions 

  • Trang An boat tour timings

The time depends on the route we take, normally is more than 2 hours

  • Trang An boat tour price

The price is 250.000vnd/ share cruise or 1.000.000 for a private boat

  • Where to stay near Trang An?

An's Eco Garden Resort
Trang An Retreat. 
Trang An Ecologde

  • Should we book in advance to visit Trang An?

Yes, we should arrange the tour in advance to save time and money, please feel free to contact us to get the best price and itinerary  

  • Where to eat near Trang An?

Truong An resetaunrant 
Bao Anh resteuarant
Xuan Thang restaurant

10. Tips from local experts

  • Don't forget to bring umbrellas, sunscreen, and hats to protect you from the sun or rain.
  • Don't forget to wear your life jacket
  • Don't forget to give the boatman small tips
  • Don't forget your boat's number during the trip
  • Try rolling a boat
  • Bring water/ beer and snacks as the boat ride takes about 3 hours.
  • To avoid the busy, you may go in the morning

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You might want to visit some attractions near Trang An:

>>> Tam Coc boat tour - "Halong bay on land."
>>> Hoa Lu ancient capital - First capital of Vietnam

>>> Conquer Mua cave - Great wall of Vietnam

>>> Click here to get free itinerary planning for Trang An or Ninh Binh tours

With all information. We hope you will have a great trip to Trang An boat tour if you still worry about planning a reasonable boat trip. Please do not hesitance to contact Go Viet Trip
Email: or hotline +84968667589. We are guarantee about quality and prices. Get a full refund if you do not feel happy with our services.

Author Hoan Nguyen

He has over 10 years of experience working in the tourism sector and operator. He has traveled to many places in Vietnam and around the world.


author hoan
My name is Hoan and I come from Hanoi, with more than 10 years working in the tourism industry (both as a tour guide then tour operator). I am very proud to say that I can give you the best advice for your trip to beautiful Vietnam.

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