Trang An is certainly one of the best places to visit in Northern Vietnam. If you feel Halong Bay cruise tour is too business-like or over-tourism, Trang An boat tour will be your best shot to go sightseeing on the water. Once you fall in love with the beautiful nature here, you are unlikely to get it out of your heart.
Trang An, appearing in the famous Hollywood movie Kong: Skull Island, is a famous tourist destination for both domestic and foreign visitors as this place possesses the sublime beauty of nature. This place is also a UNESCO World Heritage and it’d be such as waste for the nature lovers to miss this place. Tourists who love river and mountain tourism will have time to enjoy the feeling of sitting on a boat floating on the river and passing through many caves, King Kong movie scene and/or spiritual places.
Price of Trang An boat ride
To get a boat trip in Trang An, you need to arrive at the Trang An Ecological Park. The ticket office is right at the entrance and the tickets include a boat trip. You have to pay 200.000 VND (around 10 US$) for an adult and 100.000 VND (around 5 US$) for a child (the condition is his height must be below 1.4 meters). If you wish for a tour guide, the price is 300.000 VND ( around 15 US$) for a tour.
A note for you is each boat will have 4 to 6 pax and it only starts the journey when with a minimum of 4 pax, but when it’s not peak season, the tour can start even there are only two people on a boat. If you want some privacy, of course, you can buy all of the 6 slots and have a boat for yourself. And the boat is the paddle typed and you will be accompanied by a joyful woman tha will paddle you around along the trip. You can help with provided paddle if you want to do some exercise and help.
Trang An boat tour routes
There are three boat trip routes available in Trang An Ecological Park. The first route will take around 3.5 hours with 9 caves and 3 temples and palaces. The second route will lead you to the famous “Kong: Skull Island” film set site, 4 caves and 2 temples and palaces. This route is quicker, only 2.5 hours are needed. The last route will take you to the film set site, 3 caves and 3 temples and palaces all in 3 hours.
Route 1: 9 caves, 3 temples
Habour – Trinh Temple – Toi Cave– Sang 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.
This is the route which includes the highest number of destinations. If you want to visit as many places as possible, this may be a good choice for you, you will be impressed by the magnificent grottos, limestone karst and the ancient temple.
Also, this choice will suit young travellers the most since you will spend a long time on the boat and constantly moving to new destinations. Elders and children may easily get tired in this route, so you should consider the plan if you go with family.
Trang An boat trip overview
Route 2: 4 caves, 2 temples
Habour – Lam Cave – Vang Cave – Thanh Truot Cave – Suoi Tien Temple – Dai Cave – Vu Lam Palace – Kong film site– Habour.
The second route is more suitable if you go with your family. This route has fewer destinations, but the highlight is the aboriginal village or the “Kong: Skull Island” film set site.
Although its length is shorter than the first route, the beauty of the cave and scenery alongside the river will surely not disappoint you. And you will have the chance to be in a real-life ancient world while visiting the film set.
Everything was preserved at the best condition to bring the true feeling in the film to the visitors.
Each boat has an extra pair of paddles so you can try to roll yourself (Photo: ssegundo)
Route 3: 3 caves, 3 temples
Habour – Trinh Temple – May Cave – Suoi Tien – Đia Linh Cave – Đai Cave – Vu Lam Palace– Kong film site – Habour.
And the last option will be for a relaxing purpose. This route has the least of destination and shortest time spent, so you will have a quick view of the Trang An. However, this may be best for photographers: you have to travel less and have more time to take photos. Also, the pace of the trip is slower, so you have more time for sightseeing.
You should consider the choices and select the best option according to your liking and schedule. All the destinations are wonderful, photogenic and worth the wait. The only difference is the length of the journey.
Kong film set is a highlight for this route
Ultimate tips for your Trang An boat trip become amazing
If you still wonder how to get the best out of your trip to Trang An, here are some tips that you must know:
- Always wear your life jacket
Although the boat tour is safe and you can take it off to take pictures sometimes but we highly recommend that you should wear it every time due to safety reason. The life jacket is included in Trang An boat tour ticket.
- Keep your camera out of the water!
Always keep your phone and camera with you by a hand strap, once you drop it to the water, there is no way to bring it back
Some small thing you should bring is water, light snack, hat, sunglass because you will have to spend a lot of time outside, directly under the sun. So it’s better not to get burned and dehydrated. You should also wear comfortable and travel-friendly clothes since you will be moving around a lot.