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TRANG AN

"Stay a few days in the Ninh Binh area and really enjoy the spectacular scenery. We visited around 3pm. It was fairly quiet. As we were just a couple we had to wait for a few minutes for two more people to make up the boat trip.
The views were spectacular. The rower stopped wherever we requested.
We were going to give a tip anyway, but the ladies surrounding the boat when we got off were quite pushy demanding a tip for our rower. Plenty of little cafe's across the road if you want a snack.
There is parking for bicycles and motorbikes across the road for a small fee."


Karst Landscape

          Het Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex - is called "a beauty complex among the landscapes." It is an "outdoor geological museum" with numerous caves, mountains, valley, water, trees, temples and pagodas. The area is also on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
According to statistics, the Trang An Eco-Tourism Complex has more than 310 species of higher plants, many algae and fungi. In particular, there are some rare woods and the number of valuable trees, which are used for producing drugs or fruit.
There are about 30 species of mammals, 50 species of birds, dozens of species of reptiles and rare animals such as chamois and leopards.

Trang An is a very large area, in which eight villages are. It has the same landscape as Tam Coc. Here you have also the karst mountains and you can go a little boat "Small Sampan" down the river. On both sides of the river are mountain ranges. The area of Trang An has more than 100 caves, which not all can be visited.
In some caves visitors can go from one cave to the other one. It is a maze of connected caves. Sometimes you have to put down your head, else you might bump your head on the ceiling.

A comparison with Tam Coc is also wrong. Here are many more caves and there are far fewer tourists. The area of Trang An has 31 valleys, 51 caves (which you can visit) and it has a few caves with a length of 2000 meters, such as: Dia Linh cave, Sinh Duong Cave, Cave May.

 

The Bai Dinh Pagoda is located in the Trang An eco-tourism area near the village of Gia Sinh. Also you can visit the Tam The temple, Phap Chu pagoda, La Han and the bell tower. ...
Some caves are under water; other caves are higher and dry. Research has shown in some higher caves, were traces of human activity. This over a period of more than 30,000 years. This should have been probably hunters and gatherers in the mountains, who lived here.
They adapted to the great climatic changes of the environment, especially recurrent flooding of the landscape by the sea after the last Ice Age.


One of the caves

 

From a travelogue:

"Most beautiful place we've visited in Vietnam so far. Started around 9 in the morning, wich is the perfect time if weather conditions are good. The scenery of this area is breathtaking. It's definitely a tourist spot, but they are quite efficient in accommodating the crowds. Must visit if you're in Ninh Binh"


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