When winter is around the corner, Trang An, the former capital of Vietnam is painted in peaceful lush green, instead of glowing golden ripen rice fields like it used to be in May and June. To capture the panoramic view of Trang An from above, Mua Mountain is an ideal site with more than 500 steps zig-zagged around the mountain that leads you to the summit.
As a combination of world natural and cultural heritages recognized by UNESCO, Trang An scenic complex includes outstanding landmarks such as Trang An eco-tourism area, Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist area, Bai pagoda. Dinh, the ancient capital Hoa Lu … And the beauty of Trang An has been captured by Mr. Cao Tung Lam (Jame Cao), a traveler born in 1991, from Ba Ria – Vung Tau through a series of photos.
Standing from the summit of Mua Mountain, you can see mountains that stretch into the distance and the winding river around the foot of the mountain. This is the most beautiful spot to see Tam Coc located in Hoa Lu karst complex from above.
To visit Trang An, visitors will take a boat trip cruising along the Ngo Dong River, wriggle through the foot of sheer limestone mountains rising up from the paddies. Then we will pass through Tam Coc, which means three caves in Vietnamese. During the journey, we also visit Bich Dong Pagoda, an ancient pagoda hidden in a cave dating back to the 15th century.
Occasionally, you will see small boats passing by that sells incense and fruits to pagoda-goers
- Tam Coc – Bich Dong complex is 120,000 VND per adult
60,000 VND per child under 1.4 m in height.
- Boat rental fee: 150,000 VND for a group of 4 adults. However, if you want to travel with fewer people, you will have to pay a full boat fee, Tung Lam said.
Trang An ecotourism area is located at the core of the scenic. Currently, visitors to Trang An can choose among 3 routes for a three-hour bamboo boat trip, with 250,000 VND per adult, 120,000 VND for children from 1-3 meter and free for children under 1 meter.
The characteristic of visiting Trang An is that you will be going through a number of caves through the limestone mountains with a geological age of about 250 million years. Here it is discovered 50 dry caves and 50 water caves.
River water in Trang An is so special that it is green all year, except after heavy rain and heavy floods. In many sections, travellers can have a crystal clear view of the flora in the river bed, the most beautiful is the mossy swarms following the movement of the paddle.
Getting on a car drive for about 5 kilometers, we will reach Am Tien cave, a scenic spot belonging to Hoa Lu ancient capital. This place is known as Tuyet Tinh Coc, located in a valley between rocky mountains, with gates, pagodas on the mountains, tunnels.
The emerald green lake is the most photo-captive spot for many lenses of visitors, which can be seen while standing on the city gate. Here is Giai pound, where in the past King Dinh punished death row inmates by throwing them down to alligators.
Hoa Lu ancient capital was the first capital of a feudal state in Vietnam. Currently, the relic area still preserves many constructions and traces of the capital city with temples, communal houses, ancient pagodas, tombs … that last more than a thousand years.
During the trip, Mr. Cao Tung Lam also visited Van Long lagoon, the largest wetland nature reserve in the Northern Delta. About 15 km from Trang An scenic complex, here you can also take a cruise trip to admire the scenery, with the entrance fee of 60,000 VND per boat.
From Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) to Ninh Binh, there are many high-quality car operators with 2 – 3 hours per trip. The average ticket price is 300,000 VND per way.
Come to Ninh Binh, do not miss the signature which are deep-fried rice and goat dishes, which are served in many restaurants in Hoa Lu, around the eco-tourism area of Trang An and Tam Coc.
(Translation from Vnexpress.net)