Trang An Grottoes
Trang An Grottoes
4.5
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand817 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trang An route 3
    My family really enjoyed our visit here. 3 hours is a long time sitting in a hard boat, ours was closer to 2 and half hours. We chose the route 3 to see the longest cave, see three caves and 3 pagodas. The stops were nice to give you a break from the boat. The 1000m cave is really worth seeing, you do have to duck quite a few times, but it was really scenic. We didn't see a lot of other boats which was nice and helped the rower as she had 4 of us in the boat. Noticed as we caught up and passed several boats because 2 guys helped rowing, other boats started to race - it was a bit of fun. The rower was lovely and didn't ask for tips. We had already decided to give her one as she didn't harass us. A great trip, we all enjoyed the scenery.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 12 May 2023
  • B K
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India112 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trang An Boat Ride - Highlight of Ninh Binh - Amazing Experience
    Trang An boat ride was the highlight of our Ninh Binh Trip. To pass through water amidst those huge structures and the variety of flora and fauna was an amazing experience. The low caves & specially the longest one (900 m) was a leap of faith for me , as someone who has fear of closed spaces.We had to duck into the floor of the boat and even then crouch real low at some of the places. But I am glad that we could have the exotic experience. The tickets are 300K VND per person . We were a family of 4 in one boat. The boats seemed primarily driven by women rowers. They take you through caves & to pagodas which are on picturesque islands We chose route 3 with 3 caves & 3 pagodas. It was sunny & hot.. Its better to have your own umbrellas in case you are more than 2. The boat woman provided us with 1 umbrella. We had ours too and kept ourselves stocked with water and cool drinks. The 3 hr ride is a bit physically taxing as you can’t move much in the small boat. Getting off and on the boat is a tad tricky. So we got off only on 2 islands and skipped 1. The islands and Pagodas were very beautiful. I could see toilet facilities on one of the islands. The boat woman didn’t understand or speak english. So they can’t guide much. It’s quite some hard work. In the last 1 hr, we helped her in rowing as they provide 2 extra oars in the boat. Some other guests were seen doing that too. But that’s totally voluntary obviously. I don’t know if tipping is the norm. But I thought they might be expecting it . We tipped her 100K VND & she seemed happy with it.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Julie A
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Stunning! Avoid the weekends!
    Stunning! Avoid the weekends and go very early in the morning to avoid the masses. we went around 7am paid a little extra for a boat of our own and enjoyed the whole experience for two hours as the only boat on the water which was amazing! Go to Trang rather than Tam Coc, its much nicer. Tam coc will not let you off the boat where as from Trang you can get off the boat to walk around the temples which are stunning. Take route 2 You don't need to book this trip with and agent. Just get a grab or go as we did by scooter as the drive there is stunning, theres a big car park and you can buy your tickets from the ticket office. Be very discreet but tip you rower please, they work a very long day!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Steven H
    Adelaide, Australia23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A leisurely cruise on a hot day!
    One of the major tourist attractions in the region, the Trang An boat tour. We went quite early in the morning to attempt to beat the heat, it's quite a professional set-up in terms of ticketing, on site shopping and getting to the boats. We opted for a boat to ourselves so we're required to pay double the price per person, all good, it was our choice. Ushered to the docks, were greeted by our boat rower/operator and away we went. We felt a little guilty given it was a hot day and we had about 90 mins of rowing ahead, so we chose to pick up a paddle and help our guide. It's quite a spectacular setting, the rivers meandering through the karsts. We went through a few caves on our journey so sometimes you need to be prepared to get down quite low. In saying that, the boat lady was very skilful in navigating the highest point in the cave. We also stopped at a couple of pagodas along the way, a chance to stretch the legs, grab a drink or ice-cream and also gives your boat lady a well earned break. All in all it was a very nice experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • orrdin
    New York912 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun experience
    This row boat tour was quite fun even in the constant rain. The rowers who are mostly women use their legs most of the time and it’s quite a spectacle to see. And on top of that the river and the caves are nice so this was a great experience. Takes a few hours.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • ContentedTraveller67
    Melbourne, Australia339 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunningly Beautiful
    We visited Trang An early this morning and were the second boat out so we were ahead of the masses when they arrived by bus load later on. The area is stunningly beautiful and photos do not do the area justice. It’s easy to see why it is UNESCO listed. Unlike the boat trip from Tam Coc the woman who rowed us did so with her arms and not her legs. She was extremely fit as she rowed four of us around for three hours with only short breaks as we visited the temples. We gave her a small tip 100,000 vnd for her hard work.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 October 2023
  • Skram66
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Join the visiting Vietnamese & just definitely do it. 3+hrs. Easy access from Tam Coc.
    Cannot recommend enough! Would strongly suggest No3 Tour, which takes in 3 caves, the longest of which is 1 metre long. Several opportunities to get out of the boat at various pagoda islands where you can buy refreshments at some. Interaction/racing with group of Vietnamese on holiday, as well as having a couple of young Vietnamese girls in traditional Vietnam style dress only added to this wonderful experience, so don't be put off by the pictures of many tourists. Located within beautiful setting, well geared for tourists. Moped parking 15Dong. Unfortunately, you have to wear the life jackets provided. Umbrellas of various fashions, also provided. Take some fluid with you & sun protection if hot!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 November 2023
  • P J
    Norwich, United Kingdom24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day trip from Ninh Binh.
    We went on route 3. The trip is fantastic, you will set off in groups of 4 so please bear this in mind as you might have to share a boat. This route takes about 2 hours and goes through 3 caves the longest of which is 1 KM in length. You will stop along the way and will be able to get refreshments and have the use of clean toilets. A truly amazing experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
  • Mike B
    Christchurch, New Zealand138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Share a boat
    Yes a must do. The temple stops are a bit boring, but a chance to have a stretch. Remember the boats hold 4 people, and the charge is per boat. So stand at the ticket office and wait for another couple to share a boat with. Great adventure through the caves. No health & safety -so remember to duck !! There is 2 different operations, the 4 per boat trip number 3 seemed the best.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Paul S
    London, United Kingdom19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still worth it despite the crowds
    Is this a massive tourist trap? Yes, absolutely. It was pretty crowded even on low season, I can't imagine how bad it gets. We could always see other tourists on boats at every point of the ride. It's also fairly expensive. If you're a two then you'll need to find someone to share with before boarding, the staff are not very helpful at this and will just board others ahead of you, you need to forcefully start boarding or you'll get ignored. All that aside, it's probably worth doing anyway, the views are stunning, the 1km cave on the 3rd route is particularly impressive, there are some pagodas if you're not Pagoda'd out yet, and it manages to wow even though we'd just been on a boat in Lan Ha bay which was equally stunning. Wish there was a less touristy way of doing it, but you just have to try and forget the other hundred people on the water.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 January 2024
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Kraka S
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Cannot Miss This! A Must Do! Cannot say any more. Just do it! What a once in a lifetime experience. Very unique and can be done all times of the day.
Written 2 April 2024
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joegnaniah
Auckland, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
A unique experience travelling on small row boats (sampan). The ride which takes you past interesting buildings, through long caves is definitely a must do.
Written 28 March 2024
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Souhenambaye
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Forget the crowds of Ha Long Bay – Trang An Grottoes is all about that tranquil, otherworldly beauty. We got a small boat that took us winding through lush valleys and straight into majestic caves. The scenery was honestly breathtaking – huge cliffs, little temples hidden in the greenery... definitely felt like we were in a movie! Even with other tourists, it never felt busy. Perfect spot for a relaxed day trip and gorgeous photos.
Written 26 March 2024
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RFK
McLean, VA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Gliding by Sanpan through the wetlands and through the grotto was a delightful experience. It’s a tad touristy at the start and end with hawkers and cheap souvenir vendors but if you look past all that it’s a glimpse into another world. Once through the grotto you’re immersed in verdant green rice fields with white cranes, flowering trees and dramatic limestone cliffs. Our rower snapped off a plant stalk to show us a large cluster of brilliant pink eggs that we’d noticed throughout the ride. She did not speak English so we could not understand what it was and what she was telling us. Once back at the dock our guide explained that they were the eggs of American apple snails, a pest that the Chinese had planted there specifically to destroy the rice crops in Viet Nam. This was another instance of seeing the best and worst in a land replete with both.
Written 25 March 2024
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John H
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We made the mistake of trying to go on a Sunday in March. Arrived at 9am figuring it might get busy to find approx 2000 people in the queue - quite possibly more. Turns out it is traditional for the Vietnamese to visit the Trang An caves at arround this time on a Sunday at this time of year. The boats carry no more than 6 each and so there was no possibility of for us getting out on the water without a very long wait indeed so we were forced to abandon our plans for the day:(
Written 25 March 2024
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Hydro Lawn Solu... F
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Definitely do trang am rather than tam coc! Beautiful caves, great temples and gardens. Yes it is a bit busier but there is a reason for that. It's way better.
Written 13 March 2024
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Ricardo
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Beautiful rivers and mountains. Our boat trip was nothing but amazing. The day we visited the place was not every busy, so the sencery was tranquil and we had a goof talk with the boatmen. Quite surprise to know that they are paid by trip, not a fixed salary. Really recommend this activity for sighseeing, and for supporting the locals
Written 29 February 2024
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Phuong Mr.
Hai Phong, Vietnam454 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
I always recommend this rather than Tam Coc. And You' d better choose 1.5 hour route and Khe Coc island instead of choosing long route 2.5 hour or 3 hour
Written 28 February 2024
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Calum
Harlow, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Great time! 3 different options of route, but basically just pick one and hope for the best (I imagine they're all fab). I went solo, but boats have to be a minimum of 4, so you just wait for a sutlitable number of boat buddies & hope you're lucky!
Written 27 February 2024
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Angie H
Vancouver, Canada22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Not sure if it's just because we were there the last weekend of the Lunar New Year holiday for Vietnemese, but this place was instanely crowded. We arrived in the morning and left because we could see huge lines. We came back at the end of the day, around 4pm, and we were one of the last groups let onto boats. Even though there were no lines to get on, we could see that the line infrastructure was like Disneyland with rows and rows of lines setup. We got in our boat and ran into two massive jam ups of boats waiting to go single file through the grotto (cave tunnels). The scenery is beautiful but I wish we could've experienced it without the crowds.
Written 18 February 2024
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