Ninh Binh boat tour is nothing like Halong Bay cruise tour. It is not that it is less attractive or interesting, it is just that Ninh Binh boat trip is different and beautiful in its own way. However, there are many places in Ninh Binh that you can go for a boat tour, and as foreign visitors, this may confuse you a lot.
Therefore, you should check out our recommendations for boat tours in Ninh Binh to get a gist of what boat tour in Ninh Binh look like and to find out what is best suitable for you!
Tam Coc boat tour, a part of the popular Tam Coc tour, emphasizes the natural beauty: the romantic Ngo Dong River surrounded by limestone mountains and rice paddy fields, the impressive Mua Cave and other magnificent sightseeing destinations. Everything this beautiful, charming and captivating just like a scene from a movie.
In this Ninh Binh boat ride, you will sail to three caves altogether, which are called Ca Cave, Hai Cave, Ba Cave. The inside of each cave is like another world with colorful stalactites hanging down from the ceiling, looking like crystal chandeliers.
You will also have a chance to visit a mini floating market and experience the colorful life on the water surface of the local people.
Another special thing about Tam Coc boat tour is the boatmen. They sail like no other with their feet, making the ride more efficient and less burden on their bodies, and making a great sight for the tourists, too!
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Trang An boat tour offers you 3 routes altogether:
The first route will be the longest one with 3.5 hours through 9 caves, 4 temples and palaces.
The first route includes most of the destinations, so it will be the longest one, suitable for young people. Elders and children may find this route a bit tiring for them. On this route, you will be impressed by the magnificent grottos, limestone karst, and the ancient temple. Everything is beautiful, marvelous and impressive.
The second route will sail you to the famous “Kong: Skull Island” film set site, 4 caves, and 2 temples and palaces.
This route is a bit shorter, only 2.5 hours for a full trip. The second route is a good choice for family travelers. It has fewer destinations, still the highlight of the route – the aboriginal village, also known as “Kong: Skull Island” film set site – is very attractive and great for any tour. You will be lost in a unique ancient world when you step into the film set.
The last route includes getting you to the filming site, 3 caves and 3 temples and palaces all in about 3 hours.
And if you aim for the relaxing purpose, the last and shortest route will be best for you. For this route, you will be experiencing a quick overview of the highlights of Trang An.
In some ways, this appears to be really suitable for photographers. Since the time spending on traveling is less and that of sightseeing and photographing is more. Also. the pace of the trip is much slower, so you will be more relaxed taking the Ninh Binh boat tour.
If you are planning a day trip to Trang An, you can make the most of Ninh Binh by visiting nearby attractions such as Hoa Lu and Mua Cave. For the detailed itinerary, you can check out Hoa Lu Trang An Mua Cave tour.
If you would like an even more secluded tourist zone or seek for a new destination, Van Long boat tour would be a great choice among those other Ninh Binh boat tour. Van Long natural reserve is surrounded by a lush green mountain and possesses charming caves, making it an ideal place for a boat ride.
In Van Long boat tour, you will be floating on a traditionally styled bamboo sampan with boatmen – or you could try sailing yourself. It will be only you among the dreamlike reserve filled with natural beauty. If you are lucky, you can even spot wild and rare animals such as langurs and birds.
The boat tour in Van Long will lead you into the wildlife with pristine, untouched nature of mountains and caves. However, the boat tour may be quite short, just over 1 hour on the water surface. But the peaceful and joyful feeling will totally make up for the short span of time. The entrance fee for Van Long reserve boat tour is also quite cheap.
The variety of fauna and flora is another advantage of Van Long boat tour. It is the largest wetland in Northern Vietnam, hosting various kinds of birds, langurs, delacours and other animals, as well as hundreds of rare plants and trees. Therefore, you will be enchanted in one of the best Ninh Binh boat tour in Northern Vietnam when coming to Van Long reserve.
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Another Ninh Binh boat tour worth considering is Thung Nang boat ride. Thung Nang, also known as Sunshine Valley, is also a new face of Ninh Binh tourism. Just like its name, the sun shines all the way and all year round in this beautiful valley. Thung Nang is bright and vibrant, making you feel light-hearted at first sight.
Like other boat tour destinations, Thung Nang also possesses a marvelous cave system. The caves there vary in shapes and sizes. Some can be small so that you have to lower your heads while exploring. Some are as big as a palace, but they are all beautiful.
In Thung Nang Boat tour, you will be able to explore all these caves as well as immerse yourself in this vibrant and brilliant valley. The serene scenery with broad panoramic view in Thung Nang has captured hearts of tourist from four corners of the world.
When you row into these beautiful caves, you will have a chance to visit the Thoong Sacred Temple, where locals practice worshipping their ancient Lords. Furthermore, these caves are a system, so they are likely inter-connected.
So don’t be surprised if you find yourself sailing from one cave to another. Or sailing yourself into a bright, beautiful and unfamiliar scenery at the end of the cave. This can be considered as the most exciting and charming point of Thung Nang Boat tour.
Another off-the-beaten-track destination is Thung Nham. Thung Nham is also known as the forest valley of Ninh binh, hosting a wide ranges of fauna and flora.
In Thung Nham, you can take a 2-hour sampan boat trip, sailing through bush-like trees and the waterway is surrounded by beautiful limestone mountains. The scenery along the rowing trip is one of the most untouched and natural ones among the other boat tours in Ninh Binh.
Not to mention the most excting part of this boat trip: bird-watching. You will have a great chance to witness flocks of birds painting the landscape a lively picture. A lot of bird such as stork, cauldron, stone flute and other rare species gather gather in the footage of the amazing view.
Just one thing to notice, you can only see this around 5 to 6 pm!
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