Trang An Boat Tour: Routes, Price, Opening Hours & Tip to the Fairydom

Trang An boat tour is the only way to explore the Trang An UNESCO Heritage Site. It’s not extra to say that this boat tour will take you through the wonderland of pristine blooming valleys, charming limestone mountains and mysterious caves. All along the emerald green river.

Now, you may curious of what it look like and how to make the best of it. Together with Original Ninh Binh Tours, let’s take a look of all the tour routes, price, time and tip of this amazing Trang An boat trip!

>>> Also, take a look at Ninh Binh boat tour for more exciting experience! <<<

This is fairydom for real! Let’s take a boat trip toTrang An with us

Table of Contents

  • 1. Why ecotourism Trang An boat tour is a MUST?
  • 2. What to expect in a Trang An boat ride ?
  • 3. Trang An boat tour routes – Which is the best?
    • Route 1: 9 caves, 3 temples
    • Route 2: 4 caves, 2 temples
    • Route 3: 3 caves, 3 temples
    • So which is the Trang An boat tour best route?
  • 4. Trang An boat tour hours
    • Trang An boat tour opening hours
    • Trang An boat tour times/durations
  • 5. Trang An boat tour price
  • 6. Trang An boat tour tip

1. Why ecotourism Trang An boat tour is a MUST?

Trang An is the famous destination of Ninh Binh and a must in Ninh Binh day trip from Hanoi. As soon as you reach the spot, the whole picture of the hat-shaped limestone mountains covered by jungles and the crystal-clear river reflecting blue sky above will be in sight. And I haven’t mention numerous natural caves and other historical relics apart from the grand scenery.

As Tam Coc boat tour, the highlight of this journey is that you will take a Trang An boat tour to witness all the sceneries and be accompanied by a joyful boatman along the trip.

Also, you can see some reviews on Tripadvisor of the boat ride in Trang An before decide to take a trip here.

The friendly boatman will tell you about the place that can entertain you for sure!

2. What to expect in a Trang An boat ride ?

The fun of Trang An grottoes boat ride is you will slowly row through Sao Khe river, between the blooming mountains and valleys. Then, you will enter mysterious caves and go “wow” when the whole new picture appears right at the exit.

There’s one more thing to encourage you to take a Trang An boat tour. To most boatmen, this is the major income of the whole family. Taking a boat tour, you will contribute to the local economic development. It’s not compulsory but you can tip the boatmen if they give a great trip. Just a small amount of money can make both you and them happier!

>>> Start your journey with Hoa Lu – Trang An – Mua Cave tour. All the best Ninh Binh destinations in one trip!

3. Trang An boat tour routes – Which is the best?

Trang An which route? – A common question of tourists. You can take one of the three boat trips available. Each route will take you through caves, temples and tell its own interesting story. The detailed stops of the three routes will be listed below:

There are 3 routes available. Read on to know what will be the best for you!

Route 1: 9 caves, 3 temples

Harbour – 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 – Harbour.

This route offers you the chance to visit most destinations among 3 choices. The beauty of scenery along  the river will not disappoint you for sure. However, you can’t take this route in the rain season as the water’s lever is high and most caves are flooded.

Beside caves, you will visit Trinh Temple, Tran Temple and Khong Palace – the 3 spiritual ancient temples here. To reach Tran Temple, you will have a short enjoyable trekking through the mountain.

The hidden Tran Temple at the mountainside

This route is suitable for those who like exploring geological and Vietnamese history. Or those who want to visit as many places as possible. Please notice that this Trang An boat tour route isn’t recommended for elders and children as they can get tired spending a long time on the boat and constantly moving to destinations

Route 2: 4 caves, 2 temples

Harbour – Lam Cave – Vang Cave – Thanh Truot Cave – Suoi Tien Temple – Dai Cave – Vu Lam Palace – King Kong film site – Harbour.

This Trang An boat tour route has fewer destinations comparing to the previous one. But a highlight that you don’t want to miss is the famous King Kong tribal village. Come to this film set, you can see bamboo huts, red hangovers & especially friendly local villagers in the aboriginal custom and makeup. Everything is the same as what you see in the movie “Kong: Skull Island “.

Also, the 4 caves in this route is beautiful with natural stalactites hanging down from the top and you can visit temple and palace without climbing.

To sum up, this route is easier than route 1 and suitable for both children and elders.

Absolutely the highlight of Trang An boat tour – the King Kong Skull Island film set

Route 3: 3 caves, 3 temples

Harbour – Trinh Temple – May Cave – Suoi Tien – Dia Linh Cave – Đai Cave –  Vu Lam Palace– King Kong film site – Harbour.

This Trang An boat tour route is recently opened and has the same amount of destinations as route 2. But the pace of this trip is slower and it allows you to have more time sightseeing. So choose route 3 if you want to relax and take many beautiful photos.

Besides, it will take you to the longest & most natural cave of Trang An – the May cave.

This route will reach some untouched spot of Trang An

So which is the Trang An boat tour best route?

To answer this question, you have to consider according to your liking and schedule. Each route has its own characteristic feature and different trip length. The route 2 and route 3 is more attractive to most tourists as it stops at King Kong village and suitable for everyone. So the 2 routes are frequently crowded. As a result, Trang An boat tour route 1 is perfect to those seek for peaceful and unspoiled scenery.

>>> Also, consider to choose your best route in Ninh Binh. How about a Trang An – Bai Dinh day trip?

4. Trang An boat tour hours

Trang An boat tour opening hours

You can take a Trang An boat ride from 7:00 to 16:00 everyday. It’s highly recommended to take one in the early morning to avoid the crowded in peak days

Trang An boat tour times/durations

Usually, the Trang An boat trip will take you around 2 to 3 hours depend on the route you choose. In detail:

Route 1: 3.5 hours

Route 2: 2.5 hours

Route 3: 3 hours

So the 2nd route is a good choice for those who don’t have much time. Whatever route you take, remember to take sunscreen and some water as the weather can get extremely hot and you will spend hours under the direct sun!

In every route, you can pass through this special area – where the water is beautifully turquoise!

5. Trang An boat tour price

Regardless of which route you will choose, the Trang An boat price is the same.

In general, the ticket including entrance fees & Trang An boat tour cost 200.000 VND/adult and 100.000 VND/children (below 1.4 meters) for maximum 4 people/shared-boat.

If you want a private boat, the Trang An boat ride price will be higher as you will have to pay all the cost of 4 seats (which is 800.000 VND). And if you like a private trip, take a look at Ninh Binh Private Tour Full Day !

In case you wish for a tour guide, the price is 300.000 VND for a tour.


The ticket office is right at the entrance and on the left of the sign

The boat only starts when there’s enough 4 people/boat. However, the journey can start even there are only two people when it’s not peak season.

In peak season, you will have to wait for the boat to be filled up. But in lơ season, you can start your journey with just 2 people on the boat!

6. Trang An boat tour tip

To make the best of your Trang An boat trip, we recommend you to follow these tips from local experts!

  • Try to row the boat with an extra paddle. The boatmen will give you instructions so just ask them if you want to have this one-of-a-kind experience!
  • Prepare umbrellas, hats, sunglass and sunblock to protect yourself from the sun as you will spend a lot of time under the sun
  • Wear your life jacket that is available on the boat for your safety. And you can take it off just for a while to take some photos
  • You can bring some light snacks and water because the trip will last for 2 to 3 hours. But don’t throw garbage to the river!
  • Protect your phone and camera. We understand that you will want to take photos for memory but beware of dropping it into the water.

Is this Trang An boat tour exciting enough to you? You really should experience this once you visit Ninh Binh. If you have any difficulty in planning a boat trip in Trang An, feel free to contact Original Ninh Binh Tours for further information and advice!

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