Tràng An is a scenic area near Ninh Bình, Vietnam renowned for its boat cave tours. On 23 June 2014, at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex includes Hoa Lư, Tam Cốc/Bích Động, and Bai Dinh Temple.
Bái Đính Temple (Vietnamese: Chùa Bái Đính) or Bái Đính Temple Spiritual and Cultural Complex is a complex of Buddhist temples on Bai Dinh Mountain in Gia Viễn District, Ninh Bình Province, Vietnam. The compound consists of the original old temple and a newly created larger temple. It is considered the largest complex of Buddhist temples in Vietnam and has become a popular site for Buddhist pilgrimages from across Vietnam.
- Revisit the traditional architecture, religious culture and local history at Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia.
- Hike up the summit of a mountain for a breathtaking panoramic view of Ninh Binh’s natural landscape.
- Immerse in the natural beauty of Trang An Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site. Called ” the Halong Bay in Land”, Trang An features vast rice fields, misty valleys and mysterious caves with impressive limestone mountain range as its backdrop.
Is this tour for me?
Experience: Historical, UNESCO, Nature
Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth
Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation
Group Type: Standard group
Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world
Activity Level: Moderate
Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking
Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations
Revisit the ancient history and culture of Northern Vietnam when you visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest pagoda in Southeast Asia! While you are there, don’t miss out on the beauty of Trang An landscapes with towering limestones, vast green rice fields, twisting rivers, and mysterious caves.
At around 07:30 am, our guide will meet you at your hotel/place of stay around the Hanoi Old Quarters and start the 100km bus journey through verdant landscape of country side. There will be short breaks en-route.
After about 2-3 hours on the road, we arrive to the sights of the magnificent Bai Dinh pagoda complex, the largest pagoda not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast Asia. Scenically set on the foot hill of Dinh Mountain surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below and dotted with the limestone karsts, the surrounding environment will take your breath away.
The pagoda stunningly boasts an array of the most massive and magnificent architecture of Vietnamese tradition ever built. It will take a full day to explore all, so you will visit some of the national highlights:
– 500 stone statues of “La Han” (Arhats)
– 2 huge bronze bells, one weighs 27 tons, other weighs 36 tones
– Three bronze statues of Tam The (50 tons each)
With the sacred atmosphere and intriguing Buddhism stories presented by our friendly guide, you will be enchanted by the spiritual beauty, history and knowledge of Bai Dinh Pagoda.
Our walk at the pagoda ends with a short hike up the mountain to the summit where the 100-tonne bronze statue of Buddha Sakyamuni is placed. You will also get to enjoy the panoramic view of picturesque landscape dotted with limestone mountains.
We leave the majestic pagoda complex at around 12.30pm to enjoy a fabulous buffet lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant. Here you can try special Ninh Binh cuisine dishes such as goat meat and pork storage vessel.
After our lunch, we leave for the Trang An Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site with its outstanding natural beauty of majestic limestone massif that rises dramatically out from the rice paddy fields. Mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds and rich jungles can be found hidden between the chains of the towering mountains.
Board a traditional sampan and gently sail down the exquisite river through numerous beautiful and mysterious caves – 320m-long Hang Toi (Dark) cave, 90-m long Sang (light) cave, and Hang Nau Ruou (Cooking wine) cave which is 250 meter long. Every passage brings a new surprise of mystery hidden inside isolated valleys of tranquility that takes you to another world and time. The fauna and flora is rich and you might catch a scene of goats jumping from one cliff to the other.
After our 2-hour boat ride on the river through Trang An, we get back ashore for a leisure cycling on rural roads alongside extensive canal network and through small villages with the back drop of the limestone mountain range.
By around 4.30 pm, this is when we will end our leisure countryside cycling activity to return to Hanoi on our bus. You will be back to your hotel/place of stay within the Hanoi Old Quarters by around 7pm and end our full-day experience.
- Bus transportation
- Entrance fees to all attractions
- English-speaking guide
- Drinks in the restaurant
- Gratuities and tips for the guide
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