You want to visit Ninh Binh and investigate its natural landscapes? However, you don’t know whether or not to decide on the boat tours in Tam Coc grottoes or in Trang An ecotourism area. Let us have a mention about these beauty spot and make your head with the boat tour which you prefer.
Boat tours in Ninh Binh where should we go?
Traveling to Ninh Binh will be a big miss to enjoy spectacular scenery of mountains, mountains and rivers if you don’t take part in rowing boat trips to Ninh Binh.
There are serveral boat tour destinations that you can think of such as Tam Coc, Trang An, Thung Nang, Hang But, Van Long & Kenh Ga. Among them, Tam Coc grottoes & Trang An Eco tourism area are considered as the best attractions with beautiful & natural landscapes to view in rowing boat excursions. In this Ninh Binh tours from Hanoi site, we’ll share our own experiences on boat tours in Ninh Binh hope you can find right one to do visit Tam Coc or Trang An.
Suggestion Boat tours in Tam Coc & Trang An.
Tam Coc and Trang An are the most beautiful attractions in Ninh Binh. Both provide us with pristine scenery of limestone mountains along the rivers & striking caves that you could view from a rowing boat.
Quiet, relaxed, pleasant & beautiful are the phrases we hear from our clients about the two these sites. It’s got the same opinion as Halong bay cruise best – that’s the reason why we call it Halong bay on land. To prevent the mass tourists coming Tam Coc & Trang An, you ought to visit them in the morning when many tourists are on their way to reach or in the afternoon when the other tourists complete their travel routes.
In addition you’d better not travel to these sites in festival times, there’ll be a number of tourists heading to Ninh Binh to get Bai Dinh pagoda that attracts a number of buddhish followers yearly. When Vietnamese visit this pagoda, they spend their time angling in Trang An & Tam Coc. As a result, these sites become very cramped and busy.
If you do two day tours to Ninh Binh, our proposal is to visit both of them since they’ve their very own beauty. Butif limited time you’ve, then your choice will be doing your day tour to Ninh Binh. You want to join your visit to other attractions in Ninh Binh like Mua cave, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Phat Diem cathedral or Hoa Lu ancient Capital with one boat tour path, then it hard to choose whether to select Trang An or Tam Coc.
Here are our shares about Trang An & Tam Coc – its own strengths which might function as good comparision to pick the one of your interests.
For Tam Coc Boat trip:
Tam mean three and Coc mean grotto including Hang Ca, Hang Hai & Hang Ba. It has been the most famous attraction in Ninh Binh for a long time for local and international tourist. Rowing boat trip is a very nice way to contemplate those three natural caves, magnificent limestone mountains & authentic farming activities along the journey.
Those are the several reasons why we love & introduce Tam Coc for your Vietnam day tour in Ninh Binh. Different with Trang An, boat trip in Tam Coc offers you the view of rice fields & authentic farming acitivies along the river banks: fish catching, rice planting, ploughing with buffaloes or harvesting….
Actually, many beautiful pictures of golden rice fields encompassed by the limestone mountains are taken from Tam Coc area. To get this impressive spectacular view of yellow rice fields, we suggest you to visit Tam Coc in summertime time. (April and beginning of May only) To have panoramic view of this natural golden rice & limestone mountain. For hunting this wonderful view, visitor have to goes the other site of Tam Coc. It’s call Mua Cave. After submit to the peak of mountain visitor will get 360 degree view of Tam Coc.
The entrance fees & boat fees in Tam Coc are more reasonable for private rowing boat tour.
Many tourists travel in pairs or alone, they want to have their sampan privately rowed in Tam Coc with less payment than in Trang An. You only have to pay 400.000 vnd for a private boat with a rower in Tam Coc, but 800.000 vnd for private boat in Trang An.
In term of the price & comfort, which destination would you like to select Trang An or Tam Coc? Surely, it is Tam Coc. Nevertheless, Tam Coc get bad reviews on tripadvior like some scams you could easily avoid for your beautiful trip.
Tam Coc is under the government management which they use local villagers who also take in turn with their serial numbers serving tourists to make additional incomes.
Local photo grapher. On your boat excursion, some neighborhood with their camera from others boat invite you to have photos. But sometime they tried to make you happy and smile. Should you like to have some, you can let them to select good scenes for your nice images, then you get it in the end of the boat tour. If you don’t like it, you simply ignore them say No.
In low season, they only have a possibility to row once or twice a month. Most of them do not know English. On your boat trip, they invite you to purchase their local embroidery products. If you like any item, you may bargain & buy it for them. If you don’t like it, you simply refuse them politely.
Another thing that you should to know is tipping. When you’re on the 3rd cave, there are a fleet of small boats loaded with fruits, sweet & drinks. The owners of these selling boats try to invite tourists buying their stuffs over priced rates as a tipping present to your boat driver.
Our suggestion is to state No, with them in a friendly manner and after that state or signal your vessel driver you’ll tip later in the end of the boat excursion. In fact, you cover the boat & entrance fees when have rowing boat excursion. The tip is optional. Typically, you’re back to the sanctuary, the boat rower will ask for a tip. For their hard work they do, we suggest our clients tipping them around 3-4usd/1 boat as a thank you to them. When they are happy & so you are!
For Trang An boat tour:
Trang An is a brand new travel route which has recently opened and operated to travellers. Trang an was recognized as a natural & cultural heritage site by UNESCO in 2014. Thanks to its own natural & cultural values and has increasing number of tourists year after year.
Trang an has no rice fields & authentic farming activities we adore Trang an for these many reasons. The boat trip in Trang An is longer than boat trip in Tam Coc. The boat excursion in Trang It’s around 2-2, 5 hours along limestone mountains with this repetition as Tam Coc. More caves that you can visit in Trang An. This boat tour is filled with exploration to many tunnel temples, angling in Trang a gives you stops in certain temples or trekking up place for picturesque view of the region. This surely makes your trip more interesting with natural & cultural exploration. Especially where you will have chance to visit Kong Skull island movie set.
You’ll get acquainted with more details on the history of Vietnam when Ninh Binh was selected as the capital in 10th &11th century. Not with the rice field view because of its protected area, but this river in which doing Trang an is very clear & clean so you will have nice view of plants growing & alive from bed of the river. It may get a more majestic mountain views within a longer rowing boat excursion. What a view of rivers & mountains.
More professional service that you can expect. Trang An is operated by a private company so they care much about the service & its environment. All the rowers work for the company and they get paid by the company monthly. They have to follow Ninh Binh tours company’s rules and serve the clients well. They work hard to meet the customer’s satisfaction so most of customers are happy to thank them with tips at the end. It is not compulsory but is a nice complement to encourage them. Different with Tam Coc ( the boat rowers may suggest you with tiping, tiping, tiping at the end of the boat trip.
In Trang An, you feel relaxed with their service without any tipping suggestion at the end.
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