Taking into account that Halong Bay enjoys great world fame (in fact, it is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World), and that, therefore, it is always full of tourists, today we wanted to move to a corner of Vietnam less known but just as beautiful. At least from our point of view. We are talking about the place of Trang An, located in the north of the country.
A month ago, the authorities of Ninh Bing, a province in northern Vietnam where this spectacular set of picturesque landscapes are located, received the title of World Cultural and Natural Heritage by the Unesco, thus becoming the first mixed world heritage in the country. It is a title that was awarded to the country last summer. Do you want to know the Trang An bay in more depth? Well, do not miss anything we tell you below!
Stunning natural beauty
This complex covers no more and no less than 10,000 hectares divided into three areas: the Trang An-Tam Coc-Bich Dong Ecological Zone, the primeval forests of Ha Lu and the Imperial Capital Citadel Hoa Lu. Here you can find limestone mountains, karst peaks, cliffs, beautiful valleys, lakes, rivers, rice fields, swamps and a spectacular ecosystem with numerous species. So it is not surprising that scientists call this place «Museum outdoor geological ». Of course, what most often attracts attention to tourists and scientists are its mysterious caves. In fact, there is a complex of 51 routes known as the "Ha Long Bay ashore." As you can imagine, some of them have names.
But the importance of the Trang An complex goes far beyond its spectacular landscapes. And it is also a place of great historical value, being the place where King Dinh Tien Hoang established the first centralized feudal state of the country in the middle of the 10th century. It is important to note that some of the caves are preserved relics prehistoric (some from 30 thousand years ago). For example, human and animal remains have been found, tombs, bones, work utensils, ceramics, mollusk shells ... In addition, in the complex you will discover ancestral villages, temples, pagodas and the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. And not only that, it is also here that Buddhism emerged in Vietnam.
One of the best ways to discover this impressive complex is via a boat route. The good thing is that there are no endless queues here as in Ha Long Bay, at least for now. Moreover, at some times of the year, when tourists are less frequent, it is possible to see the boatmen playing cards while waiting for the arrival of clients. In general, these boats are usually carried by women who drive with their feet and the journey lasts about two hours.
Thanks to the efforts of the government, residents and scientists, this natural and historical treasure has been kept in perfect condition. However, it is necessary to develop a plan to be able to exploit the ecosystem and this environment known as the land of peace, vitality and happiness in a sustainable way. The primary objective is to conserve the cultural, historical, archaeological and geological relics of the place, in addition to protecting the ecosystem. Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you will discover a lot of images of Trang An bay. Don't miss it!
Trang An & Tam Coc: Karst Scenery of Ninh Binh, Vietnam in 4K Ultra HD (August 2020)