If you want to set a step onto a really appealing and quiet area, you should not miss Trang An. This scenic area covers hundreds of valleys, limestone caves, lakes and rivers with the terrain dated back 250 million years ago. A little canoe will take you through the picturesque landscape with restfulness, and this maze of limestone rocks will seclude you away from the pressure and noise of busy life.
Apart from natural values, within a day-trip to Ninh Binh, you will find the delightful meanings and aspects of the most major religion in Asia, Buddhism, in the largest temple complex of the nation: Bai Dinh. Recently completed in 2010s, the site reflects a great respect of Vietnamese people to their Buddhas, and it is also a popular destination for million pilgrims annually during traditional New-Year celebration. Visiting the complex, you will have opportunities to see the biggest gold-plated copper Buddha statues, including the Goddess of Mercy – Quan Yin with a thousand of arms and eyes making layers of coronas behind her; then the biggest bell tower bringing you a panoramic view of green mountains and river; the long corridors of 500 Arhat sculptures along 02 sides, and the other attractions what you should see by your eyes.
June 2014, UNESCO has inscribed Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex (including Trang An ecotourism site, Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Bai Dinh pagoda – the largest of its kind in the country – and Hoa Lu, Vietnam’s former capital in the 10th and 11th centuries) in Ninh Binh Province to its World Heritage List.
8:00 – 8:30: Tour guide and car pick you up at your address to depart for Ninh Binh province (98 Kms).Start tour Trang An – Bai Dinh Pagoda.
10:30 – 12:00: Arrive in Buddha Prayer place in Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues, biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters in height, 100 tons in weight.
12:30: Have lunch in local restaurant with some local special dishes such as Goat meat with elderberry, pork ….
14:30: Depart to visit Trang An tourist attraction, take boat trip to visit cave complex: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, see scenery of mountain and rivers. Trang An is considered as Ha Long on the land.
16:00: Getting on the car for returning to Hanoi.
16:30: Back to Hanoi at your address, Trang An – Bai Dinh Pagoda Tour end.