Trang An - Hoa Lu - Mua Cave
Inclusive: transport, entrance fee, lunch & English speaking guide.
All prices are in Viet Nam Dong including 5% service charge & 10% value added tax.
Trang An Eco-tourism Complex is a potential destination in Ninh Binh. Covering an area of 1,961 hectares, Trang An belongs to the mass of Attraction Relic of Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and includes three main functional subdivisions: Center area for welcoming visitors and festival organization; tourist area of Grottoes with 48 grottoes and caves together 31 large and small valleys; and hallowed cultural area of Bai Dinh Pagoda. The whole complex has 47 historical relics and nearly 100 grottoes stretching around 20km South – North.
Hoa Lu is the legendary ancient capital of Viet Nam. The old capital was built more than 10 centuries ago under the reign of Dinh Dynasty and Le Dynasty. It was its capital for just 41 years (968-1009). The capital then was moved to Thang Long under the Ly Dynasty (1010). With the size of 3000ha, Hoa Lu is protected by a natural wall with surrounding Trang An limestone mountains and Hoang Long river. The combination between mountains and rivers make Hoa Lu surroundings very picturesque. Hoa Lu is famous for the number of palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions that were built by different dynasties. Bao Thien Tue Palace that was plated with gold and silver is very popular with its architecture. There were also two famous temples that were built in the 11th century to dedicate King Dinh Tien Hoang and his successor Le Dai Hanh.
Mua Cave is very impressive with small grove of trees, but the main attraction is a 500-step trek to the pagoda at the top where there’s a simple altar to Quan Am (Goddess of Mercy).
8:30 am: Leave Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh to travel to Mua cave. Though small, this place attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. From the cave, you can see all the way to Tam Coc's three grottoes. Climb 500 stone steps to the top of the mountain to enjoy a stunning view of the countryside and the wonderful Ngo Dong river.
10:00 am: Take a small boat along the river to discover the mysterious beauty of the Trang An cave system including Ba Giot, Dia Linh, Toi (dark) cave, Sang (bright) cave, Ao Trai and Seo cave.
12:00 pm: Have lunch at a local restaurant.
01:00 pm: Drive to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam, dating from the 10th century. Marvel at the ancient architecture and the carvings on wood and stone depictiong daily life, dreams and wishes for peace and good life.
Finish the tour at Emeralda Resort Ninh Binh.