Rowing Through the Beauty of Trang An
Published: 05/01/2011 by ptg
Trang An is located in the Ninh Binh Province, just less than 90 kilometers south of Hanoi, Vietnam. It rests on a 2,000 hectare land divided into spectacular limestone cliffs, forested mountains and sparkling lakes. But perhaps what attracts tourists most to this enchanting land is its composition of 100 caves scattered all around the area. What makes the visit more interesting to travelers is that half of these caves can be reached through boat. The other half can be accesses through land trip.
Rowing through Trang An is like a journey to a land of mystery and beauty all at the same time. Majestic mountains decorate the side while the waters are sparkling blue while you paddle along. A chorus of beautiful songbirds will serenade you on this magical experience while you pass through a number of breathtaking lakes and cave grottos.
Toi Cave (or The Dark Cave) is the deepest of all the 100 caves, reaching as far back as 315 meters into the mountains. Large limestone outcrops can be found both at the entrance and exit of the cave, giving it a “surreal, mystical feel.” Sang (Light), Ba Giot (Three Drops) and Son Duong (Chamois) are also popular tourists spots in Trang An.
The mountains of Trang An are also studded with majestic temples that have relics back dating back as far as the eleventh century. Bai Dinh Pagoda is the largest temple in the whole of Vietnam. It is made up of 107 hectares of land and is especially known for its 100-ton bronze Sakyamuni Buddha statue, the heaviest in Southeast Asia. Moreover, the pagoda is also famous for its 500 stone Arhat statues. Arhat statues are the manifestations of spiritual practitioners who have reached Nirvana. Pilgrims flock to Trang An and especially to Bai Dinh during the first lunar month.