Updated: 16 Oct 2020

Trang An or Tam Coc Boat Tour - Which one is the best option?

Trang An Boat Tour in Ninh Binh

Ninh Binh is a wondeful place for natural views of mountains , rivers and caves. It is regretful that you will not experience Ninh Binh boat tours. Going on a boat trip, there are some popular places you should not miss such as: Tam Coc, Trang An, Nang valley (Thung Nang)...but you dont know which one is your best option if you dont have much time. In this article, we are very pleased to share our local experience in Ninh Binh including both Tam Coc and Trang An boat tour.

- Boat Tour in Tam Coc and Trang An - What is same same?

Tam Coc and Trang An are the most beautiful spots in Ninh Binh. These two places are famous for its wilderness of imposing limestone mountains along rivers and impressing caves that you can admire during the tour. Quiet, relaxed, pleasant & beautiful are the words that we normally hear from our customers about both of these sites. It has the same view as Halong bay – that is why we call it “ Halong bay on land”.  Traveling to Trang An or Tam Coc, you can experience boat trip through stunning caves while you spontaneously admire the majestic limestone mountains popping up above the water. Not only do Ninh Binh make tourists say WOW by no-word-describe natural beauty but also skillful people who row boats by their feet. The image of boat drivers taking their hands over their heads and effortlessly use their feet to move and paddle boat is famous in both Vietnamese and international newspapers.

- Boat Tour in Tam Coc and Trang An - What is different?

Criteria to compare Tam Coc Boat Tour Trang An Boat Tour
Boat Tour Time Only one route: 1.5 hour boat tour 3 different routes: 1.5- 3.0 bour boat tour
Route Options Only one routine: 3 caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, Hang Ba

Route1: 9 caves and 3 temples 

Route 2: 4 caves and 3 temples.

Route 3: 3 caves and 3 temples


  • Natural views from golden rice fields.
  • Boat Tour on Ngo Dong River.
  • Natural Caves & Cultivation activities.
  • Famous for long time.
  • Many great pictures from Tam Coc
  • Some caves, routes made from humans.
  • Boat Tour Offer many options
  • Visit Some pagodas, temples on the way.



200.000 VND/ person. 2 peoples/ boat.

Private Boat is 400.000 VND

250.000 VND/ person. 4 people/ boat.

Private Boat is 800.000 VND

  • Managed by local goverment.
  • Boatmen are locals.
  • Not really proffesional but good.



  • Managed by a private company.
  • Boatment are well trained.
  • Clean and clear. You can see aquatic animals.
  • Professional
Tam Coc View
Trang An View
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Useful tips for Trang An and Tam Coc Boat Tour.

  • At noon, you should bring a hat or an umbrella, if you do not have, you can hire one at every store near the pier.
  • Bring a waterproof bag and phone neck strap to avoid your camera to drop into water when taking photos.
  • It is not compulsory, you should leave a tip about 50000 VNĐ as a reward for ferryman work hard.
  • Traveling early or afternoon from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, both two destinations are less crowded than other time.
  • Bring snacks and water along with, floating convenience stores are available on Ngo Dong River, but the price of them is pushed up twice.
  • Unlucky, you meet a local photographer who takes pictures of you and then coming to you to require you buy it. Those pictures are not beautiful because they are stalked. Maybe, your eyes are closing on some, your pose is weird one some other. You should say “ no” immediately.