Trang An Landscape Complex: A Mystical Land for Wanderlusts

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Tired of working on the computer screen from 9 to 5? Longing for a trip abroad that will take you to a completely new land surrounded by frosty air and breath-taking landscape? If yes is your answer to the two questions above then Trang An Complex is probably the destination for you.

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Part of Trang An Landscape Complex. Photo source: IPCA9

Situated near the southern margin of the Red River Delta, the Trang An Landscape Complex is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. Exploration of caves at different altitudes has revealed archaeological traces of human activity over a continuous period of more than 30,000 years. In 2014, at its meeting in Doha, Qatar, the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially inscribed Trang An Landscape Complex on the World Heritage list.

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Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel. Photo source: Vietnam Travel Heaven

As product of cultural and natural beauty, Trang An Landscape Complex is home to Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel, Trang An – Tam Coc – Bich Dong Landscape and Hoa Lu Special-Use Primary Forest. Each destination has its own beauty to discover and they are all worth paying a visit to.

1.Hoa Lu Ancient Capital

Hoa Lu is the ancient capital of Viet Nam, was strategically established here in the 10th and 11th centuries AD. The property contains temples, pagodas, paddy-fields and small villages. This is a place for those who love to learn about a part of Vietnam’s a thousand year history. As Hoa Lu used to be the capital of Vietnam, there are plenty of ancient buildings, temples and unique architectures here that will satisfy your curiosity of an ancient Vietnam citadel.  

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The way through Tam Coc – Bich Dong. Photo source:

2. Trang An – Tam Coc – Bich Dong Landscape

Trang An – Tam Coc – Bich Dong Landscape are must-see nature views. The area is surrounded mostly by tall limestone peaks, beautifully swerving river ways and giant water rice fields that turn yellow when it’s harvest time. Once you are here you will feel like you have escaped the busy streets of Hanoi and found yourself in a lost mythical land of the past. You can buy a boat tour sailed by local people to go along the Ngo Dong River and through the three majestic caves.

3. How to get there: internship in Vietnam

The Trang An Landscape Complex is very easily assessable. You can choose different coaches or tour buses to come here. The price for a two-way coach ticket to Ninh Binh Province where Trang An is located usually ranges from $16-$20. Once you are in Ninh Binh, if you are feeling adventurous and can ride a scooter, there are stores where you can visit to hire a scooter or a motorbike. Another choice is to travel from one landscape to another by taxi. One of the popular tourist activities in Ninh Binh is to go biking along the green rice paddy fields and beautiful river system.  

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Biking through the lush green scenery like this is the dream. Photo source: Vietnam Focus.

4. An Alternative to Travelling: Internship in Vietnam

Travelling abroad is an amazing opportunity for you to learn, explore the world and understand yourself better, however, not everyone can afford the cost of travel. We believe that one’s budget should not deny them of valuable and even life-changing experiences like this and we have an alternative for you: get yourself an internship in Vietnam! Why? You will gain hands-on experience in your field, explore the endless newtworking opportunities in one of the most fast-growing economies of Southeast Asia, enjoy Vietnam’s affordable cost of living and above all earn a PAID internship to cover some of the expenses while you are here. 



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