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Non Touristy Day trip out of Hanoi – Trang An Vietnam

November 6, 2016 0 Comments


Trang An Vietnam

Finding a Non-Touristy day trip out of Hanoi was on our agenda when we found Trang An.

Tam Coc is very popular and on the main tourist trail, well known for rice paddies and limestone rock formations while being rowed around in what we called the peanut shell boats by locals Vietnamese.  It would have been very tempting to do what most do, but we wanted a similar experience but on a more personal scale and with fewer tourists.

We found Trang An, a two-hour drive by air-conditioned van from Hanoi. Included in the $12 USD pp tour costs, was lunch at a newly built restaurant, immaculate presentation with a large buffet menu on offer. We could help ourselves to as much or as little local food as we wanted.

Once our tummies were full we were taken to several temples and rowed by boat around local waterways, seeing local life by the rivers and enjoying the hot Vietnamese sun.  Today was the hottest day in our travels at 39 degrees and 95% humidity.

Trang An Temple and burning incense Drinking pure water from a mountain stream in Vietnam

John was drinking the purest of water coming from the limestone rock formations. Never mind the fact the cup was used by many.

Row Boat tour guide Trang An

Our lovely tour guide. No English spoken but a smile says it all.

Fishing Boat Trang An Vietnam

Fishing boat used by Local Vietnamese

Trang An rowing boat Buffalo cooling down in Vientam

Even this buffalo thought it was too hot for lounging around and found refuge in the water.

Vietnamese Tourists in Trang AnLimestone Mountains Trang An

Scenes like this with gorgeous row boats, limestone mountains and waterways was abundant during our time on the water.

Trang An Ducks

Lead the way little duckies.

Love the fact that even though these ducks will end up on someone’s dinner plate, they are free range and get to enjoy life on the river as ducks should.

Riverside home Trang An Vietnam

Beautiful rustic home by the river. Can you see this place being used as a B&B?

non touristy day trip Hanoi

Umbrellas and local hats were a must for our hot but lovely row boat ride

Non Touristy Day Trip from Hanoi

Local Temple by the river


2016-11-07_0015 Fish farm Trang An Vietnam

Fish farming.  Just enough for a family, no commercial companies here.

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