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Previously, Kenh Ga Van Trinh was well known to visitors for its services including bathing in Kenh Ga mineral hot springs and visiting Van Trinh cave.
In addition to the two basic locations and services above, this is also a complex of eco-tourism, convalescence, sports, spirituality, discovery and experience, treatment, events, research… associated with the natural landscapes and the system of monuments.
- The sports and resort complex borders the Hoang Long river dike to the South.
- Parks, shopping areas, restaurants and attractions are located in the Southwest.
- The water park area is to the north of Hoang Long river.
- Farming areas are in the Northeast.
- The sports and resort complex borders the Hoang Long River to the West.
- The bedlake area is created by Hoang Long River and the mountain system, lakeside resorts are located in the foothills of the East and Southeast.
Entrance Fee Tickets
- Entrance ticket: 15,000vnd/person
- Ticket for bathing hot mineral pool: 75,000vnd/person
- Free for children under 1 meter tall
This price had been applied before the Kenh Ga hot spring resort was closed for repairs. It is possible to be changed after reopening with a new look.
Kenh Ga hot spring is located in Kenh Ga village, Gia Thinh commune, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. The stream flows out from the heart of a mountain located on Kenh Ga floating village and runs into the Hoang Long tributary.
This is a well-known mineral spring that is among Top 5 hot spring tourist attractions in Vietnam, according to the Vietnam Record Book Center
Kenh Ga Floating Village
Kenh Ga junction is the confluence of the Boi and Lang rivers into the Hoang Long River; it is known as Vong Am because the weather is always warm and numerous fish and aquatic creatures congregate and reside there.
Since ancient times, there has been a fishing village, known as Kenh Ga floating village, where Kenh Ga hot spring is located. To get there, visitors must take a boat through Hoang Long tributaries to a remote village in the limestone area of Gia Vien lowland, Ninh Binh. This floating village is surrounded by the Hoang Long river system.
Van Trinh Cave
It is located in Mo mountain in Thuong Hoa commune, Nho Quan district, Ninh Binh province. Van Trinh cave is a large and one of the most beautiful caves in Ninh Binh, along with Thien Ha cave, Tien Ca cave, and Vai Gioi cave.
The cave is situated in a mountain over a hundred meters high. The entrance to the cave lies in the middle of the mountain, about 40 meters high above the ground.
What can you find in Van Trinh Cave?
Taking a boat ride on Hoang Long river to the foot of Mo mountain, along the mountainside, tourists will reach Van Trinh cave.
Van Trinh cave is also known as Giang Tien cave. This name comes from a legend about a fairy, the god’s daughter who came to earth and built a bath tank inside a cave to help parents raise healthy children. When she returned to heaven, locals built a temple in front of the cave to commemorate her contribution and gave it the name “Giang Tien cave”.
The cave gate is 15 meter from the foot of the mountain, so after climbing 77 stairs, visitors can get there . At this height, you may view the beauty of floating clouds mingling with immense green trees and enjoy the fresh and airy air.
Then you will feel lost in a mystical and vast maze after passing through the gate and down 37 steps. The cave’s stunning stalactites come in a variety of shapes with layers upon layers, giving it an astounding beauty.
In tranquil space, you can even hear the sound of water falling from stalactites, creating mountainous natural sounds.
The cave acts as a giant air conditioner, making visitors feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Ticket price: 15,000vnd/person
How to get to Kenh Ga Hot Spring – Van Trinh?
Kenh Ga – Van Trinh tourist area is located in Gia Vien and Nho Quan districts in Ninh Binh province. Therefore, getting to the destination is very convenient.
Traveling by motorbike or personal car
If visitors depart from Hanoi, follow National Highway 1A for more than 80km to Gian Khau junction (Gia Tran commune), then turn to road 477. After passing Me town, you will arrive at Dong Chua Station. From here, to enter Kenh Ga floating village, visitors take a boat on the Hoang Long River.
Traveling by coach
Besides, visitors can take coach trips running from Hanoi to Ninh Binh at bus stations such as Giap Bat and My Dinh. Ticket price ranges from 80,000 VND to 120,000 VND per person.
It takes just over 2 hours and visitors will arrive in Ninh Binh city, then continue to move to Dong Chua Station to take a boat to Kenh Ga. In addition, visitors can also choose a high-quality limousine service, which takes just more than 1 hour to arrive in Ninh Binh.
Traveling by train
Taking the train from Hanoi station to Ninh Binh station will take more than 2 hours with a ticket price of about 100,000 VND/ticket (depending on seat type). Although the travel time is a bit long, in return, visitors will be able to admire the natural scenery along the train line.
Traveling by plane
For tourists from Tay Nguyen, South Central, Southern and Western provinces, taking a flight to Noi Bai airport and then starting the journey with one of the three options above is the most convenient. Or, if you want to experience traveling by rail, a trip from South to North is also an interesting experience.
However, to save time and ensure health, traveling by plane then taking a motorbike or coach trip is the most optimal choice.
What’s the best time to visit Kenh Ga Hot Spring?
In general, tourism in Ninh Binh is very active all year round with extremely famous places such as: Trang An, Bai Dinh pagoda…. Therefore, every season here has its own beauty and so does Kenh Ga Van Trinh.
But to go to Kenh Ga hot mineral spring and explore Van Trinh cave, early summer and autumn is probably the most ideal time. The weather at this time is less rainy with light sunshine, which is suitable for soaking in hot springs then exploring some other places in Ninh Binh.
If you come to Kenh Ga in the right season, you will feel this place is like a bobbing island with waves around. Traveling on the wooden boat, visitors will see the extremely beautiful scenery of the floating village.
Note: Kenh Ga – Van Trinh tourist area is still under construction, so if you want to take a dip in hot mineral water, currently only services from the locals are available with tickets ranges as follows:
100,000 VND – 200,000 VND/adult and 50,000 VND. – 100,000 VND/child.
What can visitors do in Kenh Ga mineral hot spring?
Relaxing in the mineral hot springs
Kenh Ga hot spring is known for its mineral-rich, clear, and odorless water. The water temperature here is roughly 53 degrees Celsius, making it extremely beneficial to the health and even aiding in the treatment of certain ailments. Soaking in a warm mineral spring helps refresh the spirit, beautify the skin, exfoliate the skin, circulate blood, and strengthen bones and muscles.
Therefore, this site has become a renowned tourist destination, offering massages, herbal baths, and other extra services.
Going on Boat along the floating village
This is one of the most interesting activity for you when visit to Kenh Ga tourist sites. From the boat wharf, you can hire a bamboo boat or motorboat to relaxing one-hour boat trip along the village for sightseeing, take picture, and experiencing the daily life of the local people.
People living in the village seem to spend most of their life on the boat; here you can see the men catching fish, the children coming to school, the housewives going to market and so on; boats are totally necessary for all the activities in the village of Hoang Long river.
Experience Japanese-Onsen bathing services
Visitors to Kenh Ga can relax in a 50-70 person hot mineral water tank with 16 jacuzzis. If you prefer a private space to enjoy the quietness, herbal baths with Japanese-designed soak tank systems are worth a try. You can also regulate the water temperature of this bathing type to your preference.
The tourist site staff will assist visitors in preparing healthy herbs so that you can experience the most relaxing moments possible. Additionally, each bathroom features a huge window that allows you to enjoy the scenery outside while soaking in hot water.
Immersing in the picturesque beauty of the scenery
Visitors must ride a boat on the Hoang Long river before reaching Kenh Ga hot mineral spring. This offers a great chance to take in the beautiful scenery, which is a harmonious blend of nature and local life. It is that the poetic and peaceful scenery here, as well as the fresh air, will undoubtedly help you away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The surrounding scenery of hot mineral springs flowing from Ca Cave is enchanting even on foggy days. If visiting this place in the early morning, visitors will feel lost in the dreamy fairyland.
Apart from the hot mineral springs, you can visit Nham Hao cave, Van Trinh cave, Luon cave, Hang But – Hang Toan mountains, Co Ngua mountain, Lac Khoa pagoda, Lien Huy pagoda, Phuc Hung pagoda, To Vo temple, and Kenh Ga church. Kenh Ga is also known for its specialities, including Gia Vien shrimp paste and Hoang Long sweet potatoes.
What to eat in Kenh Ga?
Kenh Ga is not only a famous tourism place, Another special thing about this place is Specialties Food. Here are some special dishes you should to try when to travel here. Shrimp paste Gia Vien and sweet potatoes Hoang Long are renowned as 2 specialties of this place, along with goat meat, crispy rice cracker, fish salad and mountainous snail.
Where to stay?
Kenh Ga is around 40 kilometers from Ninh Binh’s city center, therefore visitors should stay right in the city center to make it easier to find appropriate lodging as well as to visit other tourist attractions.
If you prefer to stay in a homestay, there are some options in Trang An and Tam Coc that you can consider.
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Homestays in Trang An
Homestay near Trang An is a good option for tourists who want to be close to nature while still being accessible to tourist sites. You do, however, only have a restricted number of options to pick from.
The most convenient way to book an accommodation is through Agoda. You will have a number of lodging alternatives to pick from, including hotels, homestays, and resorts, as well as a variety of discount codes to use when making your reservation.
Homestays in Tam Coc
- Tam Coc Family Homestay
Address: Group 3, Van Lam Village, Ninh Hai Commune
- Tam Coc Central Bungalow
Address: Group 1, van lam, ninh hai, hoa lu,ninh binh
- Tam Coc Holiday Hotel & Villa
Address: Van Lam Village, Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District
- Tam Coc Horizon Bungalow
Address: Thai Vi Temple, Van Lam, Ninh Hai, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh, Vietna
- Hang Mua Homestay
Address: Hang Mua, Khe Ha, Ninh Xuan, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh
Travel map in Ninh Binh
You can easily plan your own itinerary to Kenh Ga – Van Trinh in particular and Ninh Binh province in general using this travel map because each tourist spot, with the exception of Kenh Ga and Cuc Phuong, is not far apart.
Tourist destinations near Kenh Ga: