From Hanoi we did a day trip to Bai Dinh Temple and Trang An. Bai Dinh Temple is the largest Buddhist complex in Vietnam. Once we reach the Bai Dinh Temple entrance, we need to pay a extra 60000 dong per person for a electric-car ride to the main building entrance.
A never-ending pathway, with 500 huge Arhat statue along the side of it. The holes on the wall is a place you get to put a golden Buddha statue if you donate more then USD500 to the temple.
This is one of the pagoda, once you get up there you can have a good 360 degree view of the Buddhist complex.
This is one of the main temple, at the right is the tallest Buddhist Pagoda in the ASEAN.
The interior of the temples is very impressive, the size of the statue makes us feel so small, the carving/ornamentation around the pillars are in such delicate detail. Was fast enough to set up my tripod and took this long exposure shot of the interior. This is the interior of one building, other building are also similar.
As the place is so big, you can find many quite corner around the temple with staff minding their own business. 🙂
Unoccupancy or unnecessary?
The sun is so intense! Few second walking without shade will make you dripping. 😦 After a quick tour around the complex, we hopped on to our bus and headed for our lunch. Trying some new thing there, their local goat meat, it’s a very interesting taste but the meat is very tender and juicy. 🙂 wouldn’t mind to try it again. After our lunch at the small restourant, we headed to the Trang An Eco-Tourism tour.
The Trang An eco-Tourism tour is basically a river cruise on a small boat/raft going through some very tight caves.
As you can see here, the cave is not so much bigger then our boat.
In the cave you can barely see, but you need to dodge all the rock and stalactites popping out of the cave’s roof. Minimal lighting in the caves, but it’s kinda exiting for the first few caves we go through.
Using high ISO for in-cave shots, the boatman can basically push around the inert of the cave to maneuver around. 😛
After getting board of going through cave after cave, everyone just helped to row the boat. The exhausted boatman uses his leg to row the boat and they are over taking us. 🙂 Then I got blamed as I am the heaviest on our boat. 😀 After a couple of hour going through narrow water cave and boat rowing under the bright afternoon sun, we ended our day trip and headed back to Hanoi.