Around 80 kilometers from Hanoi, Van Long Nature Reserve in Gia Van Commune, Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh Province is as beautiful as a painting.
The site is where tourists can come to find peace in a tranquil atmosphere. Although it was opened for tourism in 1998, Van Long is still as primitive as ever. It remains an attractive destination for local and foreign visitors.
Along with Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex and Tam Coc-Bich Dong National Park in the province, Van Long Nature Reserve is considered an overland equivalent of Halong Bay with imposing cliffs and mountains and vast lakes which form a stunning scene.
Van Long has 33 caves of different sizes but only some of them are open to tourists.
Coming to the site, tourists should take bamboo basket boat tours to see Delacour’s langur in Ca Cave and the shades of mountains reflected on the crystal clear water surface in Bong Cave.
A sightseeing trip by boat takes around one hour and a half and costs VND75,000 (nearly US$3.4) per adult . Tourists should take the tour early in the morning to watch the site at dawn, or late in the afternoon to admire the breathtaking view of flocks of storks returning to their nests at sunset.
Van Long Nature Reserve holds two national records: the biggest community of Delacour’s langur and the largest natural painting.
The biggest wetland nature reserve site in the northern delta with an area of 3,500 hectares is home to thousands of terrestrial and aquatic animals and plants.
Among them are rare and endangered species such as waterfowl, giant water bug which is in Vietnam’s Red Book, and Delacour’s langur, a critically endangered species at home and abroad.
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Van Long is the largest wetland natural conservation area in the north. This reserve is located in the northeast of Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province.
Surrounded by limestone mountains and spectacular caves, Van Long Lagoon is becoming an attractive eco-tourism site for domestic and foreign tourists.
Van Long Lagoon is also the largest wetland reserve in northern Vietnam, with thousands of fauna and floral species, including many rare species such as white-hipped langur, Tibetan bear, antelope, big loris, red-faced monkeys, leopards, etc. It also has charming and poetic scenery and many relics.
Van Long also has 32 beautiful caves such as Ca, Bong, Rua, Chanh… Each cave has its original beauty. Van Long is not only a submerged nature reserve but also a site of historical heritage. It is a mecca for eco-tourism but also a place to study ideal for researchers, students and Vietnamese and foreign students
Van Long was opened for tourists in 1998 and is now a major tourist destination of the country.
The beauty of Van Long Lagoon has attracted both Vietnamese and international tourists, scientists, photographers and businesspeople. Traveling by boat on the lagoon, tourists can see Delacour’s langurs drinking water at the mountain foot or exposing themselves to the sun on the mountain top.