Vân Long Nature Reserve

Last update 14:36 | 02/03/2017

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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Last update 08:00 | 21/09/2014

VietNamNet Bridge – Van Long Lagoon in the northern province of Ninh Binh holds two national records of Vietnam in 2010: the home to the largest community of Delacour’s langurs and the largest natural picture in Vietnam.

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.

Van Long Lagoon, Delacour's langurs

Van Long Lagoon, Delacour's langurs

Van Long Lagoon, Delacour's langurs

Van Long Lagoon, Delacour's langurs

Van Long Lagoon, Delacour's langurs

Van Long Lagoon, Delacour's langurs

Van Long Lagoon, Delacour's langurs

Van Long Lagoon, Delacour's langurs

Van Long Lagoon, Delacour's langurs

Van Long Lagoon, Delacour's langurs

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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