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van long nature reserve - Ethereal Wonder

By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 1/5/2019

Van Long Nature Reserve is the legendary land, the beautiful tourist area, and the largest wetland natural reservation area in North Delta. It is also considered the reserve of historical-cultural values, and an ideal eco-tourism as well.

Van Long Nature Reserve in harvest season

Far about 82 km from Hanoi capital to the south, Van Long Nature Reserve is situated in the north of Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh province. It was built by the Association of Forest Investigation and Zoning based on a community self-management model sponsored by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Vietnam. As the transition region between the plain and the mountainous region, the reserve retains the diverse and varied terrain, including a tropical forest ecosystem in karst and the vast system of marshes. Heaving rock islands standing in immense waters has turn Van Long into a unique complex and charming landscapes, a great potential land in Ninh Binh tourism. Van Long is now a bewitching attraction in Ninh Binh luring numerous both domestic and foreign tourists on the journey to discover Ninh Binh. Along with the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, Tam Coc - Bich Dong, Cuc Phuong National Park..., Van Long Nature Reserve has now become a must-see spot for tourists to Ninh Binh travel. Tourists who come to admire the reserve will have the opportunity to view rich flora and fauna within the most bio-diversified wetland in Vietnam, according to research by national and international scientists.

Van Long Nature Reserve 

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 also Ninh Binh’s attraction 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.

Sailing the boat through the caves in

Van Long Nature Reserve 

.Beside forest area mainly in the karst, Van Long also retains the largest system of wetland swamp in North Delta. It is considered as "the Bay of no wave" thanks to the immense waters adorned with wonderful grass and waterlily floating to the beat of wave. Enormous melaleuca forest tracts and countless white storks in the sunset much create an extremely capticating Van Long. A panorama of Van Long looks like a Ink wash painting reflecting majestic limestone into the smooth water surface, such as Meo Cao Mountain, Mam Xoi Mountain, Hom Sach Mountain, Da Ban Mountain, Nghien Mountain, Mo Coi Mountain, Tien Mountain...

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The fantastic view in Van Long Nature Reserve

Van Long Nature Reserve is worth an engaging tourism spot in Ninh Binh. 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.

The particular view in Van Long Nature Reserve

Duration: 3 Days

Start from Hanoi → Hoa Binh Reservoir (Boat Ride) → Mai Chau Valley (Trekking) → Ninh Binh (Sampan Riding & Bicycling) → End in Hanoi

Duration: 3 Days

Start from: Hanoi → Tam Coc → Bich Dong Pagoda → Hang Mua → Tuyet Tinh Coc → Van Long Nature Reserve → Cuc Phuong National Park → End in: Hanoi

Duration: 4 Days

Start from Hanoi → Mai Chau Valley (Trekking) → Ninh Binh (Tam Coc & Bich Dong) →Halong Bay (Overnight on boat) → End in Hanoi

Duration: 1 Days

Start from Hanoi → Tam Coc (Boat Ride & Bike) → Bich Dong Pagoda → End in Hanoi

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.

Not only having bestowed a stunning scenery, but Van Long wetland is also preferred for the diversity of ecosystems. Along with two main, namely terrestrial ecosystems formed in Kaster and aquatic ecosystems formed in low-lying areas, the reserve comprises ecosystem of residential accommodation. Each brings its own characteristics, yet on the conservation standpoint, there are two ecosystems especially valuable. Limestone Mountains are inhabited by species of Delacour's Langur and numerous precious flora and fauna. Meanwhile, the swamp ecosystem is home to conserve of typical flora of Red River Delta, and waterfowl migrating from the north.

In particular, locating adjacent Van Long Nature Reserve is an ecological service complex with complete living facilities, which was built on the basis of the harmonious combination of Western modern architecture and classical Oriental architecture, especially the architecture of Hue Ancient Capital and the traditional villages in Red River Delta. It is promisingly an ideal stop for lovers of unspoiled nature. Van Long is considered as a unique and appealing eco-tourism attracting a large number of tourists, contributing to promoting Ninh Binh tourism to international friends.

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