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Van Long Nature Reserve

Address: Ninh Binh, Vietnam
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Ninh Binh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Very beautiful landscape, they have about 9 wonderful caves.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Very beautiful landscape, they have about 9 wonderful caves.
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London, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We did two trips on the lake - one in the morning which was nice for kingfishers and other birds and on in the late afternoon when we saw the langurs. Take binoculars if you are interested in wildlife. Our guide told us there is a much better chance of langurs in the afternoon. The whole experience is lovely -... More 

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112 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This place is spectacular. Breathtaking (low) mountains and some caves that the river passes through. You ride on a skiff through crystal clear water and really drink in the tranquility and unspoiled nature of the place. Birds are abundant, and although we weren't lucky, apparently there are a species of monkey that live in the nature reserve. The water flows... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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101 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Great, Awesome, Splendid. Of the three options, that I know of, in Ninh Binh for casual river guides this one was the most relaxing. Little to no tourist, no one selling you crafts from there boat. Rent a scooter and find your way out there. Best way to do it. It's also ridiculously cheap compared to Trang An and Tam... More 

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San Francisco, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Our guide dropped us off first thing in the morning. We felt taken advantage of because he disappeared for 1.5 hours with the driver and we could have hired a boat on our own and just walked from the Emeralda.. Instead the highly recommended Ninh Binh guide on TA, didn't say anything about not accompanying us until we were in... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We loved it here, it was so quiet and peaceful we enjoyed our trip with a very nice old lady. It's a trip for about an hour and a half. No touristtraps. We didnt see any monkeys but the mountains and view were awesome!

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Van Long is a perfect choice for you, if you love the nature. 2 hours on the boat and admire the mountain and river...

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SAN JOSE
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

After touring Tam Coc in Ninh Binh Provence, my 2 photography partners (Vietnamese) took me to Van Long. Only about 5 boats were out, late afternoon, not so hot weather wise. I had a solo boat, woman was amazing rolling the reserve. We did see the endanger monkey 7 of them come out of the mountain side. Cheap $$ to... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It's a short boat ride (less than 1 hour) but it's definitely worth a visit! The place was so serene and quiet, only a few boat operators (less than 10?) showing that this place is not really favored by tourists - but it doesn't mean this place is not beautiful. The way to Van Long was also lovely, you got... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is very lovely and very good value. About an hour long leisurely boat ride through the wetlands with gorgeous karsts and great flocks of birds flying over to nest in nearby trees. We went in late afternoon, after 4 pm, and it was lovely. That said, perhaps this place is getting more popular? There weren't a ton a ton... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Lovely place to spend a couple of hours, the boat trip was extremely peaceful and relaxing. We spent the afternoon here and took two boats out and felt under no pressure to tip or pay the people who were rowing, unlike sone of the other spots we had visited in the area. Great

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