Van Long Nature Reserve

Van Long Nature Reserve, Ninh Binh: Address, Van Long Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Van Long Nature Reserve
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Very beautiful landscape, they have about 9 wonderful caves.
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aurelieche2016
Hanoi, Vietnam4 contributions
Aug 2020
Definitely one of our highlights of the trip. I visited this place with my husband and during our visit to Van Long Nature Reserve we got to see beautiful reflections in the waters and the prettiest water lilies. Definitely a must for lovers of flowers :)
Written August 26, 2020
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Jean D
Nantes, France7 contributions
May 2020
Perfect for a romantic couple getaway! My wife and I really enjoyed it, and we recommend to do this trip in the late afternoon for amazing sunset views
Written May 28, 2020
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RG02
Swindon, UK238 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
It was a dull day when we visited but that didn’t spoil our enjoyment of Van Long. Our lady rower spoke a little English and took the time to explain much that we saw as we went around. Several boats overtook us as we were rowed at a more leisurely pace but this meant we could take in so much more. We came to what looked like the turning point in our journey, all of the boats ahead went briefly inside a cave before coming back out for the return journey. We entered the cave expecting to do the same but were told ‘heads down’ as we ventured further in, soon we saw some light ahead, this was our ‘exit’. We had come through into a beautiful, quiet oasis, no other boats around us. A circular route through some lovely scenery brought us back to the point to re-enter the cave before continuing back to our starting point via a different waterway. The only disappointment was that we didn’t see any langur monkeys as we had been told they were in the area. A lovely different trip, do it if you can spare some time.
Written March 31, 2020
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Henry_Chloe
Asia534 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Luckily we chose this place in the best season! Getting on the sampan, all we need to do was relaxing and admiring the scene along the river.
We had wonderful time on the late Valentine’s Day...
Written March 20, 2020
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Jacqueline R
3 contributions
Jan 2020
Nice boat trip with nice scenery. The Langurs weren’t very accommodating as they were far away from the boat and there were only four of them but we also saw some interesting birds including a Kingfisher.
Written February 25, 2020
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anikgupta_virgo
New Delhi, India16 contributions
Jan 2020
I went to Van long Nature reserve with more expectations than what i had in reality. i already had similar experience hence it was not surprising or very good for me. but few fellow travellers enjoyed it.
Written January 26, 2020
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Cameron Y
Auckland, New Zealand335 contributions
Dec 2019
Shorter boat ride than the others in Tam Coc and Trang An. OK if you have spare time. Boat ride is about 1hr
Written January 20, 2020
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Josefer M
Newfoundland, Canada30 contributions
Nov 2019
You will appreciate the most hiding gardens and wild treasures that one of the most beautiful areas of Vietnam give you to fulfil the senses. The have trails and hiking unforgettables the prices very reasonables and the culinary culture wonderful.
Written January 16, 2020
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Rico
403 contributions
Oct 2019
Of all the river rowboat rides that we took around Ninh Binh, we agreed that this one was our favorite because of the Wildlife and nature. We saw so many fish and snails in the water and it was truly a natural setting nothing manmade or built except of course the little rustic rowboats. We had a wonderful guide, she couldn’t speak to us but, she showed up the monkeys in the trees, the snails and their pink larvae, fishes and seaweeds. She took us through a very tight cave and around about back out. It was a very memorable trip. I think for that it was the best.
Written December 15, 2019
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Oerderan
Brisbane, Australia30 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
There are a few boat tours on offer in and around Ninh Binh, but as we had already explored the Phong Nha Cave by boat recently, we figured that it would be difficult to trump, so we were looking for something a bit different. The Ramsar listed Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve proved to be a wise choice. My 15 year old son and I did some reading up on the site and we were keen to see the critically endangered Delacour’s langurs in the wild. The spectacular backdrop and proximity to our accommodation was an added bonus.
However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. We specifically asked the tour operators on shore to see the monkeys, in the hope we would be assigned a guide with a talent for finding them. Amazingly, the various guides on the Wetland shore attempted to spot the monkeys by eye hundreds of metres away on their limestone karst homes.
After launching into the wetlands, our guide, worryingly rowed directly toward an area where motorised equipment was being used to conduct weeding in the conservation area. I think it’s great that efforts are being made to prevent weeds from taking over the wetlands, but what hope would we have in spotting the langurs with all of this commotion? I’m not a monkey expert, but I was certain that the monkey spotting expedition was not going to reap any rewards for us.
And that’s where this story takes a turn. Our guide seemed to be heading back toward our boat launch when he took a change in direction. We suddenly found ourselves alone in the wetlands and in relative tranquility despite only having left the noisy weeders 5-10 minutes earlier. And then suddenly a langur family appeared at the base of the limestone karst outcrop. After an initial flurry of amateur photographing, we sat back and watched the langur family slowly ascend the limestone cliff face foraging as they went, as the sun slowly set over the wetlands. Sheer beauty!
It’s also worth mentioning here that tips are expected by the guides, which caught us off guard. It’s not in my homeland’s custom to give tips and I thought that of Vietnam as well, until we tried bidding farewell to our guide. I fumbled the tip giving process and was unable to appease my guide.
Lastly, I wish there were an interpretation centre at the Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve. It’s natural assets definitely deserve it and may help bolster their conservation efforts.
Written December 12, 2019
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