Van Long Nature Reserve – Ninh Binh

Van Long Nature Reserve is located in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province, about 90 kilometers from Hanoi to the south. Van Long is considered as the largest natural reserve of wetlands in Vietnam. It was chosen as one of the main filming location of Hollywood blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island”.

The best thing to do in Van Long Nature Reserve is taking a rowing boat trip to contemplate the spectacular limestone mountains scenery. Going deeper into the lagoon, the riotousness of modern life is gradually replaced by the sounds of oar, fishes, amphibians, hubbub grass in the wind. Under clear water, mosses and algae winding intermittently according to waves make a charming and lively natural picture.

With an area of 3000 hectares, Van Long nature reserve has 32 beautiful grottoes. Some of these are Ca Grotto, Bong Grotto, Rua Grotto, Chanh Grotto, each grotto has an unique beauty. Known as the most beautiful grotto, Ca Grotto has 250 meters length, 8 meters height and 10 meters width. Its ceiling is stalactites with strange shapes like animal, fish, etc. According to legend, ancient people used to catch a fish with 45 kilograms weight, which is origin to form the name “ Ca Grotto”

In the Van Long forest, there are 457 species of higher plants. In particular, 8 species has been recorded in Vietnam Red list. Among 39 species of animals, 12 species is considers as rare animals such as white shorts langur boasted largest number in Vietnam, in turn, chamois, Bengal slow Loris, Asian black bear, stump-tailed macaque, etc. In the species recorded in Vietnam List, it contains king cobra, water monitor, oriental Rat snake, lizards…

Along with its beautiful natural scenery, Van Long Wetland Natural Reverse also has many special cultural relics such as Hong Nuong Temple, Mau Temple, Thung La Temple, Thanh Son Pagoda, Dich Long Pagoda…

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