Van Long ecotourism resort in Ninh Binh province, about 80km away from Hanoi, is a fascinating destination for a day of fun and freedom to explore.
Overview of Van Long
Van Long lagoon is the largest wetland nature reserve in the Northern Delta, located in Gia Vien District, Ninh Binh Vietnam.
Van Long lagoon is not a natural lagoon but formed from the embankment of more than 30km long dyke on the left bank of the Day River to prevent flooding. Since then, Van Long lagoon has become an immense wetland, there are beautiful rocky islands and caves.
Especially, Van Long lagoon owns beautiful, simple and peaceful feng shui paintings. In addition, you can explore the mountains, gorgeous caves.
It covers an area of nearly 3,500 ha, the largest wetland reserve in the Northern Delta. Van Long, with a rich and unique ecosystem, is home to thousands of animals, plants, and aquatic creatures, of which, the most prominent species is the white langur which is endangered.
The diverse beauty of Van Long
Coming to Van Long with the guide of Ninh Binh cycling tour, you will have the interesting feeling of a “no wave bay” with calm water as the mirror, so you can see clearly the layers of moss under water. If you take a boat, for about an hour you can do some sightseeing all parts of the lake. Van Long has over 30 beautiful caves, many large caves are put into tourist attractions (in the high water season, there are some unreachable caves) such as Ca Cave, Bong Cave, Rua Cave, Chanh Cave, etc.
After going through the mountains, you will go to Ca cave, this is a half-submerged cave, 250m long, 8m high, 10m wide. The cave is located at the foot of the mountain, so after crossing the cave, to the other side of mountain, you will see a small valley surrounded by mountains, if you are lucky enough to come here in time – usually in the afternoon (about 15:30 – 16:30 ), you will have more chance to see langurs swinging from a branch to another and the storks flying back home.
In addition, there are some limestone blocks with the shapes similar to their named such as “Meo Cao” (Cat scratches – on the side of the mountain there is a “picture” like a cat scratch on the stone), Mam Xoi (Raspberry), Hom Sach (Book Coffer), Da Ban (Stone Table), etc.
Van Long Lagoon attracts visitors of amazing Ninh Binh tour by its natural beauty, tranquility, and peace, so when you come here, you should not laugh, make noise and break the quiet landscape of the lagoon. If you are a photography enthusiast, you should talk to the boatman beforehand so they can help you get to the points in Van Long.
Traveling to Van Long, Ninh Binh, you can not only enjoy the natural scenery of the river, admire the limestone mountains in the landscape … but also enjoy specialties such as Ninh Binh scorch rice, salted fish salad, rice noodles with fish, fried rice, etc.
Van Long wetland is one of the great destinations when traveling to Ninh Binh because of its majestic mountains, clear blue water and also a variety of rare plants and animals. You can sit on a boat floating on water surface, under the water appear the moss and algae as beautiful colorful coral. Water is so clean that not only the moss, aquatic creatures under the lake but also the clouds, majestic mountains reflected in the lake can be seen.