The charm of Van Long wetlands
Van Long natural reserve is located in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province. About 90 kilometers from Hanoi, Van Long is not only a natural reserve of wetlands but also a cultural relic.
The Van Long wetland nature reserve was established in 1999; it has two Vietnam records: the home to the biggest community of Delacour's langur and the largest natural painting.
Van Long is a legendary land, a beautiful area and the largest natural reserve of wetlands. Here, guests can sit on a boat to visit Van Long. A large space with spectacular mountain ranges creates a natural wall surrounded by a vast expanse of water.
With an area of 3000 hectares, Van Long natural reserve has 32 beautiful grottoes such as: Ca Grotto, Bong Grotto, Rua Grotto, Chanh Grotto. Each grotto has an unique beauty.
The most beautiful grotto is Ca grotto in the Hoang Quyen Mountain. It is 250 meters length, 8 meters height and 10 meters width. The ceiling contains stalactites with strange shapes like animal, fish… There are many catfish, tilapia… According to legend, ancient people caught a fish weighing 45 kilograms so that it was named “Ca grotto”.
Thung Doi is the highest grotto with 210 meters above ground; the largest grotto is Bong grotto (16 meter). Mountains’ strange names includes: Nghien Mountain, Hom Sach Mountain, Da Ban Mountain, Meo Cao Mountain, Tien Co Mountain, Voi Dung Mountain, Canh Cong Mountain, Mo Coi Mountain…
In the Van Long forest, there are 457 species of higher plants. In particular, it has 8 species recorded in Vietnam Red list. Animals have 39 species, 12 species of rare animals such as white shorts langur accounted largest number in Vietnam, chamois, Bengal slow Loris, Asian black bear, stump-tailed macaque… In the 9 species recorded in Vietnam List such as: king cobra, water monitor, oriental Rat snake, lizards…
In the dry season, Van Long is the wintering place of migratory birds from the North. There are dozens of pheasants, grey heron, teal and hundreds of white stork, night herons… Coming to Van Long natural reserve, tourists should visit the “Thi tree”-600 years old, Chi Le Temple, Mai Trung Temple, Dich Long cave, historic relic of Dinh Tien Hoang…
Van Long wetlands is a place with attractive landscape. Van Long is known as “the bay without wave” because when on a boat, visitors will see a flat surface like a big mirror. Watercolor paintings are reflected by the strong sculpt of limestone: Meo Cao Mountain, Mam Xoi Mountain, Hom Sach Mountain, Da Ban Mountain, Nghien Mountain, Mo Coi Mountain, Co Tien Mountain…
The beauty of Van Long in picture:
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