Discover the beauty of Van Long Nature Reserve in Ninh Binh, Viet Nam

Van Long Nature Reserve brings you to one the most stunning landscapes in Vietnam with the nickname “a bay without waves” because the water is as calm as a giant mirror reflecting mountains and clouds.

Van Long Nature Reserve is situated in Gia Vien district along the Northeastern border of Ninh Binh Province. Van Long straddles seven communes (local Government administrative units) and is in the heartland of the populated centre of north-eastern Vietnam, 85km south of the capitol, Hanoi.

Firstly, Van Long is a large wetland and freshwater system. Secondly, the canals, lakes and streams wend through an island-like landscape of karst limestone mountains that harbour the only viable population of the Delacour Langur - one of the world’s most critically endangered species of primate (with less than 200 individuals remaining, globally). Without the protection afforded Van Long by the local community, and now by the Government and local authorities, it is highly probable that the Delacour langur would be the first primate extinction of the 21st Century.

The name Van Long dates back centuries, and the community has evidenced a robust capacity to harness the natural resources of Van Long through decades of intense conflict and change, without diminishing their resource base. The cultural significance of the wetland-karst landscape is a vital part of local folklore and sense of place.

Van Long is known as “the bay without waves” because when travelling on a boat on the lagoon, visitors will see the water surface as flat as a giant mirror.


Time to visit Van Long ecological area is about 1-1,5 hours.

If you come to Van Long in the afternoon, you may have the opportunity to admire many different type of birds flying in the sky. The idyllic landscape make everybody feel relaxed and peaceful.

The recommended time to visit Van Long is from September to April however it can be foggy and cold during winter 

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