Van Long Nature Reserve area belongs to Ninh Binh province and is located around 80 kilometers from Hanoi city, which is also an extrememly interesting spot for one-day trip. If you are planning to travel to this beautiful place, our below experience and instructions for fully exploring Van Long should not be missed

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Cruising boat trip at van long

Travelling experience of Van Long Nature Reserve

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Van Long Nature Reserve

Some basic characteristics about Van Long Nature Reserve, Ninh Binh

Van Long is the largest waterlogged nature reserve of Northern Delta, belonging to Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh. It has very diversified and unique ecological system and is a favourite residence of many types of fauna, consiting of over 40 kinds of delacours’s langur.

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Harbor at van long nature reserve

Particularly, Van Long water land also owns very picturesque, simple but very peaceful landscape.  Apart from this, you can also explore rolling mountains and wonderful caves here.

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Van long nature reserve in sunset

What’s The Best Time for visiting Van Long

What is the most ideal time for visiting Van Long to have great trip? It depends on the speed of rowing boats, which is normally from 1 to 1.5 hour in average that you can explore all of this amazing spot.

You should visit Van long in afternoon if you would like to enjoy a peace of sunset on van long. And you will see a lot of bird on that time

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Peaceful at Van long

Entrance Fee Ticket of Van Long Nature Reserve

Address: Gia Van commune, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province

Contact number: 030. 3868798

Ticket price

  • Landscape ticket: 20.000 VND per visitor
  • Boat ticket: 60.000 VND per  boat with 2 visitors
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Visiting Boat Trip at Van Long Nature Reserve

How to travel to Van Long Nature Reserve

This is our instruction to Van Long: From Hanoi you can catch a coach from Giap Bat station or by train at Hanoi garage, which takes you around 2 hours.

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Van long nature reserve tourist map

It often takes you around half of a day to explore the whole of Van Long, so you should combine it with other attractions like: Bai Dinh pagoda or mineral hot spring and Ga canal

Where to stay when taking a trip to Van Long?

Where to stay when you plan to visit Van Long? Because travellers often spend only one day going sightseeing of this place, the system of hotels and accomodations are not attached great importance to

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Tam coc panaroma homestay in ninh binh – Image Source: Internet

Some low-priced, attractive hotels and resorts

  • Ninh Binh Emeralda Resort , located at Tap Ninh village , Gia Van commune, Gia Vien district, Van Long water land, Ninh Binh province, offers the price from 2.259.738 VND
  • Van Long homestay , located at Noi village, Gia Lap commune, Gia Vien district, Van Long water land, Ninh Binh , offers the price from 311.629 VND
  • Huong Tra hotel, located at Gian Khau three-way crossroad, Van Long water land, Ninh Binh, offers the price from 245.389 VND
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Tuan Ngoc Hotel in Ninh Binh Over View – Image Source: Internet

What are attractive things about Van Long?

Van Long water land is not a natural one. It is formed by a dike at the left bank of Day river against floods, which turns Van Long into a very large waterlogged area with stunning caves and stone islands.

After going through mountains, the next destination is Ca cave, which is half afloat and half sank and 250 meters in length and 8 meters in height. To watch flying langurs and storks, you should visit in the afternoon at around 3:30 pm to 4:30

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Many bird are living at Van Long

On the way to Van Long, you will have the opportunity to admire amazing limestone mountains with differently strange shapes like: scratching cat, bookcase, raspberry, etc..

If you intend to take photographs, you can discuss with the rower in advance so that they can take you to all intresting spots at Van Long (taking you around 2 hours)

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Sunset at Van Long

Van Long cuisine

Taking a trip to Van Long, you will  not only melt into the natural landscape of rivers, mountainers, admire differently-shaped limestone, but also have the chance to try specialities like: Ninh Binh scorched rice, field anabas noodles and pisodonophis boror spring rolls

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What to eat in Van Long

Recommendations of famous and delicious restaurants in Van Long

  • Van Long restaurant, located at Gia Van commune, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh, is opposite Van Long toursim area. Contact number: 030 3641 248.
  • Lua Vang restaurant  belongs to Lua Vang hotel and is around 2 kilometers from Van Long tourism area. Contact number: : 0303 658.585
  • Bao Minh Ngoc restaurant:Contact number: 0912562360, 0912563260
  • Leaf House Speciality Restaurant: Contact number: 0989920166
  • Both of the above resturants are opposite Lua Vang one

Duy Du and Thu Dao restaurants , which are both opposite Van Long restaurant and serve  specialities of Ninh Binh like: Nam Dinh beaf noodles, Ninh Binh eel vermicelli, etc.., also a great choice for delicious food at Van Long 

A special disher in ninh binh

Tips for visiting to Van Long Nature Reserve

  • You should carry your own hat because of the boiling weather in the summer
  • You should go on a boat with 3 vistors, more than this is not safe
  • You should also show your pleasant attitude to boatmen because they will take you to all places of Van Long water land. Besides, you can also give a tip of around 40.000 VND to 50.000 VND to them.

We hope that the above experience and detailed suggestions about Van Long water land in 2019 in terms of when to visit, means of visiting, cuisine, etc will give you useful and necessary information for you to have a great trip.

How are you planning to explore the area? Share your feedback or your questions in the comments below!

Van Long Nature Reserve in Ninh Binh
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