Van Long Nature Reserve
Van Long Nature Reserve
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  • kenny.
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful boat ride away from tourists
    Brought here by Ninh bình private day trip from Ha Noi as alternative boat ride in Trang an. Very calm, peaceful wetland surrounded by huge mountain range. On the ride we saw varieties of birds. We only met 2 other boats on the way back. Our guide said as it located a bit far from all the main sights in Ninh Binh so no tourist buses around. We didn’t see the langurs here but we heard the sound of them. So if you have time, recommend do this boat tour.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Bodil M
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    Peaceful paddle- boat tour through this rare and wonderful nature. Was lucky to see a monkey sitting anong the trees and also a little snake. But more than that was the peacefulnes gliding through the nature this way the best. We only met a few other tourists here.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Guide53752047682
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing time
    We went here instead of Tam coc and Trang An as wildlife is more for us and we were not disappointed. Took a private car from Tam Coc. Our lady boat rower was lovely and when she knew we loved wildlife and were not there for Instagram selfies she slowed down and stopped at all the little animals and birds that we could see this included Langurs, we had them right next to the boat for about half an hour, we could not believe how lucky we were. She never rushed us to move on. She even got excited at seeing them so close.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Ellie M
    Murray Bridge, Australia43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beat the crowds!
    Van Long Wetland was an amazing boat trip, 1 hr for $100,000 each. Only 3-4 other boats on the water. Many times we were the only boat we could see. Felt like having a private tour of the beautiful rock formations and water. We did a similar boat tour at Trang An, where there were hundreds of boats and unfortunately it was not peaceful at all. I would recommend Van Long, for a more private & less touristy option! Apparently there are free walks you can do instead of the boat ride, but we couldn't find where to access those
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 May 2024
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Matthew L
Brisbane, Australia10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Expectations are funny things. If you were expecting to see monkeys or defined bird watching success by how many birds there were then you could easily be disappointed. We really enjoyed this boat trip. We heard the monkeys and might have seen the tail of a departing one. The bird life was scarce but beautiful and what is not too like about being paddled around a wetland. The trip was a peaceful contrast to the Tràng An experience- we were almost the only boat there. Coming across some locals diving for clams was a highlight. Tràng an was spectacular- this was quite beautiful in an understated way. I would go again.
Written 22 May 2024
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Ellie M
Murray Bridge, Australia43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Van Long Wetland was an amazing boat trip, 1 hr for $100,000 each.
Only 3-4 other boats on the water. Many times we were the only boat we could see. Felt like having a private tour of the beautiful rock formations and water.
We did a similar boat tour at Trang An, where there were hundreds of boats and unfortunately it was not peaceful at all.

I would recommend Van Long, for a more private & less touristy option!
Apparently there are free walks you can do instead of the boat ride, but we couldn't find where to access those
Written 8 May 2024
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jay w
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Van Long nature reserve is a less crowded option to explore near Ninh Binh very peaceful boat trip. An alternative to Tam Coc.
Written 3 April 2024
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Chris H
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
If you are interested in the natural world then this is a lovely experience. More rustic than the more commercial boat trips but the wildlife is better. Binoculars would be useful.
Written 3 April 2024
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DaveO
Bath, UK14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Van Long wetlands boat trip didn't meet my expectations. One hour gentle row among the cliffs. You don't get far from the road - we were in sight of the road for half the time. Saw distant monkeys. The main impression of cranes were the industrial kind (pic). To avoid the crowds, i went late, got started on rowboat at 16:10, one of the last boats out. We were always in sight of other boats, sometimes a mini armada. There was no feeling of remote jungle. I thought the Tam Coc and Trang An boat trips were better - more crowded but better scenery.
Boats cost minimum 200k, or 100k per person, whichever is greater. Plenty of boats carried 3 touristos.As a friendless solo it was thus, quite expensive for me. The location on google and maps.me is problematic. If going by scooter, aim for Gia Van: the dock is at the top (north) end of that village. Loads of restaurants, shops etc. Driving via Trang An is by far the most pleasant route. I wish I'd gone earlier in the day and driven more of the little roads heading in to the karst from around GV - they were more promising, as yoozh, than the tourist destination. I never seem to learn.
Written 31 March 2024
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Guide53752047682
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We went here instead of Tam coc and Trang An as wildlife is more for us and we were not disappointed.
Took a private car from Tam Coc.
Our lady boat rower was lovely and when she knew we loved wildlife and were not there for Instagram selfies she slowed down and stopped at all the little animals and birds that we could see this included Langurs, we had them right next to the boat for about half an hour, we could not believe how lucky we were. She never rushed us to move on. She even got excited at seeing them so close.
Written 19 February 2024
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Bodil M
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Peaceful paddle- boat tour through this rare and wonderful nature. Was lucky to see a monkey sitting anong the trees and also a little snake. But more than that was the peacefulnes gliding through the nature this way the best. We only met a few other tourists here.
Written 29 November 2023
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kenny.
27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Brought here by Ninh bình private day trip from Ha Noi as alternative boat ride in Trang an. Very calm, peaceful wetland surrounded by huge mountain range. On the ride we saw varieties of birds. We only met 2 other boats on the way back. Our guide said as it located a bit far from all the main sights in Ninh Binh so no tourist buses around. We didn’t see the langurs here but we heard the sound of them. So if you have time, recommend do this boat tour.
Written 12 October 2023
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sensable
Philadelphia, PA17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
This is a very unique place in the world. The boat trip to find the delacour langur is peaceful and very nice. The accommodations and food are limited but you can make the most of it.
Written 8 October 2023
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Rahul K
Mumbai, India102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We were lucky to stay near this place and we could simply go near the reserve in the morning for a walk and it’s breathtakingly beautiful…

Whole road goes along the reserve for almost 16 kms and it’s sheer cliff side looks beautiful…

It’s amazing how calms and beautiful it is…

There are birds around and this is an ideal self space for anyone…

Enjoy riding your cycle or have a good walk when you are here
Written 17 September 2023
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