Van Long is another spot for nature lovers who want to discover Vietnam wildlife. It is actually the biggest wetland reserve in Northern Vietnam which is home to a number of Vietnamese species like monkeys, reptiles, and especially birds. Some of them are the endangered ones.
It is a unique complex and charming landscapes with heaving rock islands standing in immense water. As the transition region between the plain and the mountainous region, the reserve retains the diverse and varied terrain, including a tropical forest ecosystem in karst and the vast system of marshes.
Established in 1998, the nature reserve of Van Long wetland has received 2 records of Vietnam, which are home to the biggest community of Delacour’s langur and the largest natural painting. Although open for such early tourism, Van Long wetland still remains its primitive appearance and original characters as it used to be.
Therefore, it has a great attraction to both native and international tourists. If you have an intention of finding a peaceful place to relax and escape from the hustling and bustling life of the crowded city, the wetland of Van Long is exactly proper for its tranquil atmosphere and undamaged beauty.
Row-boat rides take about 90 minutes, maximum of two people. The price is 60.000 VND for boat ride and 20.000 VND for admission.
Van Long Forest
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 or 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 and night herons.