Van Long is a legendary land and an amazingly beautiful landscape for tourism, while at the same time, the largest mangrove nature reserve in northern delta, Ninh Binh province. Van Long reserve is on area of 2,643 hectares in seven communes of Gia Vien district.
In the Van Long forest, there are 457 species of plants, eight of which are listed in Vietnam’s Red Book. There are 39 species of animals, including nine precious species such as languor, Tibetan bear, chamois, Loris, and red-face monkey. There are nine reptiles listed in Vietnam’s Red Book such as grass-snake, varan, slow and harmless boas, and gecko.
The water surface is as calm as a giant mirror, reflecting clearly every single carving line of limestone mountains which are shaped exactly with their name such as Meo Cao, Mam Xoi, Hom Sach, Da Ban…
Of which, remarkableness is waterfowl which often migrates in winter; belostoma, a nearly extinct insect species; and particularly Delacour’s langur is in danger of global extinction.
The water is so pure that visitors could see clearly the aquatic plants living in the pond.
Van Long has 32 beautiful caves including many potential caves for tourism development like Ca cave, Bong cave Rua cave with the length of about 100 m to 250 m.
The landscape in Van Long reminds visitors of Ha Long Bay. That is why it is described as an “inland Ha Long Bay”.