Van Long Nature Reserve is a beautiful site that holds two national records for having the most Delacour’s langurs and for being the largest unspoiled landscape in Vietnam. Van Long is also a well-known for eco-tourism destination.
Where is Van Long Nature Reserve?
Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve covers more than 3,000 hectares in Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh province.
Van Long NR is characterized by a large and jagged lagoon of limestone mountains. This topographical feature makes moving in Van Long very special: by rowing boat.
What is so special about Van Long?
On these limestone mountains, is home to Delacour’s langur primate. A langur with a white butt that looks like a person in shorts.
In addition, Van Long lagoon is also home to many popular water birds: Swamphen, Waterhen, Crakes, kingfishers, 4 Species of egret, Heron and Bittern. In breeding season, we can meet the Pheasant-tailed Jacana with long-tailed plumage.
Some migratory birds also return to Van Long lagoon in the spring such as Bonellii’s Eagle, Falcated Duck, Common Pochard, Greylag Goose …
Moreover, there is a species of bird specific to limestone mountains in the North of Vietnam, Limestone Wren-Babbler, which is one of the targets of every birder that will easily be found in Van Long NR.
Highlight of birds in Van Long Nature Reserve
This reedy wetland is a bird-watchers paradise and species spotted here included White-browed Crake, Cinnamon and Yellow Bittern, Black Bittern, Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Bonellii’s Eagle, Egrets, Herons…
How much time should we spend for Bird Watching and Wildlife Photography tour in Van Long NR?
Van Long NR and Xuan Thuy National Park (1 hour drive from Van Long) are two destinations for migratory bird watching and waterbirds in the North of Vietnam. You will spend 2 days for these 2 Hot-spots.
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