In one day and one day only, travelers can have a whole package of sight-seeing and resort at Van Long Natural Reserve and Kenh Ga hot springs. These are rural areas for you to relax and let your mind wander amongst the various limestone features of Van Long Nature Reserve, gliding along the river and canals, weaving one's way through the boat houses and fishing vessels of Kenh Ga.
Van Long Nature Reserve
Van Long is a legendary land and an amazingly beautiful landscape for tourism and at the same time, the largest mangrove nature reserve in northern delta, Ninh Binh province. Van Long Reserve is in an area of 2,643 hectares including seven communes of Gia Vien district.
In the Van Long forest, there are 457 species of plants, eight of which are listed in the Vietnamese Red Book. There are 39 species of animals, including nine rare species such as languor, Tibetan bear, chamois, Loris, and red-faced monkey. Nine reptiles listed in Vietnam's Red Book such as grass-snake, varan, slow and harmless boa, and gecko are witnessed here at Van Long Nature Reserve.
Surprisingly, Van Long Swamp is not a natural feature but nurtured by 300 kilometers of dams in the left side of Day River. With the total area of 3,500 hectares, Van Long is the largest wetland nature reserve in the Northern Delta of Vietnam with thousands of fauna and flora species, one of which is the endangered Delacour langur.
There are two options for the visitors to choose from, Kem Tram – Hang Bong route or the Outer Swamp route. Another feature of Van Long is the Stork Garden, two kilometers to the west of the boat station.
Van Long reminds you of a waveless bay with smooth and crystal clear water which unveils flattering moss on the under bed. It takes you about one hour on the boat to discover most of the swamp with the mountain’s creeks and large grass flaps embracing the water at the entrance, followed by a series of stunning caves like Fish Cave, Turtle Cave, Lemon Cave. Especially, the half-submerging-half-floating Fish Cave is an incredibly ravishing spectacle of 250 meters long, 8 meters high and 10 meters wide. Passing through the cave’s lobby, you might be lucky enough to see langurs or storks in the late afternoon or the early morning. In harmony with these are multitudes of limestones named after their original shapes, such as Meo Cao (Cat’s Scratching), Mam Xoi (Rasberry), Da Ban (Stone Countertops).
At the Van Long Nature Reserve, you will encounter the beauty of nature, sequestration, and tranquility that cannot be witnessed at any other land.
Kenh Ga hot springs
Starting from Dong Chua Boat Station, Gia Thinh Commune, the boat tour will take visitors through branches of Hoang Long River into Kenh Ga Floating Village, overflowing with wild winds and the sweet fragrance of ripening rice paddies, to the last destination the Kenh Ga hot springs.
The site has existed for a long time but has only been explored by the French since 1940. Here the hot springs offer many healthy substances including Nitrogen trichloride, kali chloride, calcium, Magne sodium chloride, and Sodium bicarbonate. Thousands of liters of colorless and odorless mineral waters are pouring out into the hot springs at a stable temperature of 53 °C.
Entering Kenh Ga hot springs, you not only please your eyes in the delicate nature but also literally delight your whole body in the hot mineral water which brings you both mentally and physically relaxation and healing. Kenh Ga’s water are even purified and bottled as an extraordinary “delicacy” of the place.
Van Long Nature Reserve is a one of a kind attraction which allures you with its authentic countryside vibe and the unexpectedly positive effects on your health. Kenh Ga hot springs without any doubt is a match for elderly at its best.
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