Van Long Nature Reserve with Kids
-Ninh Binh, Vietnam-
Van Long Nature Reserve in Ninh Binh was one of the highlights of our trip to Vietnam. Ever my young kids were lulled into quiet by the peacefulness of the bamboo boat on the still water.
I spent an afternoon at Van Long Nature Reserve with my young kids (aged 3.5 years and 12 months) and husband. We chose Van Long Nature Reserve over the well known ‘Tam Coc’ tour as I had read quite a few negative reviews about crowds and pushy hawkers.
The Van Long Nature Reserve is set among beautiful limestone pinnacles and is also very popular with bird-watchers. We are definitely not bird watchers however the kids and ourselves thoroughly enjoyed spotting the wildlife whilst a friendly Vietnamese lady rowed us along the river in a bamboo boat. This reserve is one of the last wild refuges for the endangered Delacour’s Langur Monkey. Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any!
I would recommend this boat trip to anyone visiting Ninh Binh with children (or even as a couple or single). There were no waiting lines and no-one pushing goods to sell. Helping row the boat was a real highlight for Mr 3.5 years and he talked about it for weeks afterwards.
If you get a chance to visit Ninh Binh in Vietnam, you DEFINITELY need to spend a morning or afternoon here. Just make sure you bring an umbrella as there is no protection from the rain or sun.
I hope these photos inspire you to visit !!
Visiting With Kids
In general, Van Long Nature Reserve is easy to visit with kids. Like everywhere else in Vietnam, the locals thoroughly enjoy children and they are tolerated extremely well. You will need to be prepared with snacks, drinks and sun protection though.
Life jackets aren’t really a thing here. If it really bothers you, it wouldn’t be hard to bring your own. It didn’t bother us in the slightest bit as the water is extremely flat and we just sat the kids on our laps or between us the whole time.
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