Van Long Wetland Nature Reserve in the northern province ofNinh Binh, famous for appearing in the blockbuster filmKong: Skull Island, has retained its pristine tranquility with clouds hovering above soaring limestone pinnacles.
It is also knownas 'No Wave Bay', nestled 80km to the south of Hanoi, and boastingthe Red River Delta's largest wetland withmirror-liketranquil water. Located in the north of Gia Vien district, the wetland reserve, dotted with spectacular islands and caves, was created by a30km flood-prevention dyke hugging the left bank of DaRiver. At 60,000 VND (2.6 USD) per person (maximum two passengers per boat), an hour-long, guided row across this 3,500-hectare lagoon willmake clear the origins of its nickname. This popular Ninh Binh destination holds two national records, one for the biggest groupof Delacour's langurs, a critically endangered species at home and abroad, and the other as the "largest picture ofnature".