An evening bicycle ride along Van Long Nature Reserve, the largest wetland in Northern Vietnam.

Staying nearby at the Emeralda Resort, I borrow a couple of bikes to cycle down to the Van Long Reserve with my son. The largest wetland in Northern Vietnam, Van Long Reserve is most popular for rowboat (sampan) trips. Van Long is one of the last wild refuges of the endangered Delacour’s langur, with the wetlands keeping predators and poachers at bay, as well as many species of bird (including the rare black-faced spoonbill, cotton pygmy goose and white-browed crake).


It’s very easy and relaxing cycling along the concrete path that follows the edge of the reserve, with karst limestone hills in the background.


With the sun starting to set, a few locals are also out, for pleasure and work!


The only minor challenge getting back to our hotel is avoiding some of the other road users…


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