Cuc Phuong National Park

Where is it? Situated 120 South-West of Hanoi, with a 22,200 - ha rainforest, Cuc Phuong National Park is the centerpiece of Vietnam’s conservation efforts & one of the most accessible parks in the country.

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A magnificent limestone landscape. Located on 2 limestone mountain ranges, the landscape of Cuc Phuong is a wonderfully rich ecosystem. Apart from verdant karst mountain and the lush valleys, the limestone formations produced numerous caves, many of which are accessible for exploration. Looking at "Nguoi Xua" Cave (Cave of the Early Man), you will see the two new discovered ancient tombs along with Neolithic remains & evidence of stone implements. You would have similar findings at the following caves: Trang Khuyet (Crescent Moon), Thanh khô Minc & Con Mong, và Hang Dan (well known for Bat).


Does such a natural landscape have a cultural value? The answer is YES. In earlier times, Cuc Phuong was home page lớn the Muong minority people and today, you can still see their traditional stilt houses. The rocky outcrops of Cuc Phuong contain very valuable archeological vestiges such as a fossilized sea reptile, dated at 200 - 230 million years old và evidence of prehistoric people, who lived in the forest some 7500 years ago.

As the oldest national park of Vietphái mạnh, Cuc Phuong is attached to lớn a long-lasting history.In 1960, Cuc Phuong was turned into lớn a forest reserve sầu, and then granted a “National Park” 2 years later by President Ho Chi Minch for reminding his people of the environment’s core role in their life. Yet there had already been some relationship between mankind & Cuc Phuong before this sự kiện. The remains of prehistoric men dating 7,000-12,000 years ago have sầu been found in the numerous caves in the park.

Diversified Flora-Fauna. Cuc Phuong is also popular for being trang chính to a huge diversity of flora & fauna. The botanical richness of the forest is impressive sầu since it supports a wide variety of flora species and patches of primeval forest, including ancient trees with thiông chồng clusters of roots, parasitic plants và ligneous creepers. Surprisingly, some plant species have been introduced from Burma, India, and Borneo. Stepping to lớn the caves, you can find at entrances the ideal moisture conditions and light, you will feel relaxed when seeing clusters of growing orchards as well as vanilla, snow-Trắng và butterfly orchids.

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As regards faumãng cầu, the park has 97 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 36 reptilian species, 17 species of amphibians, 11 species of fish and thousands of species of insects, most of which bởi vì not bite. A number of species in the park are listed on Vietphái mạnh Red Book of endangered species.

Visiting the park, no one could help keeping an eye on the primates; including macaques, gibbon, Francois' leaf monkey and slow loris. Besides, this park is the home for other mammals including bats, porcupine, squirrel, leopard, clouded leopard và jungle cát in Cuc Phuong. Migrant species include thrushes, flycatchers, tits, finches, pipits amongst others. Horn-bills can also be spotted in the forest.

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Should you are keen on cultural aspects, bởi vì not hesitate to join in the community-based eco-tourism & home-stays. Why don’t you take a trek lớn the Muong village where the hospitable local people offer you 1 or 2 nights' home-stay in their traditional stilt houses? This does bring you an opportunity khổng lồ explore their culture and try out bamboo river rafting!

You can also discover excellent hiking opportunities, & spkết thúc some days trekking though the forest. Popular trails khổng lồ 1000 year old tree, other ancient trees, silver cloudy peak & Muong village. Tourists may join night-spotting trips inkhổng lồ the primary forest. These offer opportunities to lớn see the more exclusive sầu mammal species of the park, including the blaông chồng giant squirrel, the Indian flying squirrel, samtía deer và several small carnivores.Do not forget khổng lồ bring with you the binoculars because Cuc Phuong is trang chính lớn a wealth of beautiful tropical birds, many of which are endemic in Vietphái nam và Indochina. Some of the 307 species of rare birds that you might encounter are the silver-pheasant, red-collared woodpecker, brown horn-bill, bar-bellied pita, và so forth.

For further interests, we suggest you take a tour khổng lồ biodiversity hotspots. At the moment Cuc Phuong has a total of 43 biodiversity hotspots. All of these are recognized by the scientific department of the national park and they offer you và excellent opportunity to study & see many different species of tropical plants.

One of the fantastic ways to lớn experience Cuc Phuong is by cycling through the forest. Biking offers the visitor not only silence và a cool breeze, but it is also a great way lớn discover the more secretive sầu animals & birds of the national park.

Suggestedmeans of transport. Take a bus from Hanoi at Giap Bat Bus Terminal- the city’s southern bus terminal, at around 20,000 VND, to lớn Nho Quan, then catch a motorcycle xe taxi to lớn the park headquarters for about 30,000 dong. The total travel time is 2.30 khổng lồ 3.30 hours.If you plan on making only a day trip to the park, you should go through a travel agency. However, if you’re going to lớn stay for one or more nights then the public bus option is viable. There are quite a few travel agencies that offer one day tour from Hanoi to Cuc Phuong National Park for you khổng lồ choose from, so compare some itineraries lớn piông chồng one that best fitted your time and liking.