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Experiencing the Nature of Cuc Phuong National Park

120km from Hanoi, the national park is located adjacent to Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa, and is an environmentally friendly destination with exciting discovering activities.

Cuc Phuong is suitable for a picnic at weekends. Cuc Phuong is also where you not only can relax in an open space of the jungle, but also have the opportunities to learn more about the nature around. Cuc Phuong National Park covers an area of 25,000 hectares and is the first national park in Vietnam. Featuring a tropical evergreen rain forest, Cuc Phuong has an abundant fauna and flora population including many species of rare plants and animals. Annually, the park welcome numerous nature lovers to explore and experience the days sleeping in the forest. With a rich ecosystem, Cuc Phuong is suitable for vacation, sightseeing and discovery. There are many ways to entertain in the open and cool space with thousands of trees.

One of these interesting activities is camping and walking in the narrow trails, visit the valuable and rare trees in the dense jungle. Besides, other activities like cycling through the forest, taking a bird watching trip, looking for the ancient caves or going trekking through the jungle… also attract many visitors. From Hanoi, you can choose to travel by motorcycle or passenger car, but the best way is to travel by private cars, which is flexible in time, can go deep into the forest and ensure the safety if children come along. The road is quite beautiful and smooth, through the jungle and fragrant rice fields. From Hanoi, tourists go along Highway 1 toward Ninh Binh, until you reach Gian Khau pork (10 km from the city of Ninh Binh), turn to Highway 12A, pass Nho Quan town about 2 km, then turn left to Cuc Phuong. From the city of Hoa Binh, you drive along Highway 12B toward Nho Quan town about 2 km, then turn right to Cuc Phuong.

  • Cuc Phuong Botanical Garden:

This area is built to collect and plant rare species of Cuc Phuong, Vietnam and the world.

  •  Cuc Phuong’s Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC):

This center is responsible for rescuing the individual of rare primate species.

  • Prehistoric People Cave:

The cave is the relic of residence and burial of prehistoric man.

  • Con Moong Cave:

Where the prehistoric people choose for their long-term habitation.-

  • Trang Khuyet (Crescent Moon) Cave:

Located deep in the forest, has crescent moon shape when being looked from cave’s mouth

  • The ancient trees:

Cuc Phuong has an amazing diversity of plants including the giant ancient trees up to 70m high You should prepare for a trip to Cuc Phuong like a picnic trip so that you could give a party in the forest.

If you have time, you should go on the weekends, otherwise, you can travel in a day and a half to spend a night in the woods and return in the following afternoon. The food in the forest is not very much and various; therefore, you should prepare enough food for two days, especially with trips with children. Temperatures in the woods at night and early morning is often low, so you should wear a thin sweater and jacket to avoid the cold and fog. The ideal weather to Cuc Phuong is the sunny days when the rainy season passed because there would be less insects and mosquitoes. There are always many insects in the forest; therefore, if there are young children accompanying, you should prepare lotions. Cost: approximately 6,500,000 VND contract for two days of relaxing.

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