Remote Cuc Phuong, Nho Quan, Ninh Binh, Vietnam Published on: 21-04-2017
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Why Cuc Phuong National Park is special ?
Cuc Phuong, established in 1962, is the oldest national park in Vietnam. Magnificent Limestone Mountains rise up majestically from the green rice-terraces and traditional stilt houses of the Muong hill-tribe. Covered in a dense forest, this landscape forms the habitat for some of Asia's rarest animal and plant species. It is no wonder that researchers, naturalists, enthusiasts and conservationists alike are drawn to this corner of the world. The ancient forest harbours over 2234 vascular and non-vascular plants, 122 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 135 species mammals, including the Clouded Leopard, Delacour's Langur, Owston's Civet and Asian Black Bear. There are also an incredible 336 documented bird species.
What to explore at Cuc Phuong National Park?
With 307 bird species, 133 mammals, 122 reptiles and more than 2000 different plants, this national park is one Vietnam’s most important protected areas.
Cuc Phuong spans two limestone mountain ranges and three provinces. Its highest peak is Dinh May Bac (Silver Cloud Peak) at 656m. In 1962, Ho Chi Minh declared this Vietnam’s first national park, saying: ‘Forest is gold’. The park is also home to the minority Muong people, whom the government relocated from the park’s central valley to its western edge in the late 1980s.
How to get to Cuc Phuong National Park?
Cuc Phuong is 120 km from Hanoi, a 2 - 3 hours drive depending on your choice of transportation:
Local Transport from Hanoi:
Buses leave Giap Bat (Southern Bus station of Hanoi) for Nho Quan (nearest town) at 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., noon, 13:00 p.m., 15:00 pm, 16:00pm, and leaves Nho Quan for Hanoi at 7am, 8am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm. Tickets are available at the counter. From Nho Quan to park headquarters, take a taxi or motorbike taxi (Xe Om).
Travel time: 2.5 - 3.5 hours.
From Ninh Binh:
From Ninh Binh to park headquarter, take a motorbike taxi or hire a car or hire a motorbike.
Travel time: 1 - 1.5 hours.
Cuc Phuong, Nho Quan, Ninh Binh, Vietnam