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Why Cuc Phuong National Park is special ?
Cuc Phuong has the area of 22.000 hectares, of which three quarters are limestone with height from 300 meters to 600 meters above sea level. Here, there has May Bac mount with 648.2 meters. The climate in Cuc Phuong is kind of tropical monsoon climate, average annual temperature about 24.70C. Especially, there have many caves, beautiful landscape and historical natural remnants such as: Trang Khuyet Cave, Chua Cave, Thuy Tien Cave, Nguoi Xua, Cave, Con Moong grotto, San Ho Cave…
What to explore at Cuc Phuong National Park?
At the rear entrance gate to the park, there is a center for preserving endangered species sponsored by a German development agency. Within the forest itself, bird-watching is a popular activity and as you walk or bike the trail, it is possible to catch sight of many reptiles or animals.
At the entrance gate, there is an information center where you can obtain a map of the trails. There are also restaurants, souvenir shops, and a mini hotel at affordable rates ($10 per room). You might also consider renting a bike from the information center instead of taking the car option.
As you approach the park, there is another accommodation facility with more authentic natural feel. Staying the stilt house is a memorable experience but not recommendable for those who do not tolerate mosquitoes and biting insects.
Ninh Binh, Viet Nam
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I was very happy to visit this lovely area of protected rainforest. I can only hope more of these areas will be protected in the future because the rainforest here is stunning. You will love the giant old trees that grow here but also will hear all kinds of birds. And watch all the different plants that grow here and all the butterflies that fly between them. Being here feels like an adventure.
This is the first place we visited after spending two nights in Hanoi, and after the hectic hustle and bustle of the city we were really happy to get into nature, to have some peace and quiet and hear the lovely sounds of nature around us. We stayed in the accommodations right at headquarters, and they were basic but comfortable and just what we needed, and the staff were nice.There is a nice area with tables where you can hang out, use wifi, buy tea, coffee, beer,snacks etc. I was hoping to do a night hike while we were there, but was informed that unfortunately because it's winter, it's too cold for a lot of animals like snakes and frogs to be out, and of course the mammals that live in the forest are way more elusive and hard to find. Instead, we were offered a chance to go see their rescue center for nocturnal animals, such as civets and pangolins, which was very cool! The next day we did a nice hike to the 1000 year old tree and the cave of prehistoric man. After lunch at the restaurant next door, which was yummy and fresh (though like some of the food we'd been served at tours other places, a little bland for my tastes), we went to see the primate conservation center. Watching the monkeys was fun, and it was cool to see the semi-wild transition area where they getting some rehabilitated monkeys a chance to learn how to be wild again. We also checked out the turtle conservation center across the road from it. My only complaint is that our guide, who we were set up with through the tour we booked, kind of rushed us through things faster than we would have liked. I was especially annoyed when I was trying to observe the monkeys hilarious antics and he kept trying to get us to move to the next enclosure, but that doesn't change my opinion on the park, which is that it is worth a visit. If I had more time, I'd have maybe looked into ways of checking things out without a guide, like by getting a bicycle or motorcycle, but unfortunately didn't have that chance. I also booked with a tour because I was scared there might not be accommodations left if we just showed up, and unfortunately it's not super easy to contact them ahead of time if you're a foreigner. It does seem like there are plenty of places to sleep though, so you probably won't have a problem getting a room. Anyway, if you like animals, nature, peace and quiet, this is a nice place to stop by on your trip!