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’.
Kenh Ga (Chicken Canal) is named after the wild chickens that used to live here. Today, a riverine way of life and stunning limestone formations are the main draw. Locals spend many hours on the water, watching over fish-breeding pens or selling vegetables boat-to-boat. Even the children commute to school by river.