Cat Tien National Park

Nature Reserve in Southwest Highlands

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One of the outstanding natural treasures of the region, the 72,000-hectare Cat Tien National Park comprises an amazingly biodiverse region of lowland tropical rainforest. The hiking, mountain biking and birdwatching are the best in southern Vietnam. It's wise to book ahead for the most popular excursions such as the Wild Gibbon Trek. Bear in mind also that visitors rarely see the larger animals in the park, who live deep in the jungle, so don’t come expecting to encounter elephants or leopards.

From Ho Chi Minh City, the park is a three-hour drive northwest on Highway 20, or a four-hour drive southwest from Dalat.