Welcome to Cuc Phuong National Park


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’.

Unfortunately, poaching and habitat destruction plague the park. Improved roads have led to illegal logging, and many native species – such as the Asiatic black bear, Siamese crocodile, wild dog and tiger – have now vanished from the area. Other wildlife is notoriously elusive, so manage your expectations accordingly.

The park is home to the minority Muong people, whom the government relocated from the park’s central valley to its western edge in the late 1980s.


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Cuc Phuong National Park activities

$99 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Cuc Phuong National Park from Hanoi

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh ProvinceWe will first visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, a non-profit organization is dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding and conservation of endangered primates as well as protection of their habitats.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh ProvinceAfter lunch, we will continue further into the Park Center. On the way, we will visit the Cave of Early Man, an amazing historic find, dating back over 7000 years. Next, we will take a long trek through the forest to learn about the diverse plant and wildlife of the park. We will also make stops at Cho Chi - the oldest tree in the forest and visit the picturesque streams and waterfalls along the way. Finally, we will head back to the Park Duration: 2 hours

$198 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Cuc Phuong Wildlife Experience from Hanoi

Leave your hotel in Hanoi and travel to Van Long Nature Reserve. Here we will take a sampan boat trip to admire the natural beauty of the area. We then continue onto Cuc Phuong National Park on the way having a local Vietnamese lunch. On arrival at the National park Guest House we settle into our rooms and in the afternoon visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, the Turtle Conversation Center and learn about the conservation works that are being done at this well protected National Park. A further walk in the botanical garden is optional.We then go on to dinner at the Cuc Phuong National Park headquarters. After dinner our guide will take us into the pitch dark forest and help us spot all of the nocturnal creatures, including; civets, owls, flying squirrels, lorises, bats and cats.Note:   The Centers may be closed for preservation without prior notice. Night animal spotting maybe cancelled due to bad weather condition such as heavy rains, storms…The following morning you will be woken by the sounds of the jungle. After breakfast, we leave the Headquarters of the national park for the primary forest from where you will trek for 2 ½ to 3 ½ hours, passing limestone slopes and trees of over a million years old. The destination is an ancient tree in the hope of seeing the Cuc Phuong mascot and one of the rarest primates on the planet, the Delacour Langur. After our trek we transfer back to Hanoi, arriving around 6pm. Lunch and Dinner is included on Day 1 and Breakfast and Lunch on Day 2.

$68 Day Trips & Excursions

From Hanoi: Cuc Phuong National Park Day Trip by Private Car

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh ProvinceCuc Phuong National Park (Vietnamese: Vườn quốc gia Cúc Phương) is in Northern Vietnam, 40 km away from Ninh Binh city. It is Vietnam’s largest national park and one of the most important biodiversity sites in the country. It is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The park can be visited from Hanoi as a day trip or visitors can stay at the park’s lodgings for a longer stay. Visiting the park is a terrific opportunity to get a close look at Vietnam’s nature. Fees generated from tourism help protect the parks wildlife and improve the local economy. The best time of the year to visit the park is during the dry season, from Nov-Feb.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh ProvinceThe Endangered Primate Rescue Center is a not for profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnams endangered and critically endangered primate species. First established in 1993, through a collaboration between Frankfurt Zoological Society and Cuc Phuong National Park, the center is presently managed under the umbrella of the Vietnam Primate Conservation Program, jointly operated by Zoo Leipzig and Cuc Phuong National Park. More than 180 animals have been born at the center, some being the first of their species to be born in captivity, including the critically endangered Cat Ba langur, Delacours langur and the Grey shanked douc langur.Today the center is home to around 180 primates representing 15 species. The primates are housed in more than 50 large enclosures including two fenced semi wild areas of primary forest, measuring 2 and 5 hectares in size. These enclosures serve to prepare animals for release into the wild and provide opportunities to study the behavior of animals in semi wild conditionDuration: 1 hour

$59 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Ninh Binh Daily Tour: Bai Dinh - Trang An boat trip and Kong Island

Visit: Trang An Grottoes, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh Province7.30 – 08.00: Pick up in hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter10.30: Arrive in Buddha Sanctuary place of Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest one not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast of Asia. You can see a large number of 500 Arhats statues and the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters in height, 100 tons in weight and three hug bronze statues of Tam The. Tour guide also gives you an introduction of beliefs and religions in Vietnam.12.30: Have buffet lunch at a local restaurant with some special dishes such as goat meat, goat soup, deep fried rice…13.30: Leave for Trang An eco-tourism attraction. You will blow your mind by many breathtaking tunnel caves, specialy 1000 meter - cave long.16.30: Take return shuttle bus to Hanoi18.30: Drop off the hotel. Tour ends. Duration: 6 hours

$98 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Car Transfer Hanoi - Cuc Phuong day trip

Cuc Phuong National Park is the oldest national park in Vietnam and far from Hanoi 130 km with takes about 2.5 hours to reach by car. A private car and the departure time will be as your required (So please let us know your time expecting to depart for your trip). Car and experienced driver can speaking English will pick up - Drop off at your hotel/accommodation in Ha Noi City Center (Hanoi Old Quarter), then transfer to Cuc Phuong National Park for a day trip. You just relax, enjoy the scenery or have some breaks for photographs, refeshement or toilet stops if you like.

$320 Cultural & Theme Tours

3Days -The Cuc Phuong Wildlife Interesting Experience

Day 1: Hanoi - Ninh Binh (D)Bus pick you up in Hanoi arround 9:30am then transfer to Ninh Binh ( arround 2,5 hours ). Drop you off Tam Coc Garden Homestay ( or Similar ). Free time to relax and explore Tam coc by yourself. Have dinner at homestay. Overnight in Homestay.Day 2: Ninh Binh - Cuc Phuong National park (B/L/D)Breakfast at homestay then motobike take you to Cuc Phuong Gate.Arrive in Cuc Phuong at around 9:00 am. Guide take you to visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC). After leaving the EPRC, the car will bring you to the starting point of your two-day trek. In the primary forest you will trek for three to four hours, passing limestone caves and trees over a millennium old. The destination is Langur Valley in the hopes of seeing the Cuc Phuong mascot and one of the rarest primates on the planet. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay in a tent will be provided by the park guide. In the evening you, the national park guide and the local guide will reenter the now pitch-dark forest and, with the aid of a spotting lamp, go in search of the forest’s numerous nocturnal creatures, which include civets, owls, flying squirrels, lorises, bats and cats. Overnight in TentDay 3: Cuc Phuong - Ninh Binh - Hanoi (B/L)After the sounds of the jungle have lulled you to sleep in the safety of your mosey net, you will awake refreshed and for another day of adventure. Finally return to the main road for collection by bus back to Hanoi. End of services !

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