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

You will be picked up at 8am at your hotel in Hanoi for departure to Cuc Phuong National Park. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to get to Cuc Phuong National Park. Which was officially opened in 1960 as the first national park in Vietnam. First, you will visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center. Which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding and conservation of endangered primates as well as protection of their habitats.After lunch, you will continue further into the Park Center. On the way, you will visit the cave of early man. A cave dating back over 7000 years. Next, you will take a long trek through the forest to learn about the diverse plant and wildlife of the park. You will also make stops at Cho Chi, the oldest tree in the forest, and visit the picturesque streams and waterfalls along the way. Finally, head back to the Park Center and return to Hanoi.

$198 Outdoor Activities

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

Pick you up at 8.00am at your hotel in Hanoi, then depart for Cuc Phung national park, to the Southwest of Hanoi, it takes about 2,5 hours(110km) to get to Cuc Phuong national park. We will firstly visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research, and conservation of endangered primates, and to the protection of their habitats. Then go deeper into the park, stop to discover an ancient human cave, have lunch at house-on-stilts in the park’s centre. Take a short trek into the National Park, for sightseeing and to learn more of fauna and flora in the oldest forest of Vietnam. Return to the Park Centre, then take your vehicle (Car/Van) and head back to Hanoi.

$130 Shows, Concerts & Sports

Ninh Binh 2 days : Trang An Kong Skull Island - Cuc Phuong National Park

Visit: Aloha VietnamTOUR ITINERARY: Day1: Hoa Lu- Tuyet Tinh Coc-  Trang An • 7.30 – 8.00: Pick up guests in Hanoi Old Quarter • 10:10 : Arrive at Hoa Lu ancient capital • 10:20: Visit the King Dinh temple • 11:00: Visit Am Tien Cave and enjoy breathtaking panoramic view at Tuyet Tinh Coc • 12:00: Have a buffet lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. • 13: 00: Enjoy three hours sampan boat trip in Trang An landscape and visit Kong skull island film studio where the film was shot there • 16:45: Check in the Bungalow. Have free bikes to discover the villages • 18:00: Have a dinner and relax Day 2: Explore Cuc Phuong national park – Hanoi: • 07:00: Have a breakfast • 08: 30: Depart Hoa Lu for Cuc Phuong National Park, was Vietnam's first national park and is the country's largest nature reserve. The park is one of the most important sites for biodiversity in Vietnam.  • Arrive at Cuc Phuong Park. Your visit begins at the Endangered Primate Rescue Center - one of the highlights of a visit to Cuc Phuong, where you can observe some of the rarest primate species in the world. The primate center houses specimens of langurs, loris, and gibbon species, include the critically endangered Delacour's Langur, Golden-headed Langur, Tonkin Snub-nosed Langur and Black Crested Gibbon. • Then, enjoy a local style Vietnamese lunch in the national park. • In the afternoon: Visit the The Cave of Prehistoric man - the site of the one of the earliest discoveries of human habitation in Vietnam. Excavated in 1966, the cave revealed human graves, stone axes, pointed bone spears, oyster shell knives, and tools for grinding dating back 7,500 years ago. • 16:30: Leave Hoa Lu for Hanoi Capital • 18:30: Tour ends in Hanoi.

$42.11 Outdoor Activities

Full day Explore Cuc Phuong National Park from Hanoi

You will be picked up at your hotel at Hanoi Old Quarter at 8.a.m, about 2,5 hour drive (120km) to arrive Cuc Phuong National Park, the oldest national park in Vietnam covering about 200 kilometers square of tropical forest.   Your first stop is the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research, and the endangered primates’ conservation as well as to the protection of their habitats.   Next, you will continue to get into the center of the park, explore the ancient human caves, where you can see human graves, stone axes, pointed bone spears, oyster shell knives, and tools for grinding of Pre Human habitation in Cuc Phuong dates back long before the park’s creation 7,000-12,000 years ago. After that, stop for lunch at house-on-stilted in the park central. In the afternoon, you will have a short trek into the National Park, do sightseeing and know more about fauna and flora in this oldest forest of Vietnam. The botanical richness of the forest is impressive since it supports a wide variety of ancient trees, parasitic plants and ligneous creepers. Surprisingly, some plant species have been introduced from Burma, India, and Borneo. The park has 97 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 36 reptilian species, 17 species of amphibians, 11 species of fish and thousands of species of insects, most of which do not bite. A number of species in the park are listed on Vietnam Red Book of endangered species.   Then, you will go back to the Park Center to visit the “Cave of Early Man”. You will see the two new discovered ancient tombs along with Neolithic remains and evidence of stone implements. There have been similar findings in the Trang Khuyet (Crescent Moon), Thanh Minh, and Con Mong Caves. Hang Dan Cave is well-known for its bat population. End this tour with a drop-off at your hotel around 6.30pm.  

$89.47 Day Trips & Excursions

Cuc Phuong national park Ninh Binh day trip

You will be picked up at your hotel at Hanoi Old Quarter at 08.00 and head to Ninh Binh. Upon arriving in Cuc Phuong National Park at 10h30, you will visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research, and the endangered primates’ conservation as well as to the protection of their habitats. Then, you will have lunch at Cuc Phuong restaurant. At 1.00pm, you will move to the Park Center. Cuc Phuong National Park is the oldest national park in Vietnam covering about 200 kilometers square of tropical forest. The botanical richness of the forest is impressive since it supports a wide variety of ancient trees, parasitic plants and ligneous creepers. Surprisingly, some plant species have been introduced from Burma, India, and Borneo. The park has 97 species of mammals, 300 species of birds, 36 reptilian species, 17 species of amphibians, 11 species of fish and thousands of species of insects, most of which do not bite. A number of species in the park are listed on Vietnam Red Book of endangered species. Along the way, you will visit the “Cave of Early Man”. Here, ou will see the two new discovered ancient tombs along with Neolithic remains and evidence of stone implements. There have been similar findings in the Trang Khuyet (Crescent Moon), Thanh Minh, and Con Mong Caves. Hang Dan Cave is well-known for its bat population. Next, you will also have a chance to admire the primary forest with 1000 year Old Tree.Finally, you will return to Hanoi and finish your trip at your hotel around 6:30 pm

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