Cuc Phuong National Park is a nature reserve, a special-use forest located on the boundary of 3 areas of the Northwest, Red River Delta, and North Central Coast in three provinces: Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa. This national park has a rich diversity of flora and fauna that are characteristic of tropical rain forests. Many species of flora and fauna endangered by extinction have been discovered and preserved here. This is also the first national park in Vietnam. Cuc Phuong tourism is famous for various forms of ecotourism and environmental tourism.
1. Where is Cuc Phuong National Park?
At 120 km south of Hanoi capital, located deep in the heart of Tam Diep mountain range, Cuc Phuong National Park in the territory of three provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, and Thanh Hoa with a total area of 22,408 ha.
2. The ideal time to go to Cuc Phuong
The climate in Cuc Phuong belongs to a tropical monsoon climate, the average annual temperature is about 24.7°C. With complex terrain, the forests in primitive form contain many mysteries and unique landscapes.
From November to January, it is fairly cold in the North, so you should not go into the forest. Around February to April is the ideal season to see birds such as pheasants, rusty, marble goiter, white-bellied bird, etc. The end of April and early May is the season of wild butterfly in Cuc Phuong. At this time, in the National Park appeared thousands of colorful butterflies, creating a splendid and poetic scene. From April to August, the weather is sunny, but sometimes there may be rain or storm, you should pay attention to check the weather before going.
3. How to get to Cuc Phuong
You can travel by car from Hanoi to Cuc Phuong, which takes about 1 hour.
4. What to visit in Cuc Phuong
You can combine your visit to Cuc Phuong with other attractions like Tam Coc or Van Long in Ninh Binh province into a 2-day/1-night schedule. You do not need to spend the night here but you can return to Hanoi.
Cuc Phuong Botanical Garden
This is the area built to collect and cultivate rare tree species in Cuc Phuong, Vietnam, and the world. This is one of the three world stature botanical gardens on a list published in 1997. The route to visit the garden is easy, with a walking distance of 3 km.
Center for rescue, conservation, and development of organisms
This center rescues then conserves and develops endangered species of wild flora and fauna in Vietnam. They also research on behavior, physiology, and reproduction in captivity of rare and precious wild animals for conservation and development. Furthermore, other responsibilities of this place are collecting, planting, conserving genetic resources, and creating varieties of rare plants in Vietnam.
Cuc Phuong Primate Rescue Center
It is responsible for rescuing each individual species of rare and precious primate species (White-backed langur, Ha Tinh langur, black-shanked douc, Lao langur, Cat Ba langur, gray-shanked douc…) from confiscation; release the animals to the wild; Research on Primate animals such as finding food, living habits, environment, living space.
Cuc Phuong Museum
Is a research site, reference to important specimens for students, students, conservation experts, plants, animals to visit and learn. Cuc Phuong Museum is located on the campus of Cuc Phuong National Park. The museum has been newly built to serve the storage and preservation of samples such as insects, butterflies, hair clippers, dragonflies, cicadas, rodents, birds, other animals such as bears, leopards, monkeys, langurs, etc. The museum is keeping more than 50 archaeological samples, including a positive specimen of the Slate-toothed reptile dating from 230 to 250 million years ago. It currently holds 122 samples of immersion, 82 samples of animals, 2900 samples of insects of all kinds, more than 12,000 specimens of plants.
It is a place containing many residence relics and burial sites of prehistoric people, is a unique cultural site in the development history of mankind, and is a valuable heritage in the protected object of the forest.
Typical old trees
The old tree is 45m high, 5m in diameter, and has floating roots on the ground about 20m long. The thousand-year-old parakeet is 45m high, 5m in diameter, and has a circumference of more than 20 people.
5. Some delicious dishes in Cuc Phuong
Cuc Phuong mountain cuisine is famous for many specialties such as mountain goat, Muong pig, hill chicken … these delicious dishes can be found in most restaurants inside and outside the forest. If the luck comes in the right season, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some Ninh Binh specialties such as mountain crabs, mountain snails, grasshoppers.
6. Some items to bring
There are some of these items that you should prepare from home to make your family’s journey to discover the park more convenient because this is a forest so not everything is everywhere.
Insect sprays and mosquito repellants: In the forest, it is often wet and if you go in the post-rainy season, it is imperative to bring these sprays, especially families with children.
Walking shoes that are just right for you, if you are going on some jungle trails, wearing the right shoes will keep your feet safe.
Wear turtleneck and seasoned socks to go in the woods to avoid squeezing.
A personal flashlight for use when traveling at night and for use when entering a cave.