Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh

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Cúc Phương National Park is located in Ninh Bình Province, in Vietnam's Red River Delta. Cuc Phuong 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.HistoryIn 1960 Cúc Phương was made into a forest reserve and in 1962 Cúc Phương National Park was consecrated by President Ho Chi Minh. Human habitation in Cúc Phương dates back long before the park’s creation, 7,000-12,000 years ago. Artifacts from that time have been found in numerous caves within the park, including human graves, stone axes, pointed bone spears, oyster shell knives, and tools for grinding. In 1789 the Quen Voi section of the park was the site of a major battle in the civil war between Nguyễn Huệ and Thăng Long. More recently, conflicts have emerged between the government and 2,500 Muong ethnic minority tribesmen who live, farm, and hunt in the park. In 1987, 500 Muong were relocated outside of the park because of issues over poaching and land use.Landscape and climateCúc Phương is situated in the foothills of the northern Annamite Range. The park consists of verdant karst mountains and lush valleys. Elevation varies from 150 meters (500 feet) to 656 m (2,152 feet) at the summit of May Bac Mountain, or Silver Cloud Mountain. The limestone mountains house numerous caves, many of which are accessible for exploration.
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  • I recently visited this National Park while I was staying in Tam Coc. It took me about an hour to get here on a moped which was a lot longer than I thought, I think it was mainly down to the poor mope...  more »
  • Very competent guidance in a while wildlife-rich, but unfortunately not at days visible wildlife. Our guide showed us the cave and a 1.5 h hike the Park's flora.
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  • We chose this place in order to have a trip without noise and crowds. My childrens love ro went to the Turtle and Primate Rescue Centre.  more »
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  • The Endangered Primate Research Center is fascinating and worth a detour. The park is accessible and well-organized. Clean toilets are available. An good restaurant is on-site.
  • Schedules and information seems to vary depending on whom you ask, otherwise a remarkable place to visit. Caves, monkeys, and fantastic jungle hikes are just some of the fun options during your stay.
  • Nice Park but we missed most of it as the guide didn't tell us about the possibility to drive thru some of it. Just saw the monkey which was rather said and the turtle with the story about the famous one in Hanoi that died last year.
  • Nice park to stroll around on your bike. Be aware that certain sections inside the park will have people trying to charge you for parking, after you’ve already payed for the park entrance.
  • Jurassic Park minus the T-rex A fantastic escape from the concrete jungle that is Hanoi. Felt like I was in Jurassic Park with the huge trees and worse-for-wear structures. It was a misty and drizzly day when we visited but that just added to the magic and atmosphere.
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