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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  • Rent a motorbike and drive yourself. We had a guide who took us to the monkeys and turtles. His English was really good and he explained a lot about the animals and what the rescue centre’s purpose is...  more »
  • We visited the park in April 2018 and also visited the primate and turtle rescue/rehabilation centres. We had a guide who was deeply passionate about nature and also, honest about the enormous challen...  more »
  • Cuc Phong is teetering on the edge of complete overuse and you can see it in the "guides". Our guide, was so thoroughly fixated on moving us through at as fast a rate as possible you could see her str...  more »
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  • It is a nice national park. There are a lot of visitors at weekend. You should prefer to come here in weekdays. There are some restaurants and café. The roads to the park are very narrow and uncomfortable. But you can see a lot of butterflies, you can visit extincted turtles and monkeys. You can buy some gifts.
  • Really nice big park in the middle of no where. Not very touristy and you still can find some awesome spots where you really can see the nature. I recommend getting a guide here to show you around to some hidden caves as well. There are night tours trough the jungle too btw!
  • Good place for campings in forest. Closely to the natural. No retuarant or hotel in side campings area but apartment for rent is nearby camping place, toilet n water supply are poor, no electricity at night time. A place to disconnect from internet and phone :).
  • 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.
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