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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  • August 16, 2017
    A very satisfactory ride, after 1 hour walk you will be well rewarded by great views from the top of the mountain through very exotic paths where you can see some unusual animals such as terrestrial crabs, stick insects, the iguanas, the gekos and spiders quite impressive lol. If you're in the area made it is really great!
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  • August 3, 2017
    The place is wonderful, make no mistake, but I can't help but leave with a feeling of deception. Apart from the fact that we must be very clear rescue of primates, carnivores and pangolins centers schedules, the receptionist is not very helpful. I have the feeling that this man I try to deceive on several occasions. First it seemed it wouldn't we entered the Park, simply because it didn't you, and then when those recommendations went and the 6:30 again to see the pangolin Rescue Center, not left with that cost 400000 Dong, something which does not appear on any side and that sounds like a total scam. So you leave without their Dong and we went back. It's very nice but you don't expect to see animals. Don't you go up to Lake wood House since it is very fragile and broke under my feet. Schedules turtles primates and carnivores: 8:30-11:30 / / 14:30-16:30 / / 18:30-20:00
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  • July 24, 2017
    We were both quite attracted to the monkeys and turtles red/breeding program. This fell. You got a tour of a guide that ran along the various cages and said which ape or turtle it was. The park itself is really cute and the trouble to drive away. We had a motorbike which is ideal. In the middle of the park we did another walk. That was kind of fun. You also pass a cave and an old tree.. walking shoes are advisable just like water. A hot day, a humid climate and a 7 km long walk made it heavy. But actually it is good to do. A lot of climbing and descending!
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  • June 11, 2017
    While the location is quite a long drive if you're coming from a bigger city like Hanoi, It's definitely worth the trip. The park is really large but offers a paved road that leads to all visit sites. We had a short hike and visited one of the caves. If you enjoy nature this place won't disappoint. It also has a monkey wildlife preservation centre which is also worth a visit as it comes with a guided tour.
  • May 30, 2017
    Big national park with dense forests covering the hills. Has one road leading right through it with several things to see along it like a prehistoric cave, historic trees and more. Entrance to the park, I think, was 70.000. Turtle and monkey sanctuaries at the entrance with tours at set times. If you don't like insects, this is not a good place to go because they are everywhere; I saw tree ants, lots of spiders, some big insect crashlanded next to me, a scorpion crossing the road, tons of butterflies and other flying insects. There's a small resort in the middle where you can rent a cottage overlooking a small lake. Not a lot of gas stations on the way to the park but watch out for small shops and houses where you can fuel up from plastic bottles or manual fuel pumps.
  • April 16, 2017
    This place is extremely beautiful. There is a huge diversity of cool bugs and many trails to go exploring on. Near there entrance there is also 3 conservation centres for endangered species which are definitely worth checking out.
  • May 9, 2017
    Beautiful park with great views. Not a must see, but worth stopping at if you're driving by. Very, very beautiful through the trails off of the main road.
  • May 31, 2017
    Experience Vietnam's tropical rain forest and limestone caves purportedly containing ancient human archaeology. Rushed primate and turtle sanctuary tours and mountains of trash throughout the jungle walkways took away from it.

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