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Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh

Categories: Caves, National Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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3.9/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • Some lovely scenery, the cave of the prehistoric man was pretty cool, and it was nice to see some monkeys that seem very well looked after and cared for. Ultimately the park was a bit boring though. T...  read more »
  • An imposing national park where you can stay in and certainly a day to see. The Dutch touch sits in a monkey care and breeding project. This project is sponsored by a number of Dutch institutions. Here be monkeys taken care of which be intercepted to China. They breed with the monkeys, they get used to live in nature and they put then out. This happened even when turtles care which is opposite. The park itself is imposing and breath-taking with many features. Do this on a bike/moped, the park is great!
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  • We visited the Cuc phuong park two days. The park is big and beautiful. There is a nice road of 20 km that leads you to the middle of the park where you can visit the caves and the ancient and very ol...  read more »
  • Park is accessible via a 20 km traffic-free road through well protected prehistoric jungle. Side tracks lead to more remote spots. Tree wise, this is a 'Garden of Eden'. Great place to take your bicycle for clean air exercise. Park bikes are poorly maintained. Sadly, due to ongoing hunting by indigenous tribes, you will see few birds and even less mammals. Liepzig zoo maintains a sanctuary for primates that is open to visitors. Park HQ rooms are clean and comfortable for a few nights. Worth a trip.
  • We really enjoyed our time at Cuc Phuong. It wasn't crowded and there were some nice walks.
  • great park but : disappointing staff, dirty rooms, framed walks in the center, garbage everywhere (thanks to visitors of course but you see no reaction for a long time and the situation is going worse everyday), very short opening hours and tight schedule still : an impressive job made with monkeys and turtles with a rare sense of care, amazing treks of all levels, extraordinary caves (don't forget your flashlight), jungle as it has ever been
  • DON'T GO THERE (by yourself) !!!!!! We tried the experience "go to Cuc Phuong Park by yourself" and it was HORRIBLE-TERRIBLE-DREADFUL !!! We slept in the Park, the room was disgusting and stinking. We wanted to shower before sleeping : no water !!! The problem is, there is no manager on the site or even people working for the "hotel", only the waitress's !!! And as it was late, everybody was gone. Fortunately I found someone who could fix the problem. But on the morning, IT HAPPENED AGAIN !!! Besides the restaurant is not good at all, the breakfast a joke. We asked at the park reception if they had binoculars to rent for the day, they hadn't. But after looking threw thing the lady found a pair and tried to make us pay 10$ for the day ! ARE YOU KIDDING ME ??!! So we negotiated. The park is a disaster concerning indications and signs. You start a walk that is supposed to last 30 minutes, 3 hours later you are still walking !!! And everywhere you stop they try to make you pay for the parking ! When we left the park, we complained about the dirtiness and the smell of the room and about the water problems, saying that we didn't want to pay the 20$ (that were already way to much for that disgusting while we were supposed to have a bungalow). The guy said that there was nothing he could do as he was not the hotels manager. We asked him to call them but he never did. Then he got angry and he wouldn't give our passport back if we didn't we paid. We hated he park ! SO NEVER SPEND THE NIGHT IN THE PARK AND NEVER GO BY YOURSELF ! As often in Vietnam you have to take a guide.
  • So refreshing to see such a well established professional organization looking after these beautiful animals in a large area. Beautiful park
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