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.For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Ninh Binh holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Cuc Phuong National Park and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Wir haben uns auf den Nationalpark sehr gefreut. Wir kamen am Nachmittag an und es war eher nebelig. Das war zwar eine ganz gute Stimmung, doch leider gab es nicht viel zu sehen. Keine Tiere - dafür w... more »We were very pleased on the National Park. We arrived in the afternoon and it was rather foggy. That was a very good mood, but unfortunately there was not much to see. The way was rather muddy no animals - for ausrutschten and two of us were silted up.View original
Der Eintritt beträgt 40000 Dong. Man kann mit dem Roller hinein fahren. Wir sind bis zum Ende der Straße gefahren. Parken kostet 3000 Dong. Dort gibt es auch die Möglichkeit Benzin nachzufüllen. Jedoc... more »The entrance fee is 40000 Dong. You can ride the roller inside. We drove to the end of the road. Parking costs 3000 Dong. There is also the possibility to refill fuel. But very expensive (20 km from the entrance of the park up here are so best before iwo, refuel). The terrain is very idyllic, vast and quiet. There are many old trees and birds to see. On the grounds there are to stay options for 100,000 dong. I can say however on nothing. Nearby, there's still a Wildlife Center.View original
Should walking along the forest enjoy fresh air, listens to sound of birds, look at many kind of insects and you will absolutely feel relax... If you visit the cape you should notice the ladder go up ... more »
Nice for cycling & walking. Don't expect to see spectacular animals etc. It's not a zoo! Signing is OK, not perfect. Bikes for rent are not in perfect state but will do for reasonably fit persons, the ride back is easier (more downhill). Definitely visit if you're an outdoor/nature lover. If you just come for some nice pics and animal spotting beter find a zoo.
Beautiful nature, but very little to do here. There's a monkey and turtle shelter at the beginning of the park, but that's about it. There are many other, very beautiful places in Ninh Binh, so visit these and skip this.
Absolutely amazing hiking! One of our highlights in Vietnam!! You should be fit since the path is a little bit steep with thousands of steps. We saw a langur moving from one tree to another, it was astonishing!!
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The hidden gem that I think all of you should visit it. Cuc Phuong National Park is full of surprises, you can hire a motobike to go to all the tourist attractions inside the forest.
Beautiful park with every little trash. Be sure to check out all the conservation centers while you are here.
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