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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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  • Visited here in January. We took one of the guided tour options and it was very good... but feel things in the jungle would have been more active at other times of the year. That having been said, we ...  more »
  • This is the first place we visited after spending two nights in Hanoi, and after the hectic hustle and bustle of the city we were really happy to get into nature, to have some peace and quiet and hear...  more »
  • Vietnam's first national park. There is not much animals as I expect but the atmosphere is pleasant. It's enough for me. I visited this park in May, and there are many butterflies along the way. I fel...  more »
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  • 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!!
  • 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.