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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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Where to stay in Ninh Binh

A hub for travel throughout the province, Ninh Binh features a decent number of accommodations for a town of its size. Take a look close to the main train station for the town's most-frequented hotels. Standing in a cluster in this central area, they represent convenient options, given their proximity to the main restaurants, shops, and services. Over to the west of town, a selection of homestays provide interesting options among the karst landscape of Ninh Binh, with some refined, and others a little more budget-friendly.
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  • We rode 2 hours from our hostel which is Tam Coc area to the national park. The road isn't the best road, with lots of potholes and undone parts. However, the view leading up to the park is beautiful ...  more »
  • My parents, sister and brother-in-law hired a car to drive us to Cuc Phuong National Park. We didn't realize we had to pay for a guide to visit the monkey and turtle sanctuaries, but it was worth it f...  more »
  • Great park which you can explore without a guide. You will need insect repellend and good shoes. I would recommend to take a scooter with you. The driveway is 20km and takes almost 45 minutes to drive...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.