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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  • For those who love nature is a place not to be missed, with the exception of various animals seized, in cages waiting to be reintroduced into the wild. The Guide qhuen (do not know if you write so) deserves an absolute 10
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  • We stopped by the park to visit the Endangered Animal Rescue Center and didn't spend a ton of time exploring the park, but we did enjoy a short nature walk. The park was a bit far away from other acti...  more »
  • We had a large group of 7 persons. We were led to the 1000-jährigem tree and a cave and through this round. Not has one absolutely paid off, as there own back or comes through. The food in the Park restaurant was also i.O. creating nature and hiking lovers at the heart. That descend from the cave is also still very dangerous without any backup.
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  • Nice park to stroll around on your bike. Be aware that certain sections inside the park will have people trying to charge you for parking, after you’ve already payed for the park entrance.
  • The 3hrs/6km hike was amazing. In the middle of the untouched nature. The ancient tree is impressive. The cave is also beautiful. Count about 6hrs to do the park and not be pressed by time.
  • I was there with my classmates in the university for a geography lesson.I love the most the way drive from outside to get inside the park.Also,you will have chance to see so many colorful butterflies on the road and big trees.We walked almost an hour to see the biggest tree on top .
  • Big natural reserve very well preserved and host of rescue centers for apes and tortles. Thousand-year old tree trail is gorgeous, including the impressice palace cave and some serious ancient trees specimens (sequoias)
  • 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.

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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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