Discover Vietnam’s Oldest National Park: A Journey to Cuc Phuong

Discover Vietnam’s Oldest National Park: A Journey to Cuc Phuong

Private day trip to Cuc Phuong National Park! Meet captivating monkeys at the primate center, marvel at the ancient turtles, savor a traditional Vietnamese lunch, explore a 7000-year-old cave, and stand in awe of a majestic 1000-year-old tree.

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Cuc Phuong National Park – Private tour

Itinerary

8:00 – 8:30 AM: We will pick you up from your hotel. Please be ready in the hotel lobby at 8:00 AM.

8:30 – 10:00 AM: Enjoy the scenic drive to Cuc Phuong National Park. The journey should take about 1.5 hours.

10:00 – 11:30 AM: Upon arrival, our guide will accompany you to the Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC) and the Turtle Conservation Center (TCC). You will learn about the park’s conservation efforts and the various species they protect and rehabilitate.

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: We will then drive another 20 km to the center of the park. Use this time to take in the beautiful views of the park.

12:00 – 3:00 PM: Begin your hiking adventure. You will embark on a 7 to 10 km trail, which includes a visit to the renowned Thousand-Year-Old Tree and visit a 7000 year old cave. Enjoy the rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes of the park as you hike.

3:00 – 4:00 PM: After the hike, you will have a well-deserved lunch at the park center. This is a great time to reflect on the day’s activities and rest before the journey back.

4:00 – 5:00 PM: There will be some free time after lunch. You can use this opportunity to explore the nearby areas, take more photos, or simply relax.

5:00 PM: We will begin the drive back to your hotel.

6:30 – 7:00 PM: Arrival at your hotel. This marks the end of the tour.

Please note: The actual timing may vary depending on factors such as traffic and the pace of the hike. Always follow the guide’s instructions and park rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

Included

  • Transportation: Round-trip transportation from your hotel in Ninh Binh, Tam Coc, or Trang An to Cuc Phuong National Park.
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Tour guide: A guide to show you the main attractions of the park, provide information about the flora and fauna, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Visits to Conservation Centers: Your itinerary includes visits to the Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC), the Turtle Conservation Center (TCC), and possibly other facilities.
  • Vietnamese lunch

Excluded

  • Personal Expenses: Any personal purchases or expenses, such as souvenirs, snacks, or drinks.
  • Gratuities: Tips for guides or drivers.
  • Optional Activities: Any activities not listed in the itinerary, such as bike rentals or additional tours.

About Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong National Park is the largest national park in Vietnam and also one of the most important biodiversity sites in the country. It’s located in Ninh Binh province, about 120 kilometers southwest of Hanoi, and spreads across three provinces.

Established in 1962, the park is the oldest in Vietnam, spanning over 22,000 hectares. It’s covered by a tropical rainforest and characterized by karst mountains and lush valleys.

The park boasts an impressive range of flora and fauna, with over 2,000 species of trees, some of which are over 1,000 years old. It’s home to a variety of mammal species, including the Asian black bear, northern white-cheeked gibbon, and the endangered Delacour’s langur, among others. It’s also rich in bird species, with over 300 recorded species, making it a paradise for bird watchers.

The park also contains evidence of human habitation dating back thousands of years, including cave dwellings and prehistoric tools, making it a site of significant archaeological interest.

Tourist activities in the park include hiking, exploring the caves, bird-watching, and visiting the conservation centers. The park offers a unique opportunity to explore the rich biodiversity of Vietnam and to learn about conservation efforts in the country.

Conservation centers

Cuc Phuong National Park is home to several important conservation centers. These centers play a crucial role in the park’s mission to protect and conserve Vietnam’s native wildlife, while also working to educate the public about the importance of biodiversity and conservation.

Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC)

This center focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam’s endangered and critically endangered primate species. The EPRC is home to about 150 primates representing 15 species.

Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Program (CPCP)

Established in 1995, the CPCP focuses on the conservation of small carnivores and pangolins. Their work includes rescue, rehabilitation and release of animals confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade, as well as research and education.

Turtle Conservation Center (TCC)

The TCC is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam’s native turtle species, many of which are threatened by hunting and habitat loss.

Cuc Phuong Botanical Garden

While not a conservation center in the traditional sense, the botanical garden is an important part of the park’s conservation work. The garden cultivates both common and endangered plant species from around Vietnam, and serves as a center for botanical research and education.

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