Cuc Phuong National Park (Vườn Quốc-gia Cúc-phương) is in Ninh Binh Province of Vietnam. Cuc Phuong National Park is Vietnam’s largest national park and one of the most important sites for biodiversity in the country. It is homes to hundreds of species of flora and fauna.
The park can be visited from Hanoi as a day trip or visitors can stay at the park’s lodging for a longer stay. Visiting the park is a terrific opportunity to get a close look at Vietnam’s nature and fees generated from tourism help protect the parks wildlife and improve the local economy. The best time of the year to visit the park is during the dry season, from November to February.
Day 1: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong
In the morning we leave Hanoi for Cuc Phuong National Park, which is 130km south of Hanoi. Upon arrival in the national park we visit to the Primate Rescue Centre, which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of the endangered primates of Vietnam. From here we drive further to the centre of the national park where we start our real jungle trek through the national park. A national park ranger will be our on-site guide who makes sure that we do not get lost and he will tell us about the flora and fauna of the park. Picnic lunch in the shade of a giant tree. After 6-hr trek with lots of descents and ascents on jungle trails we make the last climb downhill to a peaceful valley and reach the village of Khanh, home to Muong ethnic minority. We will have dinner and spend our night with a family in their traditional house-on-stilt.
Day 2: Cuc Phuong – “Halong Bay on the rice field” – Hanoi
After breakfast we say goodbye to the hosts and drive to Thung Nang, which is known as the “Halong Bay on the rice field”. This is a stunning area of limestone mountains, rice fields and river. The scenery is just as stunning as the famous World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. The difference is the mountains are on the rice fields not on the sea. We will take a boat trip to explore the beauty of the sight.
In the afternoon we head back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 6 pm.
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