Cuc Phuong National Park

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The Cuc Phuong National Park is about 120km southwest of Hanoi and 60km far from the sea. The Park is located on the borders of three provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa. The Park covers an area of 22,000 ha, three-quarters of which are Limestone Mountains, averagely 300-600m above the sea level. The highest peak is called May Bac (Silver Cloud), 648.2m high.

There, the climate is characterized by tropical monsoons; the average temperature during the year is around 24.7 degree C; the mean humidity is 90%. The terrain of the Park is complicated and not easy for trekking through forest. However, this primitive forest with its unique landscape is attractive to tourists the most. The Park boasts wonderful caves with numerous mysteries.

If you have time, you should explore the caves of Trang Khuyet, Chua, Thuy Tien, Nguoi Xua, Con Moong, San Ho,ect. You should not miss a hot spring (38 degree C) for relaxation. The vegetation cover is classified into three types. The flora is quite a treasure with a wide variety of 1,944 species, 908 genera and 229 families. Especially it is enjoyable to touch the thousand year old cho xanh (parashrea stellate) and sau (Dracontomelum Duperranum or Dancorra Edulis) trees, 50-70m high. This natural reserve is covered with 2,000 species of plants.

Especially orchid flowers are abundant with 50 species, some of which blossom and have aroma all year around. The fauna is diversified represented by 71 animal species, 319 bird species, 33 reptile species and 16 amphibian species. Rate species include the bear, horse wild boar, tiger, leopard, fox, squirrel, monkey, etc. A larg area, for half-natural breeding, is reserved for raising wild animals such as the spotted deer, deer, golden monkey, langur (vooc quan dui), flying squirrel, draco (than lan bay) and rebeach.

The Park is also home to hundreds of beautiful and strange birds and butterflies.
Access to cuc Phuong National park is quite easy. The strictly protected park offers tourists tropical primitive forest and bio-diversity and scientists have a great deal of subjects to research on.

The best time to visit the park is during the dry months from October to March.

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