Ninh Binh

Other UNESCO world heritage landscape of massive limestone karsts Trang An and rich fauna and flora tropical forest of Cuc Phuong National Park.

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Ninh Binh

Located 140 km South of Hanoi, Cuc Phuong is the first National Park of Vietnam established in 1962. The botanical richness of the forest is impressive as it supports a wide variety of flora species and patches of primeval forest, including ancient trees with thick clusters of roots, parasitic plants and ligneous creepers.

 

There are also over 120 species of birds and many varieties of beetles living in the park. In April and May swarms of butterflies arrive. At night, millions of cicadas create a deafening din and millions of fireflies flicker about. Some tree species have been introduced from Burma, India, and Borneo. Varieties include thousand-year dracontomelum and parashorea trees that can be visited in a one or two hour hike. Coral, vanilla, snow-white and butterfly orchids are also easily spotted. Large mammals inhabit the park including panthers and bears, but rarely appear. Often seen are monkeys, gibbons, flying squirrels and pheasants.

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highlights

  • Hiking and trekking in Cuc Phuong follows kilometers of trails and passes through old-growth forests, as well as caves, waterfalls and streams. Trekking here also offers opportunities to visit and meet with the Muong ethnic communities the live in the park.
  • Located in between three provinces, it's easy to combine a Cuc Phuong trip with trips to Mai Chau or Trang An World Heritage, Pu Luong Nature Reserve is also nearby.
  • Night-explorations where we will venture in search of the jungle’s nocturnal critters and creatures, including civets, owls, large insects, flying squirrels, and bats.
  • A boat trip to witness Halong bay on land of Trang An is simply a must!
  • Biking in Ninh Binh is a harmonic scenic journey of mountains, limestones and rice fields. A little hot in summer if biking but in winter, the weather is just super supportive for bikers.