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Prices From £399.00Duration 4 daysFirst Available Departure 1 Jan 2021Last Available Departure 31 Dec 2022
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Cuc Phuong National Park Overview

Cuc Phuong was Vietnam"s first national park & it remains a wild jewel in the north of the country. The heavily forested subtropical lowlands shelter 135 mammal species, 336 bird species & 2234 species of plants. Some of the park"s most rare mammals include the clouded leopard & Asian black bears.

Cuc Phuong National Park Wildlife Discovery

Cuc Phuong was Vietnam"s first national park và it remains a wild jewel in the north of the country. The heavily forested subtropical lowlands shelter 135 mammal species, 336 bird species and 2234 species of plants. Some of the park"s most rare mammals include the clouded leopard và Asian đen bears. The park is as rich in beauty as it is in biodiversity.

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Touring style: Professional English speaking guide và driver, private basis.

Best time to visit the park is during the dry season, from November lớn February.

Day 1: Hanoi to lớn Cuc Phuong National Park

Depart from Hanoi by road to lớn Cuc Phuong National Park. Cuc Phuong National Park was established in 1962 by President Ho đưa ra Minh as Vietnam’s first National Park và is renowned for both its scenery và its flora & fauna. The National Park is exceptionally rich in biodiversity and is said to lớn be trang chủ to 2234 species of plants. 122 species of reptiles và amphibians, 135 species of mammals và 336 bird species. On arrival, visit the Visitors Centre lớn understand the park"s natural resources & unique environment. Continue khổng lồ the Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Centre & the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Centre, two important research centres vital for the breeding, rehabilitation & preservation of animals rescued from poachers.

In the afternoon, visit the Cave of Prehistoric Man, where human skeletons and stone tools dated khổng lồ some 7.500 years ago. N the evening, you will join a night walk with the national park guide to the pitch black forest for an opportunity to lớn spot the forest’s numerous nocturnal creatures, which include civets, owls, flying squirrels, bats and cats. Overnight in the simple guest house inside the national park.

Distances và journey time:

Hanoi khổng lồ Cuc Phuong National Park 110 km: 2.5 hrs

Day 2: Cuc Phuong National Park

Wake to the singing of gibbons và the sounds of the surrounding forest. After breakfast, embark on the 7 km loop trail adventure to visit the 1000-year old tree. This 7 km loop trail offers an opportunity lớn discover the tropical fauna and flora of the national park. Enjoy a rustic lunch at the restaurant in the national park.

In the afternoon, you may wish khổng lồ cycle lớn Yen quang đãng Lake ( 7 km) , where there is the chance khổng lồ kayak amidst beautiful scenery and local people fishing in the lake.

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Arrive at Cuc Phuong Resort và Spa after a short transfer later this afternoon.

Distances and journey time:

Cuc Phuong National Park khổng lồ Cuc Phuong Resort và Spa: 3 km: 20 minutes

Day 3: Cuc Phuong National Park to lớn Ninh Binh

After breakfast join a 9-km hike khổng lồ visit the Ancient Tree before having a picnic lunch in the forest. After visiting the 200 – 230 million years old Dinosaur Fossil, walk to lớn the main road where your guide will be waiting to drive back to lớn the centre.

Depart from Cuc Phuong National Park for Ninh Binh, famous for its jutted karst formations with lush green rice paddies, also known as Halong bay on land.

Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Distances and journey time:

Cuc Phuong National Park to Ninh Binh: 50 km: 1.5 hrs

Day 4: Ninh Binh - Hanoi & Depart

Depart for the site of Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit the temples dedicated to lớn Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80), & Emperor Le Dai khô cứng of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). Take a half-hour walk up one of the surrounding limestone karst hills for spectacular views.

Afternoon visit Van Long Nature Reserve for a boat trip. Covering an area of nearly 3,000 hectares, Van Long is the largest wetland nature reserve in the North of Vietnam and a 1.5 hr boat trip by traditional sampan is the perfect way to see this area. Van Long’s fauna includes 39 species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Some of these species have been classified as globally endangered animals such as the white-breeched languor which can be seen occasionally early morning or late afternoon.

Late afternoon transfer by road back to Hanoi (approx. 2 hours) arriving in the early evening.