Cuc Phuong National Park – Major Attraction in Ninh Binh Province

Located a hundred kilometers southwest of Hanoi, Cuc Phuong National Park (Ninh Binh Province) is the easternmost part of a limestone range emanating from the Son La Plateau in northern Vietnam.

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Cuc Phuong National Park is a globally important example of a terrestrial karsts ecosystem and the only remaining large area of lowland and limestone forest in northern Vietnam. Just two hours south of Hanoi, large shadows of the first karsts towers interrupt the reflections from the rice fields, signaling Cuc Phuong’s proximity.

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In the spring, millions of white and yellow migrating butterflies surround visitors as soon as they enter the Cuc Phuong National Park. The eco-tourist’s destination should always be the Primate Rescue Center and a conversation with staff members about their efforts to rescue Vietnam’s most fascinating primates from the wildlife trade.

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Extinction threatens most langurs and gibbons; Cuc Phuong National Park is the only place to see them without spending weeks in the forests. Gibbons call from a fenced hill. Across the path, Fauna and Flora International (FFI) and Education for Nature – Vietnam (ENV),  a Vietnamese non-governmental organization, have project offices to help the Park develop Vietnam’s first Park Center for visitors. Staff members there will introduce visitors to Cuc Phuong National Park’s unique karst eco-systems, including fauna and flora.

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In the afternoon, visitors can take a walk on a marked two hour trail to see Cuc Phuong National Park’s giant trees in a rare stand of primary tropical forest. An incredible diversity of trees, lianas, and ferns overgrows the karsts. An important archaeological site, which was a home of early man, is also home to seventeen species of bats.

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Visitors who stay overnight can go birding in the morning chill at 6.00 am and might see bar-bellied Pitta birds and trogons just beyond the park gates. Silver pheasants and jungle fowl are plentiful. On the way home, travelers can turn left to visit Van Long, a small limestone outcrop surrounded by a wetland just before the junction with Highway 1.

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Local villagers will row visitors in small boats so that they can come close to the rock. In addition, they can see Delacour’s Lungurs, a critically endangered primate endemic to the Cuc Phuong National Park – Pu Luong Limestone Range. Protected by local people, the lungers cavort in the late afternoon as tourists watch.

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Hanoi Tours Expert offers several tours to Cuc Phuong National Park including one day tour to Cuc Phuong, 2 days tour to Cuc Phuong. Cuc Phuong National Park is ideal place for those who love nature and wildlife.

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