CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK
Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park in Vietnam. Located only 120km southwest of Hanoi and nestled between the provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa, Cuc Phuong boasts an engaging cultural and wildlife heritage and enchanting scenery. Magnificent Limestone Mountains rise up majestically from the green rice-terraces and traditional stilt houses of the Muong hill-tribe. Covered in a dense forest, this landscape forms the habitat for some of Asia’s rarest animal and plant species. It is no wonder that researchers, naturalists, enthusiasts and conservationists alike are drawn to this corner of the world.
The ancient forest harbours over 2234 vascular and non-vascular plants, 122 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 135 species of mammals, including the Clouded Leopard, Delacour’s Langur, Owston’s Civet and Asian Black Bear. There are also an incredible 336 documented bird species. Visitors in April and May should be blessed with the chance to see literally thousands of vibrant butterflies.
Limestone Karst Landscape
Located on 2 limestone mountain ranges, the landscape of Cuc Phuong contains a wonderfully rich ecosystem. The rocky outcrops of Cuc Phuong form the site of valuable pale ontological and anthropological vestiges, including a fossilized sea reptile dated at 200 – 230 million years old, while the remains of prehistoric people who lived in the forest some 7500 years ago are also to be found in the numerous mountain caves.
In earlier times, Cuc Phuong was home to the Muong minority people and to this day a few scattered villages around the park’s periphery still house these interesting people and their unique culture. If you visit these communities you can still see their traditional stilt houses, waterwheels, bamboo rafts and brocade looms.
Around Cuc Phuong
From Cuc Phuong we would suggest that you take a trip to Van Long, where you can see Delacour’s Langurs in the wild, to Ngoc Son and Pu Luong Nature Reserve – all within easy access. Just ask us and we will set you on the right path.
- Park Authorities
- Functional Department:
– Personnel Departments
– Plan – finance Department
– International Cooperation & Scientific Department.
– Forest Protection Department.
– Environmental Education & Services Center.
– The Organism Rescue, Conservation and Development Center.
- Year 2000, the Government granted with the title of Hero of labour in the Innovation period.
- Year 2002, the Government granted Independence Medal as the park has gained many achievements in nature conservation and many other noble rewards.
Cuc Phuong National Park is located 100km south of Hanoi in Ninh Binh province. The park is conveniently located on the route to several tourist attractions, including Bich Dong Pagoda, Hoa Lu, and Sam Son Beach. It was officially opened in 1960 as the first national park in Vietnam. Cuc Phuong National Park is surrounded by several limestone cliffs, the highest being May Bac, meaning “silver cloud,” with a height of 656m.
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Located 130km south of Hanoi in Ninh Binh province, Cuc Phuong National Park and the surrounding area make a perfect side trip from Hanoi. The Park is an important nature reserve and ecosystem with peaks of over 600 Meters and valleys of subtropical rainforest.
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