Cuc phuong national park travel


Cuc Phuong National Park is a fantastic destination in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. Visiting Cuc Phuong, you can discover rich flora và fauna, see beautiful natural landscapes, & participate in several outdoor activities.

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It’s an excellent choice for a weekend getaway, where you can both relax and have the opportunity to lớn learn more about the surrounding nature.

In this travel guide, I’ll cốt truyện useful information about Cuc Phuong National park, including the following section:

Best time to lớn visitThings to see and doBest places to stayHow khổng lồ get to lớn Cuc Phuong ParkEntrance ticketWhat to lớn packWhat to lớn eatOther places lớn visit in Ninh Binh

About Cuc Phuong Park

Cuc Phuong National Park is the first national forest of Vietnam. The park covers an area of 25,000 ha, adjacent khổng lồ 3 provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, and Thanh Hoa.

With the characteristic of tropical rainforest, green all year round, Cuc Phuong has a rich flora & fauna, including many rare plants and animals.

Specifically, the park has 307 species of birds, 133 species of mammals, 122 species of reptiles, & more than 2000 species of plants. Therefore, it plays an essential role in protecting and preserving Vietnam’s rare and precious animals.

Opening hours: Cuc Phuong is open daily from 9:30 am lớn 11:30 am & from 1:30 am lớn 4:30 pm.

You can stay at these stilt houses in the forest center.

Staying outside Cuc Phuong

If you prefer khổng lồ stay outside Cuc Phuong park, Cuc Phuong resort is a good choice. It has bungalow-style rooms with comfortable beds, a swimming pool, & an on-site restaurant.

Cuc Phuong National Park itinerary

Here is a 2-day sample Cuc Phuong itinerary from Hanoi.

Day 1: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong

The morning departs from Hanoi và arrives at Cuc Phuong around 8 am.

After checking in, visit the entrance area & the surrounding area of the forest. Then have lunch và rest lớn prepare for the visit in the afternoon.

In the early afternoon, you can rent bicycles to lớn explore the forest và visit Nguoi Xua Cave. Then continue khổng lồ the forest center và see the thousand-year-old cho tree.

After that, visitors can stop by the turtle conservation center & primate rescue center.

Return to lớn your khách sạn for dinner—end of day 1.

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Day 2: Discover Cuc Phuong – Hanoi

Get up early in the morning for a forest walk và have breakfast.

You can also register for some tours to discover Cuc Phuong organized by the National Park.

In the evening, depart for Hanoi.

How khổng lồ get from Hanoi khổng lồ Cuc Phuong

Cuc Phuong National Park is 120 km south of Hanoi và 45 km northwest of Ninh Binh. 

Getting from Hanoi to Cuc Phuong Park

By bike

From Hanoi, follow National Highway 1A towards Ninh Binh, follow National Highway 1A to Gian Khau junction (Gia Vien district, 10 km from Ninh Binh city). Then, follow Highway 12 about 35km to the forest gate, & continue khổng lồ the park attractions.

By bus

There are two ways lớn get from Hanoi to Cuc Phuong by bus. The bus travel time is about 2.5 lớn 3 hours.

Take the bus directly from Giap Bat bus station (Hanoi Southern bus station) to lớn Cuc Phuong National Park. Duc hanh khô bus (0912607066) departs from Giap Bat at 10 am, and Phu Duyen bus (0988118215) leaves at 3 pm. The bus goes straight to lớn the park, so this is the most convenient option.You can also take a bus from Giap Bat station to Nho quan liêu (the nearest town). Buses depart at 8 am, 9 am, noon, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 4 pm. From Nho quan tiền station, you can take a taxi or a motorbike taxi (Xe om). The distance from the station lớn the forest gate is more than ten kilometers.ProviderDepartureArrival
Duc khô hanh bus10 am1 pm
Phu Duyen bus3 pm6 pm
Local bus8 am11 am
Local bus9 am12 pm
Local bus12 pm3 pm
Local bus1 pm4 pm
Local bus3 pm6 pm
Local bus4 pm7 pm
Local bus1 pm4 pm

There’s a daily bus departing from Cuc Phuong Park to Hanoi. The bus leaves Cuc Phuong National Park’s headquarter at 9 am for Giap Bat station and returns from Giap Bat station back khổng lồ the park at 3 pm.

How to lớn get from Ninh Binh lớn Cuc Phuong Park

From Ninh Binh, you can head in the direction of Trang An and Bai Dinh pagoda (15 km). From Bai Dinh to the park (26 km), take the road behind the parking of Bai Dinh, then follow the big concrete road khổng lồ the park.

Cuc Phuong park entrance ticket

Entrance ticket price for the park:

Adults: 60,000 VND / personStudents: 20,000 VND / personChildren: 10,000 VND / person

What to pack for Cuc Phuong National Park

Here are some essential items that you should pack for Cuc Phuong Park:

Long-sleeved clothing: if you stay overnight, you should prepare long-sleeved pajamas because there are often many insects here! Also, wear long-sleeved clothes when hiking.A jacketA thin sweater & raincoat lớn avoid cold & frost.Personal medicine bagInsect sprays and anti-mosquitoesHigh và thick socks to avoid leechesHiking shoes, especially if you’re planning lớn explore some of the forest trails.Personal flashlight to lớn use when traveling at night and in the caves.HatSunscreen & sunglassesFood in the forest is not much và plentiful, so you should prepare enough food for two days, especially for a trip with young children.Water và snacks for hikingBinoculars to enjoy the viewA cameraPicnic camping equipment: If you plan overnight camping, you should prepare lớn bring a few essential items such as tents, sleeping bags, và camping equipment.

Cuc Phuong park allows personal vehicles to lớn go directly inside. So you can drive your car, motorbike or exercise with bicycles & enjoy the fresh air of the forest.

What khổng lồ eat in Ninh Binh

Visiting Cuc Phuong, you shouldn’t miss the mountain goat dish, Ninh Binh specialty. Also, try the mountain snail dish, which is only available here.

You should also try other delicious dishes such as grilled chicken, deep-fried perch, & Muong rice wine.

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