Cúc Phương National Park is located in Ninh Bình Province, in Vietnam's Red River Delta. Cuc Phuong was Vietnam's first national park and is the country's largest nature reserve. The park is one of the most important sites for biodiversity in Vietnam.Make Cuc Phuong National Park part of your personalized Ninh Binh itinerary using our Ninh Binh trip planner.
In 1960 Cúc Phương was made into a forest reserve and in 1962 Cúc Phương National Park was consecrated by President Ho Chi Minh. Human habitation in Cúc Phương dates back long before the park’s creation, 7,000-12,000 years ago. Artifacts from that time have been found in numerous caves within the park, including human graves, stone axes, pointed bone spears, oyster shell knives, and tools for grinding. In 1789 the Quen Voi section of the park was the site of a major battle in the civil war between Nguyễn Huệ and Thăng Long. More recently, conflicts have emerged between the government and 2,500 Muong ethnic minority tribesmen who live, farm, and hunt in the park. In 1987, 500 Muong were relocated outside of the park because of issues over poaching and land use.
Cúc Phương is situated in the foothills of the northern Annamite Range. The park consists of verdant karst mountains and lush valleys. Elevation varies from 150 meters (500 feet) to 656 m (2,152 feet) at the summit of May Bac Mountain, or Silver Cloud Mountain. The limestone mountains house numerous caves, many of which are accessible for exploration.
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At some point this national park had a lot of potential, however now it appears deserted and like a ghost town. Many buildings were completely empty and the staff at the ticket counter ignored us at..... more »
To enjoy Cuc Phuong national park in the best way: - travel by motor bicycle or privat car to the park. You will need it when going to certain areas in the park, some of the best hiking spots are 20.... more »
One of our best experiences in Vietnam! The scenery is amazing! Walking through the park was epic! Words cannot describe the feeling you get when you are there and you love being in nature!
Definitely a nice park, bit you'll need a guide to see everything. Only 3 sites are open for travelers in their own. Entry fee is 60.000 Dong, for seeing the apes and turtles it's another 60.000 Dong. You can rent a bike there or enter with yours, also taking your scooter in is allowed.
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