Cuc Phuong National Park is a preserved tropical rainforest and also the largest nature reserve in the country. This is home to over 300 species of rare birds and 2000 species of plants well-protected to maintain the untouched wildlife of Ninh Binh.
For anyone loves nature, this is a suitable place to discover and definitely listed in Ninh Binh things to see. There are many ways to explore Cuc Phuong National Park via the densely rainforested road.
Biking and hiking are the best choices to slowly stroll through the jungle. Other than the fauna and flora, there is a cave of prehistoric man found in the jungle and worth paying a visit.
Tourists can buy the ticket at reception. The entrance fee to the park is 20.000 VND and 30.000 VND if you want to visit The Endangered Primate Rescue Centre
Activities in Cuc Phuong National Park
Trekking in Cuc Phuong primary jungle
Most of the travelers coming here share the same activity: trekking. Cuc Phuong National Park offers numerous jungle trek routes with different itineraries. You can go alone in some trek rout, but others require you to go with a park-guide or local scout.
Among those routes, the route of overnight camping in Muong Village is the most adventurous and popular. It is one of the hardest jungle trek route with 30 kilometers walking in 2-3 days and your group must have at least 5 people. You will have a chance to stay overnight with the local people and explore the unique traditional culture.
If you want to get yourself into a scene of Lion King, let’s throw yourself into Cuc Phuong Park. Here is the host of species listed in the Red Book of Vietnam and species characterized by the jungle. Cuc Phuong is an ideal place for bird-watching as you can see tropical bird flocks coming from anywhere in the jungle.
One of the greatest things in Cuc Phuong National Park is the butterfly season from April to May. During this time, thousands of colourful butterflies will be flying around you and charming you by their beauty.
Pay a visit to the conservation centers
The conservation centers can be regarded as the highlight of Cuc Phuong National Park. You will be amazed by the stories of origins of all kinds of species, from animals to plants.
The Cuc Phuong Botanical Garden was established in 1985 and listed in the International Botanical Gardens. It was built to preserved genetic resources and rare plants, forming a semi-wild ecology for these kinds of flora. You can easily access the garden within a walking distance.
Another center is the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre. People are doing good things here by rescuing individual rare primates such as Gray langur, Cat Ba langur, etc, from confiscation, releasing animals to nature, research on primate’s living habits and environment. This is a wonderful place of a good deed.
If you want something more academic, you can visit Cuc Phuong Museum. This is an important study site for students, conservation experts, botanists and tourists all alike. The museum has been the preservation site of specimens such as insects, butterflies and other animals such as bear, leopard, monkey, etc.
Uncover the prehistoric caves
You see, you can find an impressive cave almost everywhere in Vietnam, and Ninh Binh Cuc Phuong National Park is not an exception.
Some of the must-visited caves include the Cave of Prehistoric Man (contains the traces of shelter and graves of prehistoric man), Mang Chieng Cave (a relic of Stone Age residents, containing many artifacts, animal & human remains) and Trang Khuyet Cave (Crescent Moon). They are all remarkably appealing – they will make you want to take photo continuously!
See with your eyes the thousand-year-old tree.
There is an ancient tree in the Cuc Phuong National Park, its history dated back a millennium years ago. The ancient tree is 45m high and more than 20 people are needed to embrace the tree together. You should go and see with your eyes the mother tree of this jungle sometimes.
Cycling & kayaking
Let’s get back to the local culture by going for a village cycling. You can rent a bike at a really cheap price and drive yourself through some part of the jungle. It will be a peaceful and relaxing ride for you to rest your mind. You will feel the peace of the mountainous atmosphere and the rhythm of the wildlife.
Kayaking is a more physically challenging activity, but it is also great for any tourists. you should not miss your chance to experience kayaking on Mac Lake and Yen Quang Lake among the very green, peaceful and ideal jungle space.
Conquer the May Bac Peak (Silver Cloudy Peak)
Conquering the May Bac Peak is a must for any photographer. When you stand at May Bac Peak, which is around 700 meters above the sea level, the stunning panorama of Cuc Phuong National Park will be all yours. You will have a chance to see the entire view of Trang An Eco-tourism Complex in North Ninh Binh. The mesmerizing landscape will surely capture your heart.