Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong is the very first 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 lime-stone 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.
Van Long Natural Reserve offers wonderful views of landscapes and rural life. In comparison with Tam Coc and Trang An, which are more popular, Van Long is much more primitive and completely untouched. Beautiful scenery, quiet, with only a few other small boats gliding along, here you may get to catch many birds and rare monkeys and get stunning views of landscape and rural life. Along with the river, water was so clear that it looks like a mirror reflecting mountains, grottoes and the sky.
Visitor Center & Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC) and Turtle Conservation Center
Cave of Prehistoric Man (0,3km walk)
1000 year old tree trail (6km walk on loop trail)
1.5 hour boat-ride in Van Long Nature Reserve
8:00AM: Get picked-up by our tour guide and driver at your hotel in Ninh Binh City. If your hotel is outside the city, surcharge may be applied.
9:00AM: Arrive at Cuc Phuong at around 9:00 am. You will visit the Visitor Center where you can learn more about the park from the pictures and models on display; visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center – one of the highlights of a visit to Cuc Phuong, where you can observe some of the rarest primate species in the world, after the EPRC you will continue with a visit to the Turtle Conservation Center where we kept 20 species of turtle and tortoises for rescue and conservation. Afterwards, have lunch in a local restaurant at park headquarters.
1:00PM: Drive 20km to the park center where you begin hiking a 7km loop trail to see the 1000 year old tree. On this trail you will have a chance to discover the secrets of nature. This one day tour will conclude with a visit to the Cave of Prehistoric Man, where human skeletons and stone tools dated to some 7.500 years old have been found.
3:30PM: Leave Cuc Phuong and head to Van Long.
4:00PM: Enjoy the 1.5 hour boat-ride in Van Long Nature Reserve.
6:00PM: Trip ends at your hotel.
What to bring: Boots/sport shoes, headlights, camera, hat, insect repellent
Transfer by private A/C car
English speaking tour guide
Entrance fees and sight-seeing tickets
01 hour boat-ride in Van Long
Lunch (food is catered for vegetarians or dietary restrictions)
01 bottle 500ml of mineral water/pax/trip
Other drinks and personal expenses
|Group size||Full-board tour (USD/PAX)||Driver only (USD/CAR)|
|From 02 to 04||55||48|
|From 05 and up||53||70|