Visiting Cuc Phuong National Park is an interesting experience to get a closer look at Vietnam’s nature, and the benefit from tourism activities absolutely contributes to protect the parks wildlife and improve the local economy. The best time to visit the park is during the dry season, from October to March.
The most popular activity in Cuc Phuong National Park is trekking. Tourists will feel pleased when they walking up on mountains, experience the fresh air and the diversity in Cuc Phuong tropical forest. You can hire a guide who has a wide knowledge about Cuc Phuong Natinal Park, so he/she can lead you the way or you can walk by yourself.
With increased of tourists’ demand, management of Cuc Phuong has opened a large number of route so tourists have more choice to choose. Each journey lasts 4 to 5 hours. Travelers overcome cliffs, old trees and valleys. At night, you pitch camp in camping site. You form a ring around guide, listen stories about flora and fauna or history of Cuc Phuong. Especially, you have opportunity to watch nightlife animals such as Flying Squirrel, Civet etc.
Tourists will be fascinated at the beauty of Nature with thousand year – old tree, explore history of Cave of Prehistoric Man. Tourists should travel in dry season, from September to December to avoid insects. You also should bring necessary equipments: shoes, socks, torch, sleeping bag, anti- bugs spray, personal belongings and more important, you must have the best health status to enjoy your journey.
One fantastic way to experience Cuc Phuong is by cycling through the forest. Biking offers the visitor not only silence and a cool breeze, but it is also a great way to view the more secretive animals and birds of the national park.
Community Ecotourism is developing type of Cuc Phuong Travel recently. Unlike trekking, tourists stay outside in forests, with Community Ecotourism, they live in ethnic people’s house. Therefore, beside observing animals and plants in Cuc Phuong, tourists also have time to study more about ethnic group‘s habits and custom. You participate daily activities of Muong people, eat traditional food, or even dress their traditional clothes. Furthermore, you can enjoy folksongs and dances of different minorities which is performed by young Muong girls and boys who live around the national park.
While stay at the park, you can also participate into many fascinating entertainment activities including kayaking on artificial Mac lake or the natural Yen Quang Lake.
Cuc Phuong is home to a wealth of beautiful tropical birds, many of them endemic to Vietnam and Indochina. Some of the 308 species of rare birds that you might encounter are the Silver Pheasant, Red-collared Woodpecker, Brown Hornbill, Bar-bellied Pitta and so on. Cuc Phuong is quickly becoming a must-see destination for scientists and birdwatchers alike. The best time for bird-watching is early in the morning or in the late afternoon.
Visit the first Carnivore and Pangolin Education Centre in Vietnam
Visit Save Vietnam’s Wildlife’s Carnivore and Pangolin Education Centre which is 500 metres from Park Headquarters and find out more about Vietnam’s beautiful but sadly threatened wildlife. At the interactive education centre you can: See rescued animals in well designed and spacious enclosures and hear their stories; Watch videos about the rescue and release work of rare and critically endangered pangolins; See the traps used to hunt endangered wildlife; See the animals’ footprints and hear their calls; And there is lots of information on Vietnam’s carnivores and pangolins.