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Explore Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh - Asia's leading national park

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Cuc Phuong National Park is Vietnam's first national park. This place is not only the largest wildlife sanctuary in Southeast Asia but also an extremely attractive green ecotourism destination. Let's explore this exciting destination with Migo on your journey to explore Ninh Binh!


About 120km south of Hanoi, Cuc Phuong National Park is located deep in the heart of the Tam Diep range, stretching across 3 provinces: Thanh Hoa, Hoa Binh and Ninh Binh. 

With an area of 22,408ha mainly primeval forests, Cuc Phuong National Park is preserving a very unique forest ecosystem on limestone mountains with the most biodiversity in Vietnam.  body diameter up to a few meters, and height up to 50m. Besides, this place is also home to thousands of types of wildlife, including many rare species such as star deer, pheasant, white butt langur ... Cuc Phuong is where traces of prehistoric fishing species were found 200 million years ago.


The terrain stretches across 3 provinces in the north central, red river delta and northwest, giving Cuc Phuong National Park a diverse climate of change.

From February to April. At this time, the weather is cool, sunny, extremely suitable for sightseeing activities. You can meet animals such as pheasants, jays ... When it comes at this time.

The end of April - May: it is early summer, considered the most beautiful time to visit Cuc Phuong. This is the time when cuc Phuong butterfly season begins to bring visitors many new experiences. 

June - August: Cuc Phuong becomes an ideal hot spot for visitors. However, this is also a time when there is frequent summer rain, so you need to see the weather information before starting the trip. 

August - October: Cuc Phuong time in this autumn is the perfect season for going to the forest and camping. This is also the time when Cuc Phuong is not too crowded so visitors do not need to worry about jostling.

November - January next year: Cuc Phuong in the east, it becomes cold, the road is relatively difficult, the weather in the primeval forest is relatively complicated so this is not the right time for you to go to the forest. 


The most suitable time to travel to Cuc Phuong is the beginning of summer.


There are many different means for you to move to Cuc Phuong National Park. In which 2 common ways are to travel by personal vehicle along National Highway 1A or travel by bus, catch the Giap Bat - Nho Quan route, then from Nho Quan continue to take the bus to Cuc Phuong.

Tourist attractions in Cuc Phuong

Besides cuc Phuong primeval forest, visitors can also explore many other attractive attractions.

Cuc Phuong Botanical Garden

This is a tropical rainforest point with cool green vegetation and is home to many rare animals, typically white butt langurs. This is the place where visitors can admire the hundreds of years old trees in Cuc Phuong such as Dang tree 45m high, thousand-year-old hut tree with a diameter of 20 people hugging.

Explore the cave

Coming to Cuc Phuong, visitors can also explore many famous caves in the forest such as The Ancient Cave (Bitter Cave) which is the place to store the whereabouts and burials of prehistoric people; Moong Cave - the residence of the ancient dark people, also an important archaeological site, The Crescent Cave, The Gong Cave ...

Muong people

In cuc Phuong area, there is a village of muong community with unique activities. Here, visitors can explore the life of the indigenous residents of Cuc Phuong, visit the stilts, brocade looms, terraces or have interesting cultural experiences. 

Photo Hunting Cuc Phuong in the beautiful butterfly season shimmering

Cuc Phuong butterfly season falls around the end of April - May every year. At this time, thousands of forest butterflies create a very fancy and unique scenery that makes visitors look foolish to walk. 

Come to Cuc Phuong and explore the rich world of flora and fauna.

Cuc Phuong Museum

This is a building built to serve the preservation and preservation of samples. Visiting Cuc Phuong Museum, you can learn about specimens of insects, animals, plants such as dragonflies, cicadas, stick bugs and a variety of animals. 

Silver Cloud Peak

Silver Cloud Peak has a height of 648m. Exploring the top of Silver Cloud, you will be able to see the beautiful scenery of the primeval forest. From the top of the mountain, you can also observe the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, Bai Dinh Pagoda.

Yen Quang Lake - Pho Ma Cave

To explore Yen Quang Lake, you can follow Nho Quan Road, to Tri Phuong Bridge and then turn west to reach the lake area. Yen Quang Lake has a large, airy space that will bring visitors interesting relaxing moments. Going through the Valley of the Leaves will reach the foot of the limestone mountain with Phò Ma Cave - the magical architecture of nature with interesting shapes. 

Cuc Phuong Rescue Center

It is also known as the center for the rescue, conservation and development of Cuc Phuong creatures, which is a place to nurture and preserve many precious primates. Visiting this place, visitors can witness a variety of primates and gain more knowledge about this animal very close to humans.

Visit the Cuc Phuong Rescue Center to learn more about the animals here.

Ticket price to visit Cuc Phuong forest 

You can refer to the ticket prices as follows:

  • Children under 5 years old: Free
  • Children : 10,000 VND / person
  • Student/student: VND 20,000/person
  • Adults: 60,000 VND/person

Note: Students/students need to present their student ID card to enjoy the preferential price policy. The above price is the fare of admission inside the National Park, not including the cost of other services such as car rental, boat ride, dining, hiring a guide. 

Visiting Cuc Phuong forest, surely visitors can not ignore the famous delicious dishes of this place such as hill chicken, Muong pork, mountain goat or mountain snails, roasted grasshoppers ...

Currently, with relatively complete infrastructure, tourists can stay right in Cuc Phuong forest. specifically, you can stay at Cuc Phuong forest. garden gate with room rates ranging from 350,000 - 1,000,000 VND / room. Mo Lake Area with campfire space, outdoor dining is attractive for large groups of people with room rates from 350,000 - 600,000 VND / room / day. Or Central District located inside the national park with separate stilt houses and apartments from 450,000 - 700,000 VND / room / day. In each area there are traditional stilt houses, the price is only from 1,200,000 - 1,500,000 VND / house / day. 

There are also some other stops located near Cuc Phuong National Park for you to refer to such as Vedana Resort Cuc Phuong, Cuc Phuong Bungalow, Cuc Phuong Resort,...

In order for the visit to Cuc Phuong to be complete and safe, you should note the following points:

  • Prepare hats, hats, bandages, drinking water, mosquito repellents, insect repellents ...
  • Wear comfortable shoes, long-sleeved clothing for the process of walking in the forest. 
  • It is necessary to apply mosquito repellent cream to the head, wrists, ankles before starting to move into the forest. 
  • Do not forget to bring binoculars, camera to save interesting natural images

Above, Migo introduced you to the travel experience of exploring Cuc Phuong National Park from A-Z. Hopefully this information will help you have an interesting and memorable trip. Don't forget to follow Migo for the latest travel information!

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