Cuc Phuong National Park


Cuc Phuong National Park is a fantastic destination in Ninh Binh, Vietnam. Visiting Cuc Phuong, you can discover rich flora and fauna, see beautiful natural landscapes, và participate in several outdoor activities.

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It’s an excellent choice for a weekend getaway, where you can both relax and have the opportunity lớn learn more about the surrounding nature.

In this travel guide, I’ll nội dung useful information about Cuc Phuong National park, including the following section:

Best time lớn visitThings khổng lồ see & doBest places to lớn stayHow to get lớn Cuc Phuong ParkEntrance ticketWhat lớn packWhat lớn eatOther places to lớn visit in Ninh Binh

About Cuc Phuong Park

Cuc Phuong National Park is the first national forest of Vietnam. The park covers an area of 25,000 ha, adjacent khổng lồ 3 provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, and Thanh Hoa.

With the characteristic of tropical rainforest, green all year round, Cuc Phuong has a rich flora and fauna, including many rare plants và animals.

Specifically, the park has 307 species of birds, 133 species of mammals, 122 species of reptiles, và more than 2000 species of plants. Therefore, it plays an essential role in protecting & preserving Vietnam’s rare and precious animals.

Opening hours: Cuc Phuong is xuất hiện daily from 9:30 am lớn 11:30 am and from 1:30 am lớn 4:30 pm.

You can stay at these stilt houses in the forest center.

Staying outside Cuc Phuong

If you prefer khổng lồ stay outside Cuc Phuong park, Cuc Phuong resort is a good choice. It has bungalow-style rooms with comfortable beds, a swimming pool, and an on-site restaurant.

Cuc Phuong National Park itinerary

Here is a 2-day sample Cuc Phuong itinerary from Hanoi.

Day 1: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong

The morning departs from Hanoi và arrives at Cuc Phuong around 8 am.

After checking in, visit the entrance area và the surrounding area of the forest. Then have lunch and rest to lớn prepare for the visit in the afternoon.

In the early afternoon, you can rent bicycles to explore the forest và visit Nguoi Xua Cave. Then continue to lớn the forest center và see the thousand-year-old đến tree.

After that, visitors can stop by the turtle conservation center and primate rescue center.

Return lớn your khách sạn for dinner—end of day 1.

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Day 2: Discover Cuc Phuong – Hanoi

Get up early in the morning for a forest walk & have breakfast.

You can also register for some tours to lớn discover Cuc Phuong organized by the National Park.

In the evening, depart for Hanoi.

How to get from Hanoi khổng lồ Cuc Phuong

Cuc Phuong National Park is 120 km south of Hanoi & 45 km northwest of Ninh Binh. 

Getting from Hanoi to lớn Cuc Phuong Park

By bike

From Hanoi, follow National Highway 1A towards Ninh Binh, follow National Highway 1A to lớn Gian Khau junction (Gia Vien district, 10 km from Ninh Binh city). Then, follow Highway 12 about 35km lớn the forest gate, and continue lớn the park attractions.

By bus

There are two ways to lớn get from Hanoi to Cuc Phuong by bus. The bus travel time is about 2.5 khổng lồ 3 hours.

Take the bus directly from Giap Bat bus station (Hanoi Southern bus station) lớn Cuc Phuong National Park. Duc hanh hao bus (0912607066) departs from Giap Bat at 10 am, & Phu Duyen bus (0988118215) leaves at 3 pm. The bus goes straight lớn the park, so this is the most convenient option.You can also take a bus from Giap Bat station to lớn Nho quan (the nearest town). Buses depart at 8 am, 9 am, noon, 1 pm, 3 pm, & 4 pm. From Nho quan lại station, you can take a taxi or a motorbike taxi (Xe om). The distance from the station to lớn the forest gate is more than ten kilometers.ProviderDepartureArrival
Duc khô giòn bus10 am1 pm
Phu Duyen bus3 pm6 pm
Local bus8 am11 am
Local bus9 am12 pm
Local bus12 pm3 pm
Local bus1 pm4 pm
Local bus3 pm6 pm
Local bus4 pm7 pm
Local bus1 pm4 pm

There’s a daily bus departing from Cuc Phuong Park to Hanoi. The bus leaves Cuc Phuong National Park’s headquarter at 9 am for Giap Bat station & returns from Giap Bat station back khổng lồ the park at 3 pm.

How lớn get from Ninh Binh khổng lồ Cuc Phuong Park

From Ninh Binh, you can head in the direction of Trang An and Bai Dinh pagoda (15 km). From Bai Dinh to lớn the park (26 km), take the road behind the parking of Bai Dinh, then follow the big concrete road lớn the park.

Cuc Phuong park entrance ticket

Entrance ticket price for the park:

Adults: 60,000 VND / personStudents: 20,000 VND / personChildren: 10,000 VND / person

What to pack for Cuc Phuong National Park

Here are some essential items that you should pack for Cuc Phuong Park:

Long-sleeved clothing: if you stay overnight, you should prepare long-sleeved pajamas because there are often many insects here! Also, wear long-sleeved clothes when hiking.A jacketA thin sweater và raincoat to lớn avoid cold and frost.Personal medicine bagInsect sprays & anti-mosquitoesHigh và thick socks to lớn avoid leechesHiking shoes, especially if you’re planning khổng lồ explore some of the forest trails.Personal flashlight khổng lồ use when traveling at night & in the caves.HatSunscreen và sunglassesFood in the forest is not much & plentiful, so you should prepare enough food for two days, especially for a trip with young children.Water và snacks for hikingBinoculars lớn enjoy the viewA cameraPicnic camping equipment: If you plan overnight camping, you should prepare khổng lồ bring a few essential items such as tents, sleeping bags, & camping equipment.

Cuc Phuong park allows personal vehicles khổng lồ go directly inside. So you can drive your car, motorbike or exercise with bicycles và enjoy the fresh air of the forest.

What lớn eat in Ninh Binh

Visiting Cuc Phuong, you shouldn’t miss the mountain goat dish, Ninh Binh specialty. Also, try the mountain snail dish, which is only available here.

You should also try other delicious dishes such as grilled chicken, deep-fried perch, và Muong rice wine.

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