Cuc Phuong National Park

Foundation in 1962, Cuc Phuong National Park is first National Park in Vietnam. Located only 120km south west of Hanoi. It's located on the provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa. Cuc Phuong boasts an engaging cultural and wildlife heritage and enchanting scenery.

butter fly in Cuc Phuong National Park

Magnificent limestone mountains rise up majestically from the green rice terraces and traditional stilts houses of the Muong hill tribe. Covered in dense forest, this landscape forms a habitat for some of Asia's rarest animal and plant species. It's no wonder that researchers, naturalists, enthusiasts and conservationists alike are drawn to this corner of the world.

image of Cuc Phuong National Park

The old forest is around 2234 blood vessel and non blood vessel plants, 122 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 135 species of mammals, including the Clouded Leopard, Delacour's Langur, Owston's Civet and Asian black bear. There is also incredible 336 recorded bird species. Visitors in Apr and May should be blessed with the opportunity to see literally thousands of vibrant butterflies.

Limestone Karst Landscape

Located on 2 limestone mountain ranges, the landscape of Cuc Phuong contains a superbly rich ecosystem. The rocky outcrops of Cuc Phuong form the site of precious pale ontological and anthropological vestiges, including the petrified sea reptile dated at 200 - 230 million years old, whilst the remains of prehistoric individuals who lived in the forest some 7500 years ago are also to be found in the numerous mountains caves. It's a great to do trekking tour in Cuc Phuong National Park.


In earlier times, Cuc Phuong was home to the Muong minority individuals and also To this day a few scattered villages around the park's periphery still house these intriguing people and their distinctive culture. If you visit these communities you may still see their traditional pile houses, waterwheels, bamboo rafts and brocade looms. Around Cuc Phuong. From Cuc Phuong we'd Suggest you make a trip to Van Long Nature Reserve, where one can see Delacour's Languras in the wild at Ngoc Son and the Pu Luong Nature Reserve - all in easy access. Just ask us and we'll set you on the right path.

image of Cuc Phuong National Park


  • Park Authorities
  • Functional Department: - Personnel Departments. - Plan - finance Department. - International Cooperation & Scientific Department.
  • Units: - Forest Protection Department. - Environmental Education & Services Center. - The Organism Rescue, Conservation and Development Center.

Remarkable Achievements.

  • Year 2000, the Government granted with the title of Hero of labour in the Innovation period.
  • Year 2002, the Government granted Independence Medal as the park has gained many achievements in nature conservation and many other noble rewards.

When is the best time to go to Cuc Phuong National Park?

  • The climate in Cuc Phuong is tropical monsoon, with an annual average temperature of 24.7°C. Topography is complex, forest in primitive form contains many mysteries, and unique landscape.
  • From November to January next year is quite cold period in the North, this occasion should not go into the forest.
  • Around February to April is the season to see the birds such as: pheasant, coriander, marble babbler, chopped white belly.
  • Late April in early May is the butterfly season in Cuc Phuong. At this time, Cuc Phuong National Park appeared thousands of butterflies full of colors create a scenic, romantic.
  • From April to August every year, the weather is beautiful but sometimes there may be rain or storm, you notice the weather before you go.

How to get to Cuc Phuong National Park?

Public transport

From Hanoi you have 2 options to catch the car to reach Cuc Phuong

  • Getting directly from Giap Bat bus station to Cuc Phuong. Morning car Duc Hanh 0912607066 depart from Giap Bat at 10h. Afternoon Phu Duyen car 0988118215 depart at 15h. The car is straight so you can reach Cuc Phuong the most convenient.
  • Take a car from Giap Bat to Nho Quan (Me), go to Nho Quan bus station, continue to call Cuc Phuong, from here to the forest door more than ten km away, so if you go about 4-5 people rent A taxi ride is quite suitable. If fewer people can ride a motorbike or a bus.

Accommodation in Cuc Phuong National Park

Entrance area

The Entrance area is the starting point for all the activities in the garden, to build the tour program, to offer services such as: Sightseeing guide, night wildlife, kayak, chapter ethnic performances, bicycles and all information about Cuc Phuong.

Mac Lake area

Far from the entrance gate is 1.5 km, Mac lake area is quite quiet, fresh air with full services of eating and sleeping. Ho Mac also has its own room and communal stilt house, where there is also space for organizing campfire exchanges.

Park center also call Bong

It's located about 20km from the garden gate, the special point of Cuc Phuong. There is also a full service of sleeping accommodation. However, this area has no electricity, only the generator is running about 4 hours each night, but few guests too. It's wonderful for natural lover.

What to do in Cuc Phuong National park?

Walking & trekking

Cuc Phuong has built many walking routes in the forest, with different content and time, you can choose the appropriate routes, some walking routes you can explore yourself. With the guide, introduction of the guide, surely your trip will become more interesting and meaningful. Camping and overnight in the jungle, a long walk to the Ngoc Son sanctuary, Pu Luong nature reserve are attractive routes. That are of interest to you.

Eco-tourism community

Cuc Phuong is a very important source of livelihood for the local community. Community-based Eco-tourism is an important solution contributing to the improvement of the people's life. With a one or two night stay at Muong Village, you contribute to generate income for people, support the conservation. During the stay, the Muong people with enthusiasm, hospitality will bring you the comfortable time and opportunity to learn, explore the unique of local culture.

Wildlife night spotting

Depending on the weather conditions. The National Park can organize a program to see wildlife at night. You will have the opportunity to see a number of wildlife. Such as Black Squirrel , Flying squirrels, bumblebee, loris...

Bird Watching

Cuc Phuong is one of the most diverse bird fauna in northern Vietnam. With 308 species discovered and recorded, including many rare species such as: Red-headed Woodpecker, White Pheasant, brown, caudal fin, cauliform caudal, ... Especially are endemic species of Vietnam and Indochina. So Cuc Phuong has become a must-see for scientists and bird watchers. The best time to watch birds is early morning and evening.


One of the mysterious discoveries of Cuc Phuong nature is riding bicycles in the forest. Biking in the forest will bring you not only the quiet feeling, the true feel of nature but also gives you the opportunity to catch the rare animals in Cuc Phuong.


Stay at Cuc Phuong, you can participate in many leisure activities, relax. Kayaking on the Mac Lake and Yen Quang Lake is one of the most popular activities.

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