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Many reserves stretch in the Northeast Vietnam, where the roads are fine but not pleasant enough to open for mass tourism. However, thanks to this obstacle the routine and traditions of the hill tribes are still well maintained, and marvelous sights are remained beckoning more discovery. Come and explore the nature and wildlife of Vietnam in this exciting tour to Cuc Phuong National Park and Van Long Nature Reserve. This is the right time now to go on an adventure and Threeland Travel hopes that you will have a fantastic trip!
For this trip, you will be provided with four nights of accommodation. During your trip to Cuc Phuong, on the first up to the third day of this tour, you will stay overnight at Cuc Phuong Guesthouse.
Cuc Phuong National Park Guesthouse is located in the mid of national park with local name "Bong". It is furthest you can get from civilization. Spend a night encircled by primary rainforest, without giving up those creature comforts. The facilities include basic fan, separate bathroom but no hot water, and there is electricity served at night.
On the fourth day, during your trip to Van Long Nature Reserve, you will stay overnight at Emeralda Resort. The rooms are either twin or double measuring 50 square meters and can accommodate two adults and one child under six years old.
The resort also has bathroom and toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, mirror, towels, free Wi-Fi in all rooms, television with satellite or cable channels, telephone, air conditioning, blackout curtains, private entrance, slippers, free bottled water, and free tea or coffee bag set-up in the room refrigerator. The rooms also have a desk and separate shower or bathtub. There are also closet ironing facilities and in-room safe box.
After an early breakfast, you will depart for Cuc Phuong National Park. The drive will take you past a mosaic of rice paddies, rural hamlets, limestone cliffs, and green mountains. Located south of Hanoi, the forested limestone slopes of Cuc Phuong protect an impressive variety of animals and plants. It is home to some spectacular primates including gibbons, macaques, and rare and endemic Delacour's leaf monkey.
The park is also home to some fantastic birds including red-collared woodpeckers, limestone wren-babblers, fork-tailed sunbirds, and many others. During April and May, just before the onset of the rains, the park is filled with literally millions of butterflies. You will arrive at Cuc Phuong in the early afternoon and will visit the park's Turtle Conservation Center.
The sanctuary was established to protect and breed many species of Asian turtles and tortoises all of which are endangered from over-harvest for the food markets of China and Taiwan.
In the late afternoon, you will have your first chance to look for wildlife along the park's main road before you settle into your rustic, but comfortable, accommodations at the Cuc Phuong Guesthouse, where you will have dinner and overnight.
Dedicated in 1962, Cuc Phuong was Vietnam's first national park and is one of the few remaining areas of lowland and limestone forest left in the north. You will have two full days to explore the forests and trails within the park's karst ecosystem.
You will begin each day at dawn when animal activity is at its peak, take a break during the heat of the day and continue exploring in the late afternoon and early evening.
You will also take a few night game drives in hopes of glimpsing some of the nocturnal mammals that inhabit the park. Mammals are difficult to see in the park, but birds are common and you should observe some reptiles as well. You will have your meals and overnight at the Cuc Phuong Guesthouses.
In the morning, you will visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center located near the park headquarters. The center is home to around 14 species of primates, mostly gibbons and langurs that have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. The center not only rescues the animals but is breeding them for eventual reintroduction back into the wild.
Vietnam is home to a fantastic array of primates most of which are endemic or near-endemic. They are almost all endangered as well so the center is doing really important conservation and education work. The visit will also likely be your only chance to see some of these animals. The exception to this may be the rare Delacour's langur which is endemic to the region in and around Cuc Phuong.
After lunch you will travel to Van Long Nature Reserve to hopefully observe these fantastic black and white primates as they scamper up and down the limestone pinnacles and cliff faces.
When you arrive at Van Long Nature Reserve you will board traditional reed boats that will take you to the edge of the towering cliffs that rise up out of the water. The langurs are most active in the late afternoon and early evening and it will truly be a privilege to observe them in the wild.
The boats are operated by the local community providing a sustainable income that also promotes wildlife protection. As the sun slips behind the mountains, you will boat back to your bus. You will stay overnight in Ninh Binh.
You will take a resting time before heading back to Hanoi where the tour will end.
During this wildlife tour in Cuc Phuong National Park, you will visit the park's Turtle Conservation Center and the Endangered Primate Rescue Center.
This trip will take place in Cuc Phuong National Park and Van Long Nature Reserve in Vietnam.
Cuc Phuong, opened in 1962, is the first national park opened in Vietnam. It is 140 kilometers South of Hanoi and 55 kilometers from Ninh Binh. It covers roughly 25,000 hectares. The botanical richness of the forest is impressive as it supports a wide variety of flora species and patches of primeval forest, including ancient trees with thick clusters of roots, and parasitic plants and ligneous creepers.
Tree species come from Burma, India, and Borneo. Clusters of orchards grow near cave entrances where moisture conditions and light are ideal. Varieties of trees include thousand-year dracontomelum and parashorea trees which can be visited in a one or two hour hike. You can see coral, vanilla, snow-white and butterfly orchids everywhere.
The park also has a large number of animal residents including panthers and bears which are rarely seen. But you will see monkeys, gibbons, flying squirrels and pheasants. There are also over 120 species of birds and many varieties of beetles that inhabit this beautiful park.
In April and May, you will be able to see swarms of butterflies. At night, millions of cicadas create a deafening din and millions of fireflies flicker about.
Because it is situated in a limestone area, there are numerous caves in Cuc Phuong. In the "Nguoi Xua" cave (Cave of Early Man), two ancient tombs have been discovered, along with Neolithic remains and evidence of stone implements. There have been similar findings in the Trang Khuyet (Crescent Moon), Thanh Minh, and Con Mong Caves. Hang Dan Cave is well-known for its bat population.
When hiking in Cuc Phuong, you walk some kilometers of a beautiful trail, passing through an old-growth forest with long vines wrapped around strangled trees. You can visit the caves, waterfalls and streams in the forest or stop over at a Muong ethnic village.
Since the park is located in between three provinces, it is easy to combine a trip to Cuc Phuong with a trip to Hoa Binh or Ninh Binh province, or you can depart from Hanoi, spend the whole day exploring the forest and spend the night at the park's guest house.
This trip will serve you with daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinking water. There are also local restaurants there, that serve Vietnamese foods only, where you can make a reservation during your arrival (before few hours is better). Soft drink is available as coke, there are also mineral water, beer, and local wine.
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