Wildlife Discovery: Cuc Phuong National Park & Ninh Binh 4 Days 3 Nights

4 Days Hanoi - Ninh Binh

Tour Style: Northern Vietnam Tours, Adventure Tours

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Time for a wild adventure as we explore the trails of Cuc Phuong, the country’s first national park, to encounter some endangered primates and other vivid animals living in the dense forest. Then hop on a boat in Van Long Nature Reserve, Vietnam’s largest wetlands, to explore a variety mix of flora, fauna and birdlife.


  • See Cuc Phuong’s remarkable wildlife: Visit a primate rescue center and turtle conservation area, then trek through the National Park to see more fascinating animals.
  • Explore Vietnam’s first capital: Take a guided tour of Hoa Lu, the 10th century capital city, and discover ancient temples and citadel ruins.
  • Wander around Van Long Nature Reserve: Travel by boat through Vietnam’s largest wetland reserve to see an incredible array of flora, fauna and bird species.
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Tour itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Cuc Phuong National Park MEAL: L/D

Hanoi to Cuc Phuong National Park (110km): 2.5hours

Go wild with an early morning departure from Hanoi to Cuc Phuong National Park. Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong National Park is renowned for its scenery, flora, and fauna. It is exceptionally rich in biodiversity and home to 2234 species of plants, 122 species of reptiles and amphibians, 135 species of mammals and 336 bird species. Some of the park’s rarest and most famous mammals include the Owston's Civet, Asian Black Bears, Clouded Leopard and Delacour’s Langur.

Upon arrival to Cuc Phuong National Park, take a walk around the Visitors Center to learn about the park's valuable natural resources and its unique environment. The center aims to increase the conservation awareness of visitors as well as local Vietnamese students. Enjoy a simple yet delicious lunch at a local restaurant in the park’s headquarters.

The Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Center and the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center are two important research centers for the breeding, rehabilitation and preservation of animals rescued from poachers. The Cuc Phuong Endangered Primate Rescue Center houses species like the Delacour’s Langur, Golden-headed Langur, Tonkin Snub-nosed Languor, and Black Crested Gibbon. This is one of the highlights of a visit to Cuc Phuong, where guests can witness some of the rarest primate species in the world.


Responsible tourism:

Visiting Cuc Phuong National Park contributes to support wildlife protection efforts in Vietnam. The Park’s Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC) is a non-profit organization managed by Frankfurt Zoological Society.

The Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center (TCC), established in 1998 by Fauna and Flora International, a British non-profit organization, is the flagship in Vietnam regarding turtle conservation efforts.

After visiting the park, head to the Cave of Prehistoric Man, where human skeletons and stone tools date back some 7,500 years.

In the evening, re-enter the pitch-black forest alongside park rangers and guides for a night safari, spotting nocturnal creatures with the aid of a spotlight.

Tonight’s accommodation is in the national park’s simple guest house.

Accommodation: Overnight in Cuc Phuong National Park.


Day 2: Cuc Phuong National Park MEAL: B/L/D
Bicycle Car

Cuc Phuong National Park to Cuc Phuong Resort & Spa (3km): 20 minutes

For early risers, wake to the chanting of apes and the sounds of the surrounding forest. After breakfast, embark on a 7km loop trail to discover the variety of tropical fauna and flora of the national park. Enjoy a simple lunch at the restaurant in the national park.

In the afternoon, join a light cycle ride to Yen Quang Lake and take the opportunity to kayak around the beautiful scenery and see how local people fishing in the lake.

Arrive at Cuc Phuong Resort & Spa after a short transfer later this afternoon.

The rest of the afternoon is free time at leisure.

Dinner will be served at the resort restaurant.

Accommodation: Cuc Phuong Resort

Day 3: Cuc Phuong National Park - Ninh Binh MEAL: L/D

Enjoy a simple breakfast before participating in a 9-km hike to visit the Ancient Tree and having a picnic lunch in the forest. Finally, visit the 200 – 230 million years old Dinosaur Fossil before walking back to the main road to drive back to the center.

Then you are transferred to Ninh Binh, famous for its jutted limestone karst formations with verdant paddy fields, also known as "Halong-on-land".

Dinner will be served at the restaurant in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh

Day 4: Ninh Binh - Hanoi MEAL: B/L

Routes can change subject to client’s interest

After a simple breakfast, head out for the Vietnam’s first capital, Hoa Lu. Visit temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80) and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). The ancient Hoa Lu Citadel (most of which has since been destroyed) once covered an area of three square kilometers.

Afterwards, you can hike on one of the surrounding limestone karst hills to enjoy the spectacular views if time permits.

Enjoy a simple Vietnamese lunch at the local restaurant. Then we set out to Van Long Nature Reserve for a traditional wooden sampan trip (the perfect way to see this area) visiting an area of nearly 3,000 hectares, Van Long is the largest wetland nature reserve in the North of Vietnam, which includes 39 species of reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish.

After that, return to Hanoi and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation: NA


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Important Notes

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  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
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