Cuc Phuong National Park – The First National Park In Vietnam

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Cuc Phuong National Park Introduction

Known as the oldest and largest national park in Vietnam with an area of up to 25000 hectares, Cuc Phuong National Park is not only a vast national conservation but an ideal place to check in for tourists when traveling to Vietnam as well.

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Today’s article will introduce to you the best Cuc Phuong National Park travel guide. Let’s take a look!

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Cuc Phuong National Park Address

As the boundaries of three Vietnam regions including the North West, Red River Delta, and North Central Region, Cuc Phuong National Park is situated in Ninh Binh Province, Thanh Hoa Province, and Hoa Binh Province. Hence, if you would like to discover this national park, you can visit Ninh Bình, Hòa Bình, and Thanh Hóa.

That is the reason why when you refer to the travel guide to Thanh Hoa, you will see the park listed in the top tourist attraction lists for visitors. You can refer to the Cuc Phuong National Park map below:

How To Get To Cuc Phuong National Park?

There are a lot of means of transport for you to choose from. For example, you can drive to the national park by car, by motorbike, or take a taxi/ local bus.

Local Bus

The most benefit when taking a bus is the fact that the ticket price is extremely cheap. Contact the bus agency and select the suitable itinerary, plan the perfect schedule, then you can easily get to Cuc Phuong National Park! There are many bus transfer services from bus agencies, just refer to them and choose one!

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It is not strange when we go to the train station and book a ticket to Cuc Phuong National Park, which is a good way. You can get the train tickets online at official websites or the station directly.

The cost is not expensive and you will have an opportunity to admire the natural beauty along the way. However, when reaching Ninh Binh train station, you also need to take a taxi, a bus, or rent a motorbike to get to the National Park. 

Private Cars

However, it will be extremely far from Hanoi to the national park. If you stay at a hotel in Hanoi, we highly recommend you book a Hanoi private car to ensure that you are not lost and have the safest journey.

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Also, tourists can experience the best Cuc Phuong National Park day trip service with spacious space, and English-speaking drivers. The transfer services are at a reasonable price without hidden costs.

The distance from Hanoi to Cuc Phuong National Park Vietnam is nearly 128 kilometers, which takes about 3 hours to drive. Moreover, it is just 55 kilometers (1 hour 30 minutes) to get to Cuc Phuong National Park from Ninh Binh.

Best Time To Visit Cuc Phuong National Park

Taking advantage of its geographical location, Cuc Phuong has 4 different seasons with distinguished beauties. From November to January next year, the national park is cold and difficult terrain to move. So, we should not visit the park this time to ensure your safety.

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From Feb to April, this is changing season period, so the weather is cool with a bit of sunshine. It suits for people to start a date at the park and discover the diversity of eco-life here.

The nicest time to explore the park is at the end of April and the beginning of May. This is famous for being the most beautiful season of the year. The atmosphere is relaxed and fresh with beautiful Cuc Phuong National Park waterfalls. Especially, this season is a special period when butterflies break their cocoon and show their most gorgeous appearance to be “true butterflies”.

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Between June and August, the weather is quite hot this time, so it is great when you visit the park to avoid the summer heat. Finally, the most incredible time for camping and enjoying the beauty of Autumn will be from August to October.

The park is not too crowded so you can admire the scenery more comfortably. Most importantly, don’t forget to plan a picnic or camping day in the park this time and join interesting activities in Cuc Phuong National Park tour!

Entrance Fee 2023

The below table shows you the entrance fee for visitors who want to explore the first national park of Vietnam:

Visitors Entrance fee
Lower than 5 years old Free
Children 10,000 VND
Students 20,000 VND
Adults 60,000 VND

Note: The above price table is only an entrance fee, not including other services such as hiring tour guides, car rental, and so on. Plus, don’t forget to show your student cards or ID to get the best price!

The History Of Cuc Phuong

The national park can be referred to as the archeological location where there are a large number of historical relics with so much stuff belonging to prehistoric people over 12,000 years ago.

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In 1960, Cuc Phuong was recognized as a national park following Decision 72. Till 1986, the park was listed as a special-use forest (Suf) according to decision 194.

What To Explore?

Check in And Wander Around To Explore The Park

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The top things to do are to discover surroundings with various interesting things and remember to check in at hot tourist destinations here!

Cuc Phuong Botanical Garden

The national park is famous for its diversity in an ecosystem with a large number of faunas and floras. This is a habitat of many rare Cuc Phuong National Park animals and valuable plants such as gorgeous langurs.

Endangered Primate Rescue Center

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Founded in 1993, the Endangered Primate Rescue Center has been here for a long time to protect and rescue animals living in Cuc Phuong’s habitat. The center is the living space of different primates and gives you a hand to gain more knowledge about animals as well as wildlife.

Cuc Phuong Museum

This is a construction built to preserve and save specimens of many natural species such as insects, dragonflies, etc. If you are interested, you can visit it and explore this unique museum.

White Cloud Peak

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As the highest mountain peak at 648 meters in height, White Cloud Peak is an ideal place to admire the panoramic view of the forest with rivers, clouds, animals, and endless sky. If you love adventure, let’s try to conquer this mountain peak and experience Cuc Phuong National Park hiking!

Yen Quang River

Situated inside the park, Yen Quang River possesses a peaceful landscape and quiet view getting away from the hustle of life. Why don’t we get to the river and forget all the bad things happening? Just enjoy the natural and fresh vibe, take a deep breath, and give yourself a piece of peace!

Prehistoric Caves

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With more than decades years old, the national park has many prehistoric caves such as the Cave of Prehistoric Man, Mang Chien Cave, and Trang Khuyet Cave. Travelers or backpackers are really in love with discovering these mysterious caves.

Muong Village

Muong people are a minority group living in Vietnam. They have a unique daily lifestyle with many interesting cultural aspects. Here, tourists can take some beautiful pictures of ancient stilt houses and terrace fields. You also will have an opportunity to experience the culture here with the Muong people.

Hunting Breathtaking Butterfly Season

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As we mentioned before, May is the special month for butterflies here when they try to escape from firm larvae and turn into stunning butterflies with colorful wings. If you are lucky enough, you will have a chance to witness these gorgeous moments. Additionally, this is truly a perfect background to check in and save the most beautiful moments in life.

What To Eat?

Tourists will have diverse options to try. You can taste some of the specialties here like renowned Nem Chua Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa shrimp paste, or It Cake. We ensure that you will not regret when tasting these unbelievable flavors.

Travel Tips

There are several tips for you before getting to the park. For instance, you can bring hats, food, drinks, insect repellents, or medical bandages to protect yourself. Also, it is very interesting if you bring full-charged cameras or binoculars for picturesque views.

Accommodation Near Cuc Phuong National Park

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Near the park, it is not difficult to find Cuc Phuong National Park accommodation for staying overnight. You can refer to Cuc Phuong National Park hotels. Furthermore, Vinpearl Hotel Thanh Hoa is a good option to experience your trip with the highest standard of services.

Additionally, tourists can refer to the following hotels below to get the best choice:

Park Headquarter

With a scale of up to 37 rooms, you can be free to choose double rooms, twin rooms, or single rooms to stay. Each room is equipped with various facilities such as an en-suite bathroom, air-con, hot water, TV, and wifi.

The cost is from 350,000 – 1,200,000 VND/room/night. Plus, there are also other interesting services such as tour guides, laundry, bike rental, music shows, diverse shops selling souvenirs, and restaurants.

Park Center (Bong sub-station)

If you choose Park Center, you will have a detached bungalow with efficient facilities like an en-suite bathroom, hot water, and air-con. Moreover, there are also basic houses with separate bathrooms, however, these houses do not serve hot water for you.

The price is cheaper than other accommodations here. You only pay  170,000 – 500,000 VND/room/day. In case you feel hungry, you can get to the restaurant to eat or come by some souvenir shop and snacks.

Mac Lake

There are 4 air-con double rooms, a bungalow, and dormitory stilt houses with separate bathrooms. You have to pay 350,000 – 800,000 VND/room/night.

Plus, you also have a chance to enjoy traditional music shows and fire camps. If you feel bored, you can go fishing, wander around to get some souvenirs & snacks, or taste delicious foods at a restaurant.


Culture Pham Travel has just shared you with the first and oldest national park in the S-shaped country. We hope that our article can provide you with a useful guide with efficient information for your trip to Cuc Phuong National Park from Hanoi.

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