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Vietnam - Cuc Phuong National Park - Turtles 800x450

. . . considered to be one of Vietnam’s most beautiful and important nature reserves

From Hanoi, travel southeast to Cuc Phuong National Park. Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong National Park is considered to be one of Vietnam’s most beautiful and important nature reserves and is home to a wealth of beautiful tropical birds, many of them endemic to Vietnam and Indochina.

Some of the 307 species of rare birds that you might encounter are the Silver-pheasant, Red-collared Woodpecker, Brown Hornbill, Bar-bellied Pita and so on. Cuc Phuong is also home to many different species of amphibians, insects, and reptiles, many of them endemic to Cuc Phuong and Vietnam. Some species have interesting characteristics such as the viper, green tree frog and stick-insects. The ancient forest contains almost 2000 species of trees where amazing and rare animals live including the Clouded Leopard and Delacour’s langur.

Almost 2000 species of trees, amazing and rare animals, including the Clouded Leopard and Delacour’s langur

Start your journey visiting an endangered primate rescue centre where rare primates are being saved from poachers and prepared to live again in their natural habitat. Tour the centre which is run by Vietnamese and German biologists and observe the different primate species living there, such as gibbons, langur and loris.

After lunch in a local restaurant in the centre, drive 20km to the starting point of a trekking trail which leads 7km through the jungle. Visit a pre-historic cave along the way, where remains of human skeletons and stone tools have been found dating back as far as 7,500 years.

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