Hiking Near Hanoi: Cuc Phuong National Park is the centerpiece of Vietnam’s conservation efforts and one of the most accessible parks in the country. Vietnam’s largest and first national park, Cuc Phuong beauty and a few of its thousands of species of plants and animals can be seen with the help of a local park ranger.
The park can be visited from Hanoi as a day trip or visitors can stay at the park’s lodging for a longer stay. Visiting the park is a terrific opportunity to get a close look at Vietnam’s nature and fees generated from tourism help protect the parks wildlife and improve the local economy.
Travel within the park can be done on foot or by motorbike, bicycle or car. A twenty kilometer paved road cuts to heart of the forest and passes a number of paths leading to caves. Bicycles are the most environmentally friendly alternative and with less noise you’re more likely to see wildlife. Once you’ve reached the park’s center there are numerous stone paths for trekking.
If you’re not interested in hiking up and down the karst mountains a good alternative is the easy but rewarding trip to the primate and turtle rehabilitation and breeding centers.
Dozens of trails cut through the forest and can be used for simple hikes for an hour or two day treks through the forest. Trekking options include loop trails that take only a few hours of moderate walking to a two day trek across the park. If you do decided to get off the path and into the brush make sure you are wearing a long sleeved shirt and long pants. The prickly vines will make mincemeat out of any exposed flesh and the disgusting, yet harmless, leeches will find a quick and easy lunch.
The best time of the year to visit the park is during the dry season, from November to February.
Visiting the Cuc Phuong National Park is not to see the trees nor watching the animal. But should both visit the scenery and understand the park life. A guided tour is highly recommended when traveling to Cuc Phuong national park. For further information about Cuc Phuong national park or hiking tours, visit Hiking Vietnam or take a look at our sample itineraries below.