With the area of 22,200ha of rainforest in Ninh Binh Province, Cuc Phuong is the first national park and also the largest nature reserve in Vietnam.
The park consists of verdant karst mountains and lush valleys, which is home to an amazing diversity of flora and fauna, especially some endangered species. The highest point is at the summit of Silver Cloud Mountain; other limestone mountains have numerous caves, many of which are accessible for exploration.
Cuc Phuong provides excellent trekking opportunities, including a round-trip trek of 8km to an enormous 1000-year-old tree, and to a Muong village for rafting activities. It is also the perfect place to be for bird-watching or photo taking.
Tourist can follow either the 20km paved roads straight to the heart of the forest or other paths reserved for hiking that leads to the caves, explore the wildlife and conquer the park within a day trip. You can also check at the park headquarters for camping options, or get home stays in the Muong village if you choose a two-day excursion.
As Cuc Phuong has subtropical climate, the best time to visit the park is between December and April. You should avoid the rainy season from July to September when leeches appear commonly in the wet soil.