Cuc Phuong National Park
Cuc Phuong National Park
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  • JMM
    Amman, Jordan10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A breath of fresh air
    It is worth going to the primate sanctuary, if only to get a sense of the upward struggle to keep alive the remaining species of Langers in the park, and to see pangolins. Walks are not signposted so take photos of maps before hiking. We took a taxi to the sanctuaries at the entrance of the park, the driver was fine to wait for us and then travelled another 20ks to the centre of the park. Take packed lunch and water.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
  • isiratsi
    Graz, Austria11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private tour cuc phuong national park with Kenny
    We booked a private tour by ninh binh tourist center and we got Kenny as our tour guide. We were picked up at our hotel right on time and then the adventure startet. we got so lucky with Kenny, as he gave us exactly the kind of tour we were looking for. he really respects the nature and knows so much about the trees and animals in the park (and where to spot them). We learned a lot and also saw like tons of different insects/butterfly’s/spiders/other small aminals. It felt like an authentic experience, for us it was the perfect tour. The preservation center was also very interesting to see. The food at the restaurant was also really good. We felt save the whole time and we had such a great time with Kenny! Best experience in Vietnam so far♥️
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Marie N
    Perth, Australia165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing National Park
    My partner and I stayed at the national park HQ accommodation for 3 nights in their onsite accommodation. The rooms are clean and functional. Have AC and TV. Other rooms have a fridge as well. The only bad part of the rooms are the mattresses are very hard. ( I understand most mattresses in SE Asia are on the firm side but the ones in our room were harder than that. I think anyone with hip/back problems would have foundmit difficult) We visited the primate centre, the turtle centre, carnivore (pangolin) centre which are amazing, seeing all the hard work that goes into trying to save Vietnams wildlife. It is an uphill battle against poachers, illegal wildlife trade, bushmeat and hunting/ poaching for Chinese traditional medicine. Please visit these centres and spread the word about what is happening. There is an onsite restaurant which serves 3 meals a day. Menu is quite good but some options aren't available if food not been delivered. Breakfast is pretty basic but I think you can order other things off the menu eg fruit. No gluten free options. My tip would be to bring some snacks/food with you if staying here. We hired a scooter from the HQ and a guide to take us on a trek as well. There are lots of hikes, so you can do alone others need a guide. The hike we did was pretty challenging and not suitable for people with knee/back issues. Good level of fintess needed as it involved a fair bit of climbing up/over rocks and it was slippery as it rained night before. Staff are very helpful and kind. Great park to visit and learn about the issues facing Vietnams wildlife.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 24 August 2023
  • JCM
    Auckland, New Zealand30 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stay in Cuc Phuong
    We had a great experience staying in the national park. We emailed to book our experience and an itinerary was planned for us and given on arrival. We stayed at the headquarters, the rooms were clean and bathroom was good. The rooms was also cleaned by house keeping everyday. We had a guide to take us on day walks in the park and around the centres which really added to the experience. We also thoroughly enjoyed doing a night time walk and were lucky enough to see a Pygmy slow loris. The only issue we had was the lack of variety of food for a vegetarian during our stay.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 September 2023
  • shannonEHM
    Kigali, Rwanda37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Off the beaten path, great for open-minded travelers
    As Hanoi residents, we often needed a break from the city. Cuc Phuong became our escape - it's about 2.5 hours from Hanoi (which we did on a motorbike on a nice backroad), it has some intact forest, nice walks and some wildlife. This is a park for people who like 'adventure light' and want to go somewhere off the beaten path. There is affordable and simple accommodation inside the park and that allows you to hear birds and gibbons in the morning, go on night walks (fireflies, amazing insects) and enjoy the park during the quiet hours. If you stay in the park, arrange with the kitchen all your meal times soon after you arrive so they can be prepared. In a country that is so rapidly developing, this remains a fairly wild and unique park!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Eve M
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great wildlife experience
    We had a great few days at Cuc Phuong. We went on the Wildlife Experience and spent a night camping in the forest with our guide and the ranger. This was incredible. We trekked and went on a night time walk. We saw snakes including a cobra, amphibians and birds. They set up camp for us, we ate by the fire and had a very memorable time drinking rice wine with them. Our guide was great. Highly recommend if this is what you like. We spent a further two nights at Mac Lake in some of the newer rooms so we could explore more of the park ourselves. They were good and clean. Hard beds but we slept well. They do a lot of engagement work. A school group was staying and blasted the karaoke all evening and from 6am in the morning. This did affect the experience slightly for one night. We hired a scooter for a reasonable price, visited the cave (really impressive- take a torch!) and the primate centre. The guided trip around the primate centre lasted 15 minutes - it was good to hear of the conservation work there. Food was cheap but good at Mac Lake. Restaurant and site as a whole could do with a spruce up as you'd expect for an old national park (including a litter pick on some trails unfortunately)but we went for the wildlife and we had a great time.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Marie N
    Perth, Australia165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing park in Vietnam
    The park is wonderful. A haven for the work being done to help protect the wildlife of the area. We stayed for 3 nights in the accommodation on site. We visited all the rescue centres for primates/turtles/Save Vietnams Wildlife. The work these organisations do is amazing. Really inspiring. Trying to combat poaching and hunting is a huge task. We also did a hike with a guide hired from the information centre. The staff were extremely helpful and did all they could to make our stay enjoyable. The park is huge and worth exploring with the help of guides if you have time. I would like to visit again and explore more. It can be hard to get to but we got a bus from Hanoi from Giap Bat Bus Station which takes you right to the NP office in the park and picks up from there as well. If you do stay at the park I would recommend bringing some snacks/coffee/tea bags/cereal etc if you prefer those sort things. Breakfast options are limited.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2024
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Marie N
Perth, Australia165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The park is wonderful. A haven for the work being done to help protect the wildlife of the area. We stayed for 3 nights in the accommodation on site. We visited all the rescue centres for primates/turtles/Save Vietnams Wildlife. The work these organisations do is amazing. Really inspiring. Trying to combat poaching and hunting is a huge task. We also did a hike with a guide hired from the information centre. The staff were extremely helpful and did all they could to make our stay enjoyable.
The park is huge and worth exploring with the help of guides if you have time. I would like to visit again and explore more. It can be hard to get to but we got a bus from Hanoi from Giap Bat Bus Station which takes you right to the NP office in the park and picks up from there as well. If you do stay at the park I would recommend bringing some snacks/coffee/tea bags/cereal etc if you prefer those sort things. Breakfast options are limited.
Written 24 March 2024
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Eve M
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had a great few days at Cuc Phuong. We went on the Wildlife Experience and spent a night camping in the forest with our guide and the ranger. This was incredible. We trekked and went on a night time walk. We saw snakes including a cobra, amphibians and birds. They set up camp for us, we ate by the fire and had a very memorable time drinking rice wine with them. Our guide was great. Highly recommend if this is what you like.

We spent a further two nights at Mac Lake in some of the newer rooms so we could explore more of the park ourselves. They were good and clean. Hard beds but we slept well.

They do a lot of engagement work. A school group was staying and blasted the karaoke all evening and from 6am in the morning. This did affect the experience slightly for one night.

We hired a scooter for a reasonable price, visited the cave (really impressive- take a torch!) and the primate centre. The guided trip around the primate centre lasted 15 minutes - it was good to hear of the conservation work there.

Food was cheap but good at Mac Lake.

Restaurant and site as a whole could do with a spruce up as you'd expect for an old national park (including a litter pick on some trails unfortunately)but we went for the wildlife and we had a great time.
Written 30 November 2023
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shannonEHM
Kigali, Rwanda37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
As Hanoi residents, we often needed a break from the city. Cuc Phuong became our escape - it's about 2.5 hours from Hanoi (which we did on a motorbike on a nice backroad), it has some intact forest, nice walks and some wildlife. This is a park for people who like 'adventure light' and want to go somewhere off the beaten path. There is affordable and simple accommodation inside the park and that allows you to hear birds and gibbons in the morning, go on night walks (fireflies, amazing insects) and enjoy the park during the quiet hours. If you stay in the park, arrange with the kitchen all your meal times soon after you arrive so they can be prepared. In a country that is so rapidly developing, this remains a fairly wild and unique park!
Written 22 November 2023
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JCM
Auckland, New Zealand30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We had a great experience staying in the national park. We emailed to book our experience and an itinerary was planned for us and given on arrival.
We stayed at the headquarters, the rooms were clean and bathroom was good. The rooms was also cleaned by house keeping everyday.
We had a guide to take us on day walks in the park and around the centres which really added to the experience. We also thoroughly enjoyed doing a night time walk and were lucky enough to see a Pygmy slow loris.
The only issue we had was the lack of variety of food for a vegetarian during our stay.
Written 11 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Marie N
Perth, Australia165 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
My partner and I stayed at the national park HQ accommodation for 3 nights in their onsite accommodation. The rooms are clean and functional. Have AC and TV. Other rooms have a fridge as well. The only bad part of the rooms are the mattresses are very hard. ( I understand most mattresses in SE Asia are on the firm side but the ones in our room were harder than that. I think anyone with hip/back problems would have foundmit difficult)
We visited the primate centre, the turtle centre, carnivore (pangolin) centre which are amazing, seeing all the hard work that goes into trying to save Vietnams wildlife. It is an uphill battle against poachers, illegal wildlife trade, bushmeat and hunting/ poaching for Chinese traditional medicine. Please visit these centres and spread the word about what is happening.
There is an onsite restaurant which serves 3 meals a day. Menu is quite good but some options aren't available if food not been delivered. Breakfast is pretty basic but I think you can order other things off the menu eg fruit. No gluten free options. My tip would be to bring some snacks/food with you if staying here.
We hired a scooter from the HQ and a guide to take us on a trek as well. There are lots of hikes, so you can do alone others need a guide. The hike we did was pretty challenging and not suitable for people with knee/back issues. Good level of fintess needed as it involved a fair bit of climbing up/over rocks and it was slippery as it rained night before.
Staff are very helpful and kind.
Great park to visit and learn about the issues facing Vietnams wildlife.
Written 24 August 2023
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isiratsi
Graz, Austria11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We booked a private tour by ninh binh tourist center and we got Kenny as our tour guide. We were picked up at our hotel right on time and then the adventure startet. we got so lucky with Kenny, as he gave us exactly the kind of tour we were looking for. he really respects the nature and knows so much about the trees and animals in the park (and where to spot them). We learned a lot and also saw like tons of different insects/butterfly’s/spiders/other small aminals. It felt like an authentic experience, for us it was the perfect tour. The preservation center was also very interesting to see.
The food at the restaurant was also really good. We felt save the whole time and we had such a great time with Kenny!
Best experience in Vietnam so far♥️
Written 30 July 2023
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JMM
Amman, Jordan10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
It is worth going to the primate sanctuary, if only to get a sense of the upward struggle to keep alive the remaining species of Langers in the park, and to see pangolins.

Walks are not signposted so take photos of maps before hiking.

We took a taxi to the sanctuaries at the entrance of the park, the driver was fine to wait for us and then travelled another 20ks to the centre of the park.

Take packed lunch and water.
Written 28 July 2023
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OneTrip with local
Hanoi, Vietnam262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I visited the national park with my brother, It was a great place for hiking, the route was quite easy but you need to bring mosquito repellent as there are mosquitos when we got there.
Written 25 July 2023
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Carina H
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We spent 5 days in the national park. We were picked up from Hanoi and taken to the park. The ranger then took us around the different animal rescue centres. It was great to see representatives of the animals that live in the surrounding jungle, being cared for at the park, before being released back into the jungle. The ranger spoke brilliant English and was so knowledgeable about the flora and fauna.

We stayed in a lovely, comfortable room and had all our meals provided in the restaurant. The following day we were driven to the centre of the park where we left on our 3 day trek into the jungle. We walked for one day and then camped in the jungle. We had 2 guides for this trek and they looked after us so well. In the evening they built a fire and cooked us traditional, Vietnamese food, in a tradtional way, over the fire.

The next day we walked to a village on the edge of the jungle. It is here that the community that have been dosplaced from the jungle now live. We explored the village and had a relaxing trip down the river on a bamboo raft. Following this we had dinner at our homestay, before joining in with the villagers in their regular volleyball games. We slept in the homestay and the following day we walked back through the jungle to the national park HQ. Here we had a relaxing evening and another comfortable night, before our ride back to Hanoi the next morning.

The rangers are so friendly and knowledgeable, as are the villagers. It is great to hear about the work of the park and the rangers, in protecting the landscape and wildlife. I would recommend a trip with the rangers over a trip to the park with a tour company. I.e. book direct with the national park. The booking process was easy and the staff very friendly.
Written 6 January 2023
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Duong
Hanoi, Vietnam19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
We came here by bikes, the services and the facilities are not great but we are not here for these things, the forest itself is magical at night with fireflies and enchanted with beautiful plants and butterflies. Trash is in a lot of places sadly, hopefully it will be better protected in the future.
Written 1 May 2021
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