Hanoi - Cuc Phuong National Park - Xuan Thuy National Park - Hanoi


  • Visiting ancient human caves and ancient tombs while admiring hundreds of floral and fauna species in Cuc Phuong National Park
  • Energize your souls and work your muscles while exploring the rich biodiversity of Xuan Thuy National park


  • Accommodation with sharing Twin/Double basic
  • Private transfer
  • English speaking station guide 
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Local breakfast 
  • Lunch/dinner with local food
  • Boat trip in Xuan Thuy National park
  • Entrance fees for visiting places in the program
  • Water while touring


  • International and domestic flight
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Optional tours. 
  • Drinks, tips, visa, insurance and personal expenses
  • Banking fee (for payment via Bank transfer)
  • Any other items and services not mentioned in the program

After an early breakfast we will depart for Cuc Phuong National Park. Our drive will take us past a mosaic of rice paddies, rural hamlets, limestone cliffs and green mountains. Located south of Hanoi, the forested limestone slopes of Cuc Phuong protect an impressive variety of animals and plants. It is home to some spectacular primates including gibbons, macaques and rare and endemic Delacour’s leaf monkey. The Park is also home to some fantastic birds including red-collared woodpeckers, limestone wren-babblers, fork-tailed sunbirds and many others. During April and May, just before the onset of the rains, the Park is filled with literally millions of butterflies. We will arrive at Cuc Phuong in the early afternoon and will visit the Park’s Turtle Conservation Center.
This sanctuary was established to protect and breed many species of Asian turtles and tortoises all of which are endangered from over-harvest for the food markets of China and Taiwan. In the late afternoon we will have our first chance to look for wildlife along the Park’s main road before we settle into our rustic, but comfortable, accommodations at the Cuc Phuong Guesthouse. We will have dinner and overnight at the Cuc Phuong Guesthouse.

Dedicated in 1962, Cuc Phuong was Vietnam’s first national park and is one of the few remaining areas of lowland and limestone forest left in the north. We will have two full days to explore the forests and trails within the Park’s karst ecosystem. We will begin each day at dawn when animal activity is at its peak, take a break during the heat of the day and continue exploring in the late afternoon and early evening. We will also take a few night game drives in hopes of glimpsing some of the nocturnal mammals that inhabit the park. Mammals are difficult to see in the Park, but birds are common and we should observe some reptiles as well. We will have our meals and overnight at the Cuc Phuong Guesthouses. 

This morning we will visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center located near Park Headquarters. The Center is home to around 14 species of primates, mostly gibbons and langurs that have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade. The Center not only rescues the animals, but is breeding them for eventual reintroduction back into the wild. Vietnam is home to a fantastic array of primates most of which are endemic or near-endemic. They are almost all endangered as well so the Center is doing really important conservation and education work. Our visit will also likely be our only chance to see some of these animals. The exception to this may be the rare Delacour’s langur which is endemic to the region in and around Cuc Phuong.
Then, we will leave Cuc Phuong National park  to Xuan Thuy National Park - the first Ramsar site in Vietnam, with 3-hour driving thru the heart of the Red River Delta. Have a short meeting and discussion with the ranger about the bird species and its habitation. Dinner and overnight at the Park’s Guesthouse.

Full day of bird watching started with a boat trip around the wetland area, including Lu and Vanh Islets and thru mangrove forest. This area is the seagate of the Red River, the second biggest one in Vietnam, originated from China mainland which makes the fertile Red River Delta. If we come here in wintertime, we could have very potential chances to see special species of birds of East Asia - Australia flyway such as Black-faced Spoonbill, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Spotted Greenshank, Saunders's Gull, Asian Dowitcher etc. Packed lunch served during the trip. Dinner and overnight at the Park’s Guesthouse.

As one full day would possibly not satisfy the bird watchers, we’ll continue a morning trip today around Ngan area to watch the rests of hundreds of bird species you may have never seen. Lunch at the park headquarters, take a break before returning to Hanoi late afternoon. End of services at your accommodation in Hanoi.

Cuc Phuong National Forest is a forest biological diversity as well as most of the birds of northern Vietnam, according to statistics there are 308 species of birds have been recorded here, including many rare species like the first kind probe, pheasant, brown hornbill, … belly pitta, especially endemic species Jabouilleia danjoui more like a bird was detected only in Vietnam and Laos. So, Cuc Phuong has become a destination not to be missed for scientists and bird watching. The best time to see birds is early morning and evening, in the morning when waking up in the hotel in Cuc Phuong park visitors can jog along the path between the woods to watch the birds are special especially in this place and enjoy the fresh air by natural gift

Xuan Thuy national park is located in Nam Dinh province, about 165km from Hanoi to the south-east. Xuan Thuy is the first Ramsar Site in Vietnam, covering an area of 7,100 ha. The major habitats are estuaries, mangroves, mudflats, sandy flats and shrimp ponds. To date, more than 200 bird species have been recorded at Xuan Thuy. The site is the most important staging and wintering area for migratory waterbirds in the coastal zone of the Red River Delta. It regularly supports large numbers of the more common migratory waterbird species, including Black-tailed Godwit, Spotted Redshank and Eurasian Curlew. Many rare species can also be found at Xuan Thuy, including the largest wintering population of Black-faced Spoonbill in Vietnam, with around 60 birds each winter in recent years. Other rare species that regularly occur at the site include Saunders’ Gull, Spotted Greenshank, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Asian Dowitcher. In addition to its importance for waterbirds, Xuan Thuy is also an important migratory stop-over for non-waterbirds, with large numbers of passerines and cuckoos passing through the site during the spring and autumn migrations. During the summer months, small numbers of Painted Stork and Spot-billed Pelican occur as non-breeding visitors.

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