CUC PHUONG XUAN THUY NATIONAL PARK COMBINATION

5 DAY(S) NATURE AND WILDLIFE

Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Cuc Phuong National Park - Nam Dinh - Xuan Thuy National Park - Hanoi

Visit two important national parks in Vietnam which offers many chances of adventures as well as nature study.

Highlights

  • Visiting ancient human caves and ancient tombs while admiring hundreds of floral and fauna species in Cuc Phuong National Park.
  • Energizing your souls and work your muscles while exploring the rich biodiversity of Xuan Thuy National park.
  • Watching the birds by telescopes and have in-depth discussions with the park ranger.

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 - 2:
    Drive thought the countryside of Red River Delta to Ninh Binh. Start your visit at Cuc Phuong National Park. Overnight inside the park.
  • Day 3:
    Visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center before heading to Xuan Thuy National Park in Nam Dinh.
  • Day 4:
    Go deeper to wetland of the park by bamboo boat. Look for rare bird species.
  • Day 5:
    Continue the watching in the morning before comeback to Hanoi.
CUC PHUONG XUAN THUY NATIONAL PARK COMBINATION

Inclusion

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Accommodation based on Twin-shared room with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Boat trips and admissions as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water during the touring day (2 bottles/person/day)

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, Drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional Tours.

We will depart for Cuc Phuong National Park in the morning. 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 as well as 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.

Rising this morning with the sounds of the forest all around us, after breakfast we take a drive to the center of the park, where we commence our today trek through the lush rainforest, pass centuries-old trees and to the cave once inhabited by prehistoric humans. Returning to our accommodation in the heart of the forest we will spend a second night drifting off to sleep to the sounds of the nocturnal activity outside.

After breakfast, 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 and travel 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.

After breakfast, we start a 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.

After breakfast, we will 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.

# Destination Standard Superior/First Class Deluxe
1 Cuc Phuong National Park
2 Xuan Thuy National Park

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