Cuc Phuong National Park Vietnam: Map, Entrance Fee & Guide to Explore

Phuong Uyen - Updated August 01, 2019

Cuc Phuong National Park Vietnam: The Ultimate Guide to Explore Nature

Cuc Phuong National Park Ninh Binh, a large museum for nature preservation, a botanical garden, a rare and precious zoo in Viet Nam and in over the world. This ultimate guide will help you explore the magnificent wonder.  

Vietnam is well-known with a huge number of beautiful landscapes and sightseeing attractions. But do you know, Vietnam also is a big name to all nature-lovers? In Vietnam, and more specifically, in Ninh Binh, there is a house of thousands of flora and fauna.

Yes, it is Cuc Phuong National Park, a large museum for nature preservation, a botanical garden, a rare and precious zoo in Viet Nam and in over the world.

Cuc phuong river

Cuc Phuong scenery is a beautiful nature painting that you can not resist

This massive natural museum is a really good place for you to trek or pave your way into the wildlife. So we are here to help you know the way to explore this magnificent wonder. Are you ready?

Table of Contents

1. Cuc Phuong National Park Map 

Cuc Phuong National Park is located in Ninh Binh Province, 120 kilometers from Hanoi to the Southwest, 45 kilometers from Ninh Binh city to the Northwest.

From My Dinh Bus station Hanoi to Cuc Phuong National Park

2. Cuc Phuong National Park Entrance Fee

Tourists can buy the ticket at reception. The entrance fee to the park is 20.000 VND and 30.000 VND if you want to visit The Endangered Primate Rescue Centre

3. Best Time to Trek in Cuc Phuong- the first National Park Vietnam

Cuc Phuong National Park’s climate is tropical monsoon, the average temperature year-round is around 25 degrees Celcius, so it’s quite good to trek and explores Cuc Phuong National Park. However, you should avoid November to January because the weather is usually cold and rainy, so entering the jungle is quite risky.

Cuc phuong Butterfllies

Thousands of colorful and beautiful butterflies appear in the jungle around April and May

April and May are the best months in the year: thousands of colorful and beautiful butterflies appear in the jungle around this time, make a wonderful scene for anyone who treks this place. It would be like getting lost in Wonderland.

From May to August, you may encounter rains and storms once in a while, but the weather is really good and suitable for trekking.

4. How to get to Cuc Phuong National Park from Hanoi

To visit Cuc Phuong National Park, you must first get to Ninh Binh. From Ninh Binh city center, you just need to get on a local taxi to get to Cuc Phuong National Park.

From Hanoi, you can get to Ninh Binh in many ways:

By train

If you go by train, you can get the ticket at the station and online at the official site, you can also pay online or at the station. The train is quite comfortable, it is an interesting experience and you can get a bit of sightseeing along the journey.

Train Station to Cuc Phuong

Hanoi train station

By bus

Going by bus is an economical choice because the ticket is really cheap. You just need to make a phone call to the bus agency and arrange the schedule. You must remember that the price of a bus ticket varies according to the type of bus you choose. A lot of bus agency do pick-up service so it will be convenient for the tourists who are not familiar with Hanoi roads.

By private car

If you planning to hire a private car, make sure you choose a reliable and trustworthy agency. Private car is expensive but it is really comfortable and you can have your own space (no need to worry about getting crammed on a bus). Furthermore, if you go in a large group, a private car will definitely better for you.

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5. Activities in Cuc Phuong National Park

Trekking in Cuc Phuong primary jungle

Most of the travelers coming here share the same activity: trekking. Cuc Phuong National Park offers numerous jungle trek routes with different itineraries. You can go alone in some trek rout, but others require you to go with a park-guide or local scout.

Among those routes, the route of overnight camping in Muong Village is the most adventurous and popular. It is one of the hardest jungle trek route with 30 kilometers walking in 2-3 days and your group must have at least 5 people. You will have a chance to stay overnight with the local people and explore the unique traditional culture.

Bird-watching and appreciate the wildlife

If you want to get yourself into a scene of Lion King, let’s throw yourself into Cuc Phuong Park. Here is the host of species listed in the Red Book of Vietnam and species characterized by the jungle. Cuc Phuong is an ideal place for bird-watching as you can see tropical bird flocks coming from anywhere in the jungle.


One of the greatest things in Cuc Phuong National Park is the butterfly season from April to May. During this time, thousands of colourful butterflies will be flying around you and charming you by their beauty.

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Pay a visit to the conservation centers

The conservation centers can be regarded as the highlight of Cuc Phuong National Park. You will be amazed by the stories of origins of all kinds of species, from animals to plants.

The Cuc Phuong Botanical Garden was established in 1985 and listed in the International Botanical Gardens. It was built to preserved genetic resources and rare plants, forming a semi-wild ecology for these kinds of flora. You can easily access the garden within a walking distance.

Slow loris - an endangered species at Endangered Primate Rescue Centre in Ninh Binh

Another center is the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre. People are doing good things here by rescuing individual rare primates such as Gray langur, Cat Ba langur, etc, from confiscation, releasing animals to nature, research on primate’s living habits and environment. This is a wonderful place of a good deed.

If you want something more academic, you can visit Cuc Phuong Museum. This is an important study site for students, conservation experts, botanists and tourists all alike. The museum has been the preservation site of specimens such as insects, butterflies and other animals such as bear, leopard, monkey, etc.

Uncover the prehistoric caves

You see, you can find an impressive cave almost everywhere in Vietnam, and Ninh Binh Cuc Phuong National Park is not an exception.

Some of the must-visited caves include the Cave of Prehistoric Man (contains the traces of shelter and graves of prehistoric man), Mang Chieng Cave (a relic of Stone Age residents, containing many artifacts, animal & human remains) and Trang Khuyet Cave (Crescent Moon). They are all remarkably appealing – they will make you want to take photo continuously!

Village cycling & kayaking

Let’s get back to the local culture by going for a village cycling. You can rent a bike at a really cheap price and drive yourself through some part of the jungle. It will be a peaceful and relaxing ride for you to rest your mind. You will feel the peace of the mountainous atmosphere and the rhythm of the wildlife.

Cuc Phuong Cycling

Cycling among nature and enjoying fresh air helps your body relaxing 

Kayaking is a more physically challenging activity, but it is also great for any tourists. you should not miss your chance to experience kayaking on Mac Lake and Yen Quang Lake among the very green, peaceful and ideal jungle space.

See with your eyes the thousand-year-old tree.

There is an ancient tree in the Cuc Phuong National Park, its history dated back a millennium years ago. The ancient tree is 45m high and more than 20 people are needed to embrace the tree together. You should go and see with your eyes the mother tree of this jungle sometimes.

Conquer the May Bac Peak (Silver Cloudy Peak)

Conquering the May Bac Peak is a must for any photographer. When you stand at May Bac Peak, which is around 700 meters above the sea level, the stunning panorama of Cuc Phuong National Park will be all yours. You will have a chance to see the entire view of Trang An Eco-tourism Complex in North Ninh Binh. The mesmerizing landscape will surely capture your heart.

May Bac Cuc Phuong

Wonderful photographic view on top of May Bac Peak

However, the hiking route to May Bac Peak is quite rocky and slippery, so if you have health problems, you should avoid hiking this route.

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6. What to eat in Cuc Phuong National Park Ninh Binh

To enjoy Cuc Phuong local cuisine is to dive in the delicious and simplistic dishes of Ninh Binh Province. These included:

Scorched Rice


Ninh Binh scorched rice, also known as crunchy rice, is a thin and crispy layer of browned rice cooked at the bottom of the pot on direct flame or heat. In 2012, this dish was recognized as one of the most excellent dishes of Vietnam and Asia. You can try scorched rice on the side of Highway 1, at local restaurants or in the centre city of Ninh Binh.

Mountain Goat

Dishes from mountain goat is the second thing you should try. In Ninh Binh, there are a lot of restaurants specialized in cooking goat meat with secret family recipes. The dishes are tasty and are one of the brand-name local food.



Mountain Snail

If you go to Mua Cave in April to August, you may have a chance to eat the famous mountain snails. They can be cooked in various ways: roasted, steamed with ginger, or boiled with herbs and lemongrass,... This is the new face of Ninh Binh cuisine.


If you go to Mua Cave in April to August, you may have a chance to eat the famous mountain snails.

This is the end of the complete guide exclusive just for you to visit Ninh Binh Cuc Phuong National Park. We hope that you will find this helpful and encouraging you to visit Cuc Phuong National Park someday.

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