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National parks contain many mysterious things waiting for your discovery. They can attract tourists’ interests because of their diversity and unique beauty of unspoiled nature. This article shows the list of 4 most famous national parks you should take into consideration if you are planning to visit Vietnam.
Ba Vi National park is located 48 km (30 mi) west of Hanoi. It has been famous for the diverse ecosystem, beautiful landscape, and mild climate since the early 20th century.
Today, there are over 1000 species in this place. Ba Vi includes around 2000 herbs, valuable plants such as cypress, pine, chestnut, or flowers. This place contains 45 wild animals, 115 kinds of bird, 61 reptiles and 27 frog species. It also has some endangered animals in the Red List of Threatened Species like white pheasant, monkey, leopard, bear, flying squirrel, etc.
In 1991, Ba Vi was recognized as a national park in Vietnam.
Cuc Phuong is not only the first national park, but it is also the first Vietnam nature reserve. Located in Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, and Thanh Hoa, its area is 22.000ha. Cuc Phuong was long famous for its diverse species in forest ecology, majestic landscape, and historical culture.
Natural caves lie deeply inside the unspoiled forests. Some famous ones are Pho Ma Giang Cave, Son Cung Cave, Vui Xuan Cave, Con Moong Cave. Especially, Nguoi Xua Cave closely linked to some artifacts about prehistoric humanlike species in Son Vi Culture, Hoa Binh Culture. They have been available for 12500 to 7000 years. Cuc Phuong has been recognized as a national park in Vietnam since 1996.
Pu Mat National Park is a special forest located in the west of Nghe An province. This place includes evergreen forest with numerous canopy tree species.
At the foot of Pu Mat, there are many beautiful landscapes and historical places such as Ma Nhai gravestone. It keeps some records about Tran Dynasty’s feats. Moving upstream the wonderful Giang River can be another way you should not ignore when discovering Pu Mat.
UNESCO recognized Pu Mat as a national park in 2001
This place is a lowland tropical forest, situated in Dong Nai, Lam Dong, and Binh Phuoc. Evergreen trees account for 50% the total area of Cat Tien. 40% is bamboo forest, while 10% is the large farm. Cat Tien is the living space of 40 endangered species, including rhinoceros, in the World Red List. Many favorable birds choose this place to build their home. Besides, Cat Tien also contains numerous valuable orchids.
Visiting Cat Tien National Park, tourists can enjoy the beauty of nature; experience some unique culture of Stieng and Ma ethnic minority. If you are interested in adventurous journeys, visiting wild animals at night must be the best activity you should not skip.
1999 was the year UNESCO recognized Cat Tien as the next national park in Viet Nam