Explore Cat Tien National Park - The Top World Biosphere Reserve in Vietnam
Located about 150 kilometers from Saigon to the east, Cat Tien National Park is separated from the residential area by the Dong Nai river. If you are a nature lover, Cat Tien National Park would be an ideal destination for your upcoming trip.
An overview of Cat Tien National Park
Covering an area of 71,920 hectares, Cat Tien National Park is an important area to maintain the broad-leaved evergreen forest – the only living habitat of the one-horned rhinoceros in Vietnam and in the world as well.
Currently, this national park is one of the world biospheres reverse in Vietnam recognized by UNESCO. It is home to 1,610 species of plants and 1,568 species of animals of which 31 species of plants and 84 species of animals are listed in the Vietnam Red Book and 50 species of birds are globally protected and recorded in the IUCN Red Book 2008.
In Cat Tien National Park, the green forest, bamboo forest and farm alternatively accounts for 50 percent, 40 percent, and 10 percent. Thanks to its biodiversity, it is a fascinating place for researchers to explore the mysteries of the natural and ecological world, which are important for the study of fauna and flora.
Cat Tien National Park (via kenhhomestay)
Interesting experiences in Cat Tien National Park
Hiking in the forest
Wandering through the paths under the trees, visitors can see strange mushrooms, wildflowers with attractive colors and hundreds of medical plants and orchids. In particular, there are many exotic plants such as the 500-year-old tree, the tree with a large root splitting into branches like flowing stream, and the rare tree with a diameter of more than 2 meters.
Hiking there in the middle of nature will give you a wonderful feeling. In addition, you can also ride a jeep through the forest or cycle to explore the primary forests.
Taking beautiful photos
Coming to Cat Tien National Park, you likely walk into the home of hundreds of wild animals named in the Vietnam Red Book. This is the paradise of more than 350 species of birds and bear rescue station for visiting with the ticket price of 40,000 VND. Remember to bring your camera, you can take a lot of pictures. Moreover, after the rains of the summer, Cat Tien forest becomes more brilliant than ever with more than 450 species of butterflies.
Trekking in Cat Tien National Park
Exploring Bau Sau
Bau Sau is an attractive destination that you should not miss. To get there, you take a car and then take a 5-kilometer walking.
On the way, you will be surprised by the beauty of the primary forests and tall trees. After two hours, you will get to the kingdom of crocodiles – the kind that is thought to be extinct. An exciting experience here is sitting on the boat and going around the lake. You do not have to worry because the crocodiles are very gentle.
In addition, you can admire the beautiful dance of the peacocks, enjoy the cool air of the swamps nestled between the primary forest or listen to the sound of birds. In the midst of the poetic scene, you will have a relaxing moment.
Seeing the animals at night
Cat Tien National Park is the only place in Vietnam where you can witness the natural habitat of wild animals. Around half past 6 in the dry season, the tour guide will take you to the large grasslands. The flashlight of the car will make you see the feeding of animals. This experience costs from 150,000 VND to 250,000 VND per person.
Exploring the life of ethnic people
Ma – Stieng ethnic minority communities in Ta Lai along Dong Nai River have their own customs and habits. To get there, you can take a 20-minute ride through the jungle, or take a 40-minute canoe along the Dong Nai River to admire the view of both river banks.
The village is home to Ta Lai cultural house to preserve relics from the ancient time such as gongs, jars or memorial tomb. You can also go through the suspension bridge, enjoy the sound of Monkhala flute or see the brocade dyed from leaves and bark made by the skillful hands of the ethnic people. Discovering the daily life of indigenous people will bring you interesting experiences.
Where to stay and eat in Cat Tien National Park
Hostel in Cat Tien National Park
In the campus of the national park, there are a lot of hostels with interesting names such as Elephant, Bear, Bang Lang or Hong Hoang with the price ranging from 300,000 VND to 400,000 VND. Rooms are designed simply but well-equipped.
In Cat Tien, you can eat at two restaurants located in the center of which each restaurant can serve 300 guests. Or if you want to save money, you can bring food along.
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