Itinerary Details Day 2: Ninh Binh - Van Long Nature Reserve – Cuc Phuong National Park – Ha Noi
Van Long Nature Reserve is not only a natural reserve of wetlands but also of cultural relics. Van Long is legendary, a beautiful area and the largest natural reserve of wetlands. Relax, sit back and enjoy, when sitting on your local rowing boat and take in the natural beauty of spectacular mountain ranges that create a natural wall surrounded the vast expanse of water.
Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong is the oldest National Park in Vietnam. Cuc Phuong boasts an engaging cultural and wildlife heritage and enchanting scenery. Magnificent Limestone Mountains rise up majestically from the green rice-terraces and traditional stilt houses of the Muong hill-tribe. Covered in a dense forest, this landscape forms the habitat for some of Asia's rarest animal and plant species.
7.30 After breakfast (and check-out) we start our motorbike tour with a 1-hour drive to Van Long NR.
8.20 We start the 1 hour boat ride in Van Long NR
9.30 We head on and take country side roads towards Cuc Phuong National Park. There are plenty opportunities for photo stops.
11:00 We arrive at the parks center (Bong) to enjoy an early lunch at 11.30am before we start trekking to the 1000-year-old tree.
14:00 We return to the gate of the National Park to visit the endangered primate rescue center for about 30 minutes.
15:10 We end our visit and start driving back to Ninh Binh. Your driver will drop you off at the train station for your journey back to Hanoi. The train is scheduled for 5.30pm and will arrive in Hanoi at 7pm.
Transportation: Private motorbike driver and guide
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Guide: English speaking tour guide
Accommodation: Air-conditioned soft seat on the train