Cat Tien National Park

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Country rank: 5 out of 34 Places To Visit In Vietnam

Sub-Region: South East Asia


Ideal duration: 4-5 Hours

Best time: December to May (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Hanoi (Check Flights)


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Cat Tien National Park Tourism

Cát Tiên National Park is located in the Southern region of Vietnam. It’s approximately 150 kilometres away from Ho Chi Minh City and covers around 720 square-kilometres of the few surviving tropical lowlands of Vietnam. The national park is home to exquisite flora and fauna such as the golden-cheeked gibbon and many types of tropical birds. The diversity is depicted by the fact that the overall habitats have been divided into five categories by the authorities.

Cat Tien National Park has two segments, namely Cat Loc to the north side and Nam Cat Tien towards the eastern half, which is often visited and contains the Park headquarters. The Park has an area of about 720 and is located in three provinces: Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc. Cát Tiên National Park was protected initially in 1978 as two sectors: Nam Cat Tien and Tay Cat Tien. One more sector, Cat Loc, was gazetted as a rhinoceros reserve in 1992 when there was a discovery of a population of the Vietnamese Javan rhinoceros. The park is quite famous for the scope of adventure activities that it offers as well as for sightings of bears as well as the Wild Gibbon.

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Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre is situated on Dao Tien Island. It’s 5 min up-stream by boat from the landing near Park Headquarters (boats depart at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.). The centre is known for the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of endangered primates, all victims of illegal wildlife trade, and the animals found in the region. Such animals include golden-cheeked gibbons, black-shanked douc, silvered langur, and pygmy loris. Cat Tien Bear Rescue Centre accommodates Sun bears and Asian black bears which have been rescued from the cruel and illegal trade. In the morning, black bears can be seen from a viewing platform, but by early afternoon they prefer to return to their cages for shelter. There are also crocodiles, peafowls, and a few gibbons to see in this area, adjacent to the Park Headquarters.

Historically speaking, there is an archaeological site present on the northern banks of the Dong Nai river. Here you can find a group of temples, belonging to a previously unknown Hindu civilization which probably inhabited the site between the 4th century and 9th century AD. Excavations carried out between 1994 and 2003 have produced a large number of gold, bronze, ceramic, coloured stones and glass artefacts, many of which are now in the Da Lat museum.

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The food is diverse and tasty. There are multiple animals and birds to spot. You can also choose to visit monasteries and caves which depict ancient civilisations.

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You can’t bring your own bicycles and most guides have a tough time speaking English. Camping at Crocodile Lake is no longer permitted.

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