Updated: Feb 28
Want to discover some national parks in the North and the Center of Vietnam, but still searching? Want to stay close to the nature while travelling around? Let’s check out those national parks in Vietnam!
Which are the famous national parks in the North and the Center of Vietnam?
Though Vietnam is a coastal country in Southeast Asia, it’s still famous for mountainous landscapes, especially when it comes to forests. There are also some travelers wanting to discover national parks when they visit Vietnam and do some adventurous activities such as hiking, trekking…
National parks in Vietnam are home to thousands of wild animals and plants, especially endangered species. Vietnamese government is trying to protect them, and so are the people in Vietnam .
Specially, the North is rich in staggered rice terraces shifting with the seasons. The Center boasts the world’s largest caves and the country’s loudest waterfalls, meanwhile the South is home to mangrove forests and exotic wildlife.
List of national parks in the North and the Center of Vietnam
Cát Bà National Park
One of the largest national parks in the Gulf of Tonkin (in the North), Cát Bà National Park serves as a core point of the most famous bay in Vietnam, yah, Halong Bay. This is also home to the majority of the world’s remaining white-headed langurs.
Not only possesses iconic mountainous landscapes, Cát Bà National Park is also attractive for challenging cliffs and compelling beaches. Hence, while walking or cycling around this park, you will also enjoy the wind and the smell from the ocean. For adventurers, don’t forget to explore the network of trails that wind through this national park and hike over the mountain to Viet Hai, an isolated village inaccessible by road.
The weather might be its largest barrier for travellers since everything might become more difficult to access, so remember to check the weather carefully before starting your trip, especially in the monsoon season.
Ba Bể National Park
The ever first thing you can experience when visiting Ba Bể National Park is that it is home to a number of ethnic minorities including the Tay, Dao and Hmong, and offers you the opportunity to explore the ethnic daily lifestyle and traditions.
This is a subtropical national park, a vast forest sprinkled with gushing waterfalls and bat caves. Moreover, Ba Bể National Park is made up of towering limestone mountains that crash down to pounding waterfalls before settling in Ba Bể Lake.
Ba Bể National Park owns a tropical climate and a unique, diverse range of flora and fauna and wealth of cave systems and limestone mountains. And since it was recognized by the ASEAN Heritage Parks Organization, it has attracted hundreds of tourists every month.
Cúc Phương National Park
Established in 1962, Cúc Phương is the oldest national park in Vietnam which takes you 2 hours driving from Hà Nội. This is home to a dense forest of millennia-old trees, prehistoric caves, botanical gardens, and two animal sanctuaries which are worth exploring.
If you want to stay close to nature, don’t forget to experience the park on foot or by bicycles. Visitors in April and May should be blessed with the chance to see literally thousands of vibrant butterflies.
If you don’t care much about the cold weather, Cúc Phương National Park is the best option to visit all year around. Just remember to protect yourself and bring enough necessary clothes for the winters.
Phong Nha - Kẻ Bàng National Park
Which national park is the most exciting and attractive in the Center of Vietnam? The answer is Phong Nha - Kẻ Bàng National Park. Do you remember Son Doong Cave - the largest cave in the world? You got it! It is situated at Phong Nha - Kẻ Bàng National Park!
Not stop for that, Phong Nha - Kẻ Bàng National Park is one of the most spectacular wilderness sites in South East Asia and one of the 2 largest limestone regions in the world. Hundreds of miles of underground labyrinths run beneath limestone giants that tower toward the sky.
You will also have a chance to visit Hang Khe Ry, the world’s largest river cave. It lasts for 20km between 2 large limestone cliffs. If you are a real adventure lover, think no more to make a real trip to discover Phong Nha - Kẻ Bàng National Park, Hang Khe Ry and especially, Son Doong Cave, discovered in 2009, explored in 2011 by a British caving team and now opens to a limited number of tourists from 2014.
Bạch Mã National Park
Bạch Mã National Park is located near Huế, about 40km to the South of Huế and 65km to the North of Đà Nẵng. What you can do here is to have a panoramic view of the mountains, rivers, lagoons and villages, hear the birds sing, be immersed in the cool streams and see many kinds of animals and plants.
The park is home to some of the most dense and pristine ribbons of jungle in the center Vietnam. Not only that, you will also experience some old French colonial villas which is now converted into charming guesthouse.
There are enough hiking trails to keep you busy for a few days. Some lead through rock pools and waterfalls. On a clear morning, you can walk to the peak of the mountain for a spectacular coastal sunrise. The best time to visit Bạch Mã National Park is from March to September.
For some national parks in the South, read more here https://www.hahatours.com/post/the-amazing-national-parks-in-the-south-of-vietnam
For exploring other tourist attractions in the North by your own way, don't forget to visit here: https://www.hahatours.com/ha-noi