Cat Tien National Park, Bien Hoa

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Cát Tiên National Park is a national park located in the south of Vietnam, approximately 150 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. It has an area of about 720 km2 and protects one of the largest areas of lowland tropical forests left in Vietnam.HistoryThe surrounding area was originally occupied by the Ma people - especially in the area that is now Cat Loc (in the 1960s eastern Nam Cat Tien was described as "inhabité - uninhabited") and Stieng people in western Dong Nai Province. After the formation of the Park, many of these people were re-settled in Talai village, to the south-west of Nam Cat Tien.Cát Tiên National Park (CTNP) was protected initially in 1978 as two sectors, Nam Cat Tien and Tay Cat Tien. Another sector, Cat Loc, was gazetted as a rhinoceros reserve in 1992 upon the discovery of a population of the Vietnamese Javan rhinoceros, an occasion that brought the park into the world's eye. The three areas were combined to form one park in 1998. Nam Cat Tien is contiguous with Vĩnh Cửu nature reserve thus providing an enlarged area for species to breed. The forest is now protected by the Kiểm lâm (VN Forest Rangers) with responsibilities for managing poaching, fire control, and other issues.Parts of the park area suffered historically during the Vietnam War when it was extensively sprayed with defoliant herbicides. However, substantial further damage was done by logging up until the 1990s. To this day these areas have extensive bamboo and grassland cover and trees have not yet grown back.
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  • For those who have been lucky enough to stay at Green Hope lodge, Luan is a knowledgeable & much loved host. The good news is he is now sharing his passion for the forest & conservation taking small g...  more »
  • You will truly enjoy the daily activities of the wild animals and the diversity of the vegetation of the original forest causing the fascination for the viewer, you will feel the feeling of harmony with nature in the sense of The source of his father, the fresh air of the mountains, brings true comfort in the hearts of the man of the forest. Talking will be great if you slowly explore it.
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  • Wild gibbon trek is highly recommended, such a unique experience. Level of hospitality service and staff communication needs improvement to draw more foreign tourists. This place has so much untapped potential and serves a crucial cause to preserve/protect Vietnam's endangered species.
  • Beautiful national park with excellent birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. Access is via a very short ferry ride across the river. Tourists are not allowed to take motorbikes into the park but you can rent bicycles, either cruisers or mountain bikes, for 100,000 VND half day. The roads in the park have very little vehicular traffic and are nice to cycle. There are several short hiking trails to some big old trees and rapids on the river.
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