Cat Tien National Park
Cat Tien National Park is one of the best wildlife spots in Vietnam, and is listed as a UNESCO Biosphere. This large area of lowland tropical rainforest is only three hours from Ho Chi Minh City, but the park feels another world away, boasting diverse flora and fauna, animal rescue centres, and wonderful trekking, cycling and safari.
Cat Tien National Park offers 72,000 hectares of rainforest, which is home to an amazing array of wildlife. There are close to 300 bird species, including the Siamese fireback, orange-necked partridge and Germain’s Peacock-Pheasant. There is also 100 mammal species, including several primates, as well as elephants and leopards, although sightings of the latter two are much rarer.
There are a few wildlife rescue and conservation centres within the park. The Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre has been set up in collaboration with a number of conservation groups, including Monkey World in the UK. The centre aims to rehabilitate the rescued primates, which include silver langurs, golden-cheeked gibbons and pygmy loris, and hopefully release them into the wild. There is also a Bear and Wildcat Rescue Centre in the park.
There are different safari options, including night safaris and a trip to Crocodile Lake, which is home to some 200 crocodiles. Local rangers will help to enhance travellers’ experience, with a variety of treks, boat trips and bike rides available.