Exploring Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba Island is considered as the place where the sky meets the ground, which is given a complex of nature by the Creator. And one of the clearest proof for this statement is the Cat Ba National Park.
Overview of Cat Ba National Park
Location and Transportation:
Located on the beautiful Cat Ba Island, the Cat Ba National Park is in the South side of Halong Bay, only 25 kilometers far from Halong and 30 kilometers far from the center of Hai Phong. The Cat Ba National Park is surrounded by Gia Luan Commune in the Northside, Halong Bay in the Eastside, Cat Ba Island as well as the following communes like Xuan Dam Commune, Tran Chau Commune and Hien Hao Commune in the Westside.
You can directly rent a car and drive here. Another option is to join a tour. By doing that you can learn more about the destination.
A group of tourists exploring Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba National Park in details:
Some main figures of the park:
The Cat Ba National Park has a total area of 26240 ha, in which, 17040 ha of land and 9200 ha of the water surface. This destination contains many ecosystems such as the mangrove swamp ecosystem, forests on limestone mountains ecosystem, ocean ecosystem with ranges of coral, etc.
With a huge biodiversity, which includes 2.320 plant and animal species with 282 animal species living in the forest, 538 animal species living under water, 196 fish species, 771 plant species living on the ground, 23 plant species living in the mangrove swamp, 75 seaweed species and 177 coral species.
Due to this, the Cat Ba National Park is recognized as a World Heritage designated as a biosphere reserve.
The Cat Ba National Park has a total area of 26240 ha
Cat Ba National Park - the tropical evergreen rainforests
Coming to the Cat Ba National Park, visitors will have a chance to witness ranges of specific forest on limestone mountains. Most of the forests in the Cat Ba National Park are the tropical evergreen rainforests, but due to the topographical conditions as well as the water system here, Cat Ba National Park also has a few additional types of forest such as forest on limestone mountains, the mangrove swamp by the shore of the island, etc.
In addition, Cat Ba National Park also possesses many precious trees such as tembusu, chukrasia, yellow flametree, desmos chinensis, etc which only appear in Himalaya mountains. More than that, in the Cat Ba National Park, visitors also find more than 60 animal species in Vietnamese Red Data Book that are nearly extinct such as the white-headed langur, the Delacour's langur, the collared crow, the black squirrel, etc.
Especially, in Trung Giang Area, there is a forest of an endemic plant species-the Nageia fleuryi (or also called the Kim Giao tree in Vietnamese). Not only bearing the environmental value, but the Cat Ba National Park also owns the historical value since researchers have found a lot of vestiges of human appearance here, which states the existence of the human in this area about 6000 to 7000 years ago.
Most of the forests in the Cat Ba National Park are the tropical evergreen rainforests
Cat Ba National Park - a tourist attraction
Since the Cat Ba National Park has been exploited as a tourist attraction, the services here are quite good and fully offered. You can find a lot of high-end to anti-illiteracy resorts, hotels, motels as well as restaurants in the Cat Ba National Park.
From the center of the park, there are 5 main routes that visitors could choose to explore the park. They are: Ao Ech-Viet Hai route, May Bau-Quan Y Cave route, Kim Giao-Me Con-Tung Di route (which will takes travelers 4 to 8 hours of walking and climbing) as well as Kim Giao forest-Ngu Lam peak route (which takes 2 to 3 hours of riding, driving, walking or climbing) and Trung Trang Cave-Uy Ban Grotto route (which is an environmental education route).
Especially, if you choose the Kim Giao forest-Ngu Lam peak route, you can contemplate the whole area at the height of 225 meters above the sea level. It is guaranteed that you will be amazed by the fresh atmosphere and the stunning nature in Cat Ba National Park as if it’s a heaven on earth.
From Ngu Lam peak route, you can contemplate the whole area at the height of 225 meters above the sea level
The most ideal time to visit this famous World Heritage is between April and October. In this period, the weather in Cat Ba National Park is very comfortable and great for trekking.
What can the chidren learn from this trip?
If you’re on a trip with your children, you should choose a special educational tour for them. Along the way, children will be enthusiastically taught and instructed by your tour guides. They can also have a realistic experience about plants in the forest. At the end of the tour, certainly, they will obtain a lot of knowledge and have great memories.
To sum it up, the Cat Ba National Park is one of the most famous destinations in Vietnam due to its biodiversity and its natural beauty. This place is promised to be one of the greatest experience of your life. So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and explore the surreal beauty of the Cat Ba National Park right now.