The wild and natural beauty of Cat Tien National Park

Published:  10:23 Thursday - July 14, 2011

The wild and natural beauty of Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park is one of important national parks of Vietnam. The park is famous for extremely natural beauty together with lots of rare, specious and endemic genes of fauna and flora, as a plentiful site for scientists, domestic tourists as well as foreign tourists travel to Vietnam. Every year, the number of tourists and tours to Cat Tien National Park contribute a remarkable part in tours to Vietnam.

Introduction about the Park

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The park covers 71,920 Hectares (278 square miles) of lowland forest and swamp in southern Viet Nam and is home to numerous birds and mammals. It is approximately 160 km (100 miles) north east of Ho Chi Minh City, from which it is accessible in 3-4 hours. One of Vietnam's most important and largest National Parks, it is mostly situated at the northern edge of Dong Nam Bo (South-eastern) region, but includes southern edge of Tay Nguyen (the Western Highlands). The Javan rhinoceros was found in the Cat Loc area until recently, but there are many other mammals to see, including: a number of primate species such as the endemic golden-cheeked gibbon, bears, elephant and gaur. Many birds can be found, including such specialities as Germain's peacock pheasant, bar-bellied pitta and the rare endemic orange-necked partridge.

Cat Tien National Park

Pied hornbill - Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park

Siamese fireback - Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park

 

Mammals of Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park

The Park is varied and made up of seasonally flooding grassland and swamp forest. The wetland is bounded to the east, south and west by dense humid evergreen forest with semi-evergreen and deciduous forest in the park itself. To date, more than 1,610 plant species have been recorded, in 162 botanical families. Tourists who travel to Vietnam and visit here will be very amazing of very wild and natural beauty of Cat Tien National Park.

Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park

The fauna of Cat Tien National Park includes: 105 listed mammal species, 351 species of birds, >120 reptile and amphibian species and >130 species of freshwater fish. The park supports approximately 457 species of butterflies and numerous other fascinating insects.

Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park

Cat Tien National Park consists of two adjacent segments, separated by agricultural land:

  • Cat Loc is in the north
  • Nam Cat Tien - which contains the Park HQ and is most often visited

As well as the wild life interest there are also several minority communities that have lived in the central valley of the reserve for several centuries.

The Park is located in the three provinces of Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc and approximately 160 km north-east of Ho Chi Minh City. This is a worth place for tours in Vietnam.

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