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Tan Phu District, Dong Nai, Vietnam
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Cat Tien National Park, a sprawling natural sanctuary located in southern Vietnam, covers an expansive area of 720 square kilometers. Positioned about 150 kilometers to the north of Ho Chi Minh City, the park boasts a diverse landscape that includes tropical rainforests, sprawling grasslands, meandering wetlands, and the picturesque Dong Nai River. Its strategic location makes it an easily accessible and highly sought-after destination for nature enthusiasts and wildlife aficionados alike.
Cat Tien National Park is renowned for its exceptional biodiversity, serving as a habitat for a multitude of plant and animal species. Within its lush confines, visitors can marvel at the presence of over 1,600 plant species, 113 mammal species, and 351 bird species. The park also boasts 109 reptile species, 41 amphibian species, and a staggering 756 insect species. Notably, Cat Tien is home to numerous endangered species, including the impressive Gaur, elusive Orange-necked Partridge, the critically endangered Siamese Crocodile, the rare Bony-headed Toad, and the beautiful Five-bar Swordtail butterfly. This sanctuary offers a true haven for both nature enthusiasts and conservationists, showcasing the remarkable tapestry of life it harbors.
Ecotourism enthusiasts visiting Cat Tien National Park have a multitude of nature-based activities to choose from. Whether you're into birding, night mammal watching, primate observation, or just seeking a retreat into the wild, the park has you covered. Adventurous spirits can embark on treks and bike rides along well-maintained trails, while camping options offer a unique outdoor experience. And don't forget to explore the park's intriguing museum. There's something for every eco-enthusiast at Cat Tien National Park.
Apart from its appeal as a tourist destination, Cat Tien National Park plays a crucial role in Vietnam's conservation efforts. The park is at the forefront of various conservation initiatives aimed at preserving the delicate ecosystems within its boundaries. These initiatives, including the Primate Conservation Center, Bear Conservation and Rescue Center of WWF, and the Wildlife Rescue Station of the Park, focus on the protection, restoration, and sustainable management of the region's unique wildlife and plant species, contributing significantly to the overall conservation efforts in Vietnam.
To ensure a comfortable and convenient experience for visitors, Cat Tien National Park offers a range of facilitiy and accommodation options. Basic guesthouses and eco-friendly lodges provide a cozy stay amidst the pristine natural surroundings of the park. For those who prefer a more extended visit, biking rentals and car rentals with a driver are available for exploring the park at your own pace. Additionally, you can find bird hides strategically placed for birdwatching enthusiasts and ferries to explore the surrounding areas. It is advisable for visitors to make reservations in advance, especially during peak seasons, to secure their slot and make the most of their experience in this enchanting natural haven.
The Black-Shanked Douc stands out with its unique coloring, featuring a bluish face, large yellow eye-rings, and a chestnut outline on its head. This species is mostly black with white throat, grey back, and belly. Some individuals exhibit color variations but are confirmed as black-shanked doucs through genetic testing. Sadly, they are critically endangered due to habitat loss and fragmentation, with their population rapidly declining. To spot them in Cat Tien, visit during the dry season when they are more accessible in the dense forest.
The pitta in Cat Tien National Park boasts distinctive features, including green-striped underparts and a black mask. Males sport aquamarine-blue crown patches and dark purplish-blue bellies. In contrast, females have pale orangish heads and lack these vivid features. These secretive birds prefer dense undergrowth, making them challenging to spot, especially in limestone gullies and forested riversides. This lowland species can be heard with a bubbly, three-note "chowee-wu!" song and a police car alarm-like call. While they reside in Cat Tien year-round, dry seasons offer ideal conditions for photography enthusiasts.
In Cat Tien, Gaur herds are led by a mature female matriarch, while adult males tend to roam alone. During the breeding season, solitary males travel extensively to find receptive females. Interestingly, disputes among males are settled without serious fighting, with size dictating dominance. Males use resonant mating calls, audible from over 1.6 km, and a whistling snort as an alarm call. To spot them in Cat Tien, visit during the rainy season when they can be seen in open grassy areas and around Bau Sau Lake, especially during early mornings and late afternoons.
This is a small and elegant bird with a brown body and features bright red facial skin adorned with iridescent sapphire spots throughout its body, especially notable on the tail, which displays longer green spots. These elusive creatures inhabit densely covered forests, ranging from lowlands to foothills and lower montane areas. They tend to be shy and reclusive, making casual sightings quite challenging.
In Cat Tien, visitors can improve their chances of observing and photographing these birds by utilizing bird hides and patiently waiting for 2-4 hours for a potential sighting.
Meet the resplendent Banded Kingfisher, a striking bird with a vibrant appearance. The male boasts bright blue plumage with an orange face, white chin, and black-and-blue banded wings and tail. In contrast, the female is adorned with striking orange and black tiger-like stripes throughout her body. These birds often perch motionless at various forest levels, making them challenging to spot. Inhabiting lowland and hill forests, they reveal their presence with a haunting whistle followed by mellow whistles. To find them in Cat Tien, keen observation is essential.In Cat Tien, visitors can improve their chances of observing and photographing these birds by utilizing bird hides and patiently waiting for 2-4 hours for a potential sighting.
Cat Tien National Park is a forest with valuable biodiversity resources of Vietnam and the world.
It was recognized as a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2001; The Ramsar Secretariat has recognized Bau Sau (Crocodile Lake) Wetland as a Ramsar Convention of International Importance in 2005; and on September 27, 2012 – World Tourism Day, Cat Tien National Park was ranked as a special national monument by the Government of Vietnam.
The natural area of Cat Tien National Park is 71,000 ha, stretching over 3 provinces of Dong Nai, Lam Dong, Binh Phuoc and is surrounded by 90 km of Dong Nai river.
3 Days 2 Nights
Explore Vietnam's premier birding destination, Cat Tien National Park, nestled just 150 km from Ho Chi Minh City. This pristine lowland forest sanctuary houses approximately 320 bird species, including the elusive Germain's Peacock-Pheasant, Siamese Fireback, and endemic subspecies. Bird enthusiasts can witness rare sightings such as the Orange-necked Partridge, Banded Kingfisher, and the exquisite Bar-bellied Pitta. Join us on this birding tour to experience the avian wonders of Cat Tien National Park.
3 Days 2 Nights
Join us on a thrilling 3-day adventure in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam, exploring the rich avian life and diverse herpetofauna. Encounter rare bird species like the Siamese Fireback and Germain's Peacock-Pheasant. Delve into herping to discover various amphibians and reptiles, including the King Cobra and Burmese Python. Expert guides lead you through the park's prime birding and herping locations, offering ecological insights. Cat Tien National Park promises a captivating journey through Vietnam's incredible biodiversity.
3 Days 2 Nights
This is designed for you to easily have short primate-watching tours during your time in Vietnam, located 150 km far northeast of Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) City and contains the largest remaining area of lowland tropical forest in South Vietnam. There are 7/24 primate species of Vietnam you can see in Cat Tien National Park: Black-shanked Douc Langur, Annamese Langur, Southern Yellow-cheeked Gibbon, Pygmy Slow Loris, Northern Pig-tailed Macaque, Stump-tailed Macaque, Long-tailed Macaque.