Cat Tien national park

Cat Tien National Park Tour 2 days

Cat Tien National Park is home to one of the Ramsar wetland area only Vietnam (Bau Sau – Crocodile swamp), is one of 8 Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in Vietnam, terrestrial habitat last Javan rhinoceros is especially rare, the chance to mingle with wonderful natural and cultural enjoy longstanding ethnic tribe Stieng and Ma. Tour Code: SBL15A

Day 1: Saigon – Cat Tien National Park. (Lunch, dinner)

08:00 We leave by car Cat Tien National Park (150km, 3hours), with a short rest stop in DauGiay. We slowly gain in altitude as we approach DinhQuan volcanic area. There are quite many volcano craters around DinhQuan, dated back to Jura and Kreta era about 100 million to 65 million years ago.
Upon arrival Cat Tien national park, we cross the Dong Nai river and head to the park’s administration building. 12:00 checking in, we have lunch break. 14:00 We begin an 5-km hike along the nature trail where we will see many gigantic trees before returning to the administration building. What kind of trees on this trail ? There are Lagerstroemia Ovalfolia (BangLang), Tetrameles nudiflora (Tung), Cycas rumphii (Thien Tue), Ancistrolandus tectorius (Trung quan), Afzelia cyclocarpa (Go). Then we head back to the park center for relaxing, soft drink at the riverside hut. Or you may choose a short cycling ~ 12km inside the park area. Please check with our guide for arranging the bicycle.

18:30 A jeep transport us to the TaLai buffer zone for a night site where we may spot tree shrews, civets, mouse deer, wild boars, and pygmy loris.
20:00 Back into guesthouse for dinner. Overnight in Cat tien park (very basic guesthouse).

Note: There is a luxury Cat Tien Jungle Lodge just at the other side of Dong Nai river, and the standard CatTien Farm stay about 1.5km from the park center. Please let us know if you would like to stay here.

Day 2: Cat Tien Trek – Saigon (Breakfast, lunch)

The types of Cat Tien terrain alternating pools, marshes, streams systems, plus more than 90 km length of Dong Nai river has created unique landscapes with waterfalls and wetlands and semi-submerged … Especially the crocodile swamp (Bau Sau) area, a tourist attractions very interesting.
Our jeep transports us 9km to a junction, where we hike 5km to Crocodile Lake Station. You can paddle small sampan in crocodile lake for exploring the fresh water lake here. Following a short rest stop at the lake’s watch tower, we hike back to the main road and a jeep bring us back to our lodgings.
After we check out, we have lunch and then return the way we came: ferry across the river and transport by car back to Saigon.

Tour price for Cat Tien national park:

10,280,000 vnd (US$ 445) Solo trip.

6,000,000 vnd (US$ 260) / person (group of 2 people)

4,850,000 vnd (US$ 210) / person (group of 3 people)

4,390,000 vnd (US$ 190) / person (group of 4 to 10 people)

Single supplement : 460,000 vnd (US$ 20).

Services included:

– All entrance fees.
– Transport: A/c bus, jeep transport in the park.
– Local guide within Cat Tien National Park.
– Simple guestroom at the park’s administration center or Cat Tien farm stay.  Pls contact us for upgrade price to CatTien jungle lodge.
– Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner as mentioned above. Drinking water (Two 0.5L bottles per day per person).
– Insect repellent (to repel leeches).

Not included: Insurance, personal expenses.

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More photos of Cat Tien national park tour:

A visit to rubber plantation on the way to Cat Tien national park.
A visit to rubber plantation on the way to Cat Tien national park.
Floating village in LaNga reservoir on the way to Cat Tien park
Floating village in LaNga reservoir of DongNai province.
Crocodile swamp in Cat Tien national park
Crocodile swamp in Cat Tien national park
Lagerstroemia tree in Cat Tien national park
Lagerstroemia tree in Cat Tien national park
A baby crocodile found near Bau Sau - crocodile swamp in Cat Tien national park
A baby crocodile found near Bau Sau – crocodile swamp in Cat Tien national park
Crocodile swamp - BauSau lake in Cat Tien national park
Crocodile swamp – BauSau lake in Cat Tien national park
A giant Lagerstroemia Ovalfolia tree in Cat Tien national park
A giant Lagerstroemia Ovalfolia tree with 6 tops
Crocodile swamp - BauSau lake in Cat Tien national park
Boat rowing in Crocodile swamp – BauSau lake in Cat Tien national park
Trekking way to BauSau - crocodile lake in Cat Tien national park
Trekking way to BauSau – crocodile lake in Cat Tien national park
A giant Tung - Tetrameles nudiflora tree in Cat Tien national park
A giant Tung – Tetrameles nudiflora tree in Cat Tien national park

Are you interested in terrain of Cat Tien national park and surroundings ? Almost rock walls along farmers’ farms made of tuff rock. Tuff is an igneous rock that forms from the products of an explosive volcanic eruption. In these eruptions the volcano blasts rock, ash, magma and other materials from its vent. This ejecta travels through the air and falls back to Earth in the area surrounding the volcano. If the ejected material is compacted and cemented into a rock that rock will be called “tuff”.

On your way back to Saigon, noted the volcano group on both side of highway 20, there is one crater closed by highway at km117. If time permitting, you may hike up to the top of this crater and see the whole area of DinhQuan volcano. The eruption was approx.  100 million years ago, during Jurasic to Kreta era.

Lots of volcano craters around DinhQuan - way to Cat Tien national park
Lots of volcano craters around DinhQuan – way to Cat Tien national park

There is a lava tube underneath the highway to Dalat. These lava tubes under the Gia Ty “Teak” forest before you turn off to Cat Tien national park.

Gia Ty forest - Tectona grandis on way to Cat Tien national park
Teak wood forest in DinhQuan before turn off to Cat Tien national park.
Teak wood forest near Cat Tien national park
Teak wood forest and giant tuff rocks near Cat Tien national park

More information about  Cat Tien national park here: Cat Tien park

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