Cat Tien Park
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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Cat Tien National Park is a vast lowland tropical forest and biosphere reserve in southern Vietnam. It’s home to centuries-old trees, botanical gardens and recreational trails. The park also shelters diverse wildlife, from reptiles at Crocodile Lake to endangered primates and rare birds.
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Anja B
Boston, MA29 contributions
Sep 2020
The park is nice and you can hike and/or rent a bike, and explore on your own. I do not recommend the Wild Gibbon Trek though. I read some many good things about it, but it was so disappointing. I got the tour booked through the park office directly. It was expensive; the guide was not friendly at all and didn't talk much. Nothing besides the guide was included, I didn't hear the gibbons sing. We saw a few gibbons jumping on the trees, but it was so high up, I could barely see anything, and of course the guide didn't have binoculars for me. But he showed me some youtube videos on his phone on the way back?! I guess that was very illuminating.
Written February 8, 2021
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Dino
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam80 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
Wonderful place to experience the beauty of Vietnam's nature. We had a great trekking tour thanks to our guide, Ms Ka Tuyen who as a member of the local ethnic minority that was living in the forest until it became a national park had a wealth of knowledge for everything about it. A great experience!
Written September 3, 2020
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Oksana P
Kyiv, Ukraine11 contributions
May 2020
We spent two days at the park. First day we rented a bicycles and had a ride through the forest. Second day we rented a boat and had a ride with birdwatching, as an entertainment bonus a skipper will let you drive a boat by yourself!
Written May 25, 2020
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Jacques F
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam43 contributions
Jun 2020
I went with some friends for a weekend trip.
Reception at the park was very friendly and the room had all the basics. Could have done with a mini fridge, but the resturants are close by.

There is two resturants and both is recommended, Staff very friendly and helpful with advise. Food was excellent, drinks not so much choice but enough to keep you happy.

We rented some bicycles to go explore, again very helpful staff. You have a range of bikes so sure you will find one that suits you, word of advice if you want to go just for the day go early to ensure you can get a bike, they tend to run out of them quickly.
Written June 30, 2020
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Hlamme
London, UK94 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We saw different gibbon families, plus black langurs, on each day in the park. There are plenty of birds, insects and the walking itself is beautiful.

I genuinely don't understand why people would pay $60 for the gibbon trek plus the premium price of staying in the park hotel to make the 4.30am start when the numbers of gibbons at Cat Tien are high enough that it is easy enough to see them yourself without a guide. We stayed at Green Bamboo Lodge across the river (around £5/night, then £2 for park entrance each day), we could still hear the gibbons singing from there..

Tips:
- you definitely need leech socks and full length trousers. I'd wear long sleeves too, as there are masses of leeches. Our hotel provided these.
-get a map before you walk by yourself, it's very easy to get lost. I wouldn't worry too much about guided tours. The key is to remain quiet so you don't scare animals off and pay attention to sounds/distrurbance in the canopy.
- the langurs frequently hang around on the route to crocodile lake in the morning. (If you go to crocodile lake, don't expect crocodiles - there's only ~70 and the lake is huge with long grass).
- if you don't see any wild gibbons by yourself, head to near the bear sanctuary. The sanctuary has some gibbons, and the wild gibbons are fascinated by the captive ones and
come to watch them/steal their food. The wild gibbon family we saw there were incredibly low in the trees.

The primate sanctuary run by EAST on a little island was fantastic. They look after slow loris and monkeys who have been orphaned and in the pet trade. They gradually release them back into the park. Your definitely hear them singing and learn about their family grouping, colouring, etc.

The area isn't the most well off, so it's great to support sustainable tourism in the area.
Written September 7, 2018
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andydonna123
London, UK171 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Heres some great advice, get over to cat tien park early hire some bicycles and have the whole day to yourselves exploring without the time restriction of a guide.
We hired bikes 30,000 dong per hour and cycled 8km along path on our way to crocodile lake we passed the tung tree turn off, explored this got back on our bikes then at the crocodile lake bike drop off point we hiked 5km into the jungle seeing numerous monkeys along the way.
Arrived at crocodile lake, saw 4 crocs had lunch at the relaxing restaurant shack then did the return trip, stopping off at the giant tree gor pics then picked our bikes up and cycled back.
This took nearly all day because we stopped off many times to search for snakes etc but we did this in our own time.
Some friends we knew did this by guide and it was all rushed so do it yourself for a stress free day.
Written February 10, 2018
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travellight_8
Perth117 contributions
May 2018
The park itself is lovely but you need a guide to really see everything as the birds and animals are well hidden. Try to avoid having anything to do with the information office who ripped us off and provided a lacklustre service. They have no pamphlets brochures etc so so your research before you go and, if you can, hire bikes to get around. Visit the primate and bear rescue centres. A highlight for us was being there in the butterfly season.
Written June 6, 2018
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Lisa031992
The Hague, The Netherlands89 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
As 2 real Dutchies we rented mountain bikes and had a very active day in the National Park (20km cycling, 10km walking). We saw different kinds of monkeys while cycling and walking. Once at the crocodile lake we had lunch with a beautiful view at the lake and saw many crocodiles. All of this without guide! Definitely worth the trip if you want to escape the busy city life!
Written December 31, 2017
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RedHosi
Phnom Penh, Cambodia12 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Let me start with the facts.
- The staff in the park was not very helpful nor friendly.
- Everything in the park is very expensive (entrance fee, tours, ferry)
- Everything in the park is in really bad shape.
- The gibbon rescue centre was nice.

Of course you can have some interesting walks in the park and see some animals, but you really have to love nature with all its drawbacks (insects, leeches).
The park itself offers not much. Maybe the gibbon trekk is nice, but you have to stay within the park to do it.
In hindsight we should have skipped the park completely.
Written November 11, 2018
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Thomas O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands17 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
Today we have completed the long trekking to crocodile lake (1.6m vd, including park entrance, ferry fee, lunch and jeep). 09:00 am - 05:00 pm

At first we where picked up by our local guide Tai and took the ferry across the river to enter the national park. Tai instisted to wear the provided anti leech socks, since it is the end of the rain season which is perfect condition for leeches.

We drove with the jeep on the muddy roads to the entrance of the jungle trail and there we went.
Our guide Tai up front, which was pretty helpfull since the trail is actually exactly as a jungle trail should be! We saw a venomous cobra, lots of fancy birds, lots of leeches (litarally hundreds of them, so the socks were very usefull), many crocodiles at the lake and at the end of the trail monkeys jumping from tree to tree.
These monkeys were absolutely magic!

Our guide Tai was brilliant. He told a lot about his experience of the jungle, showed some spots off trail (like remote US bombs just laying in the middle of the forest) and he was very skilled in tracking the monkeys.

My best day in Vietnam, definately. Worth the money! As told before, during the wet season there are a lot of leeches, so dont take this trekking if you’re easily scared of insects. This is real jungle, no tv!

Written December 2, 2017
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