Busy, crowded, and often overlooked as a holiday destination as few people realise that there is more to Vietnam than chaotic, overcrowded cities. The country is a tropical paradise containing lush forests inhabited by a range of exotic animals and many of the large forested regions remain virtually unexplored due to their relative inaccessibility. Many of these regions are being converted into national parks in a bid to preserve the plants and animals that inhabit them and to increase the country’s appeal as a tourist destination.
The Phu Quoc National Park is a large park located in Phu Quoc Island in the Mekong River Delta Region of Vietnam. Originally called the Northern Phu Quoc Island Preservation Zone, it was upgraded to national park status in 2001 by the then prime minister of the country. The park spans over three hundred square kilometres, which is roughly half the island’s entire area, and includes both land and ocean areas. The park mostly occupies the northern quadrant of Phu Quoc Island, although the exact boundaries are not well defined. The national park is still under development although it remains accessible to the public.
There are a limited number of trails suitable for walking. A relatively good trail is located some five kilometres from the Ganh Dau village. The path is marked by a signpost and is difficult to miss. There are several other paths under development including one to Mount Chua, which at a height of six hundred metres, is the tallest point in the entire park. Tourists interested in exploring the park can also rent a motorbike to cover more ground. The most accessible areas are found near the Ganh Dau village.
There are over a thousand different species of plants including twelve which are quite rare. Nature lovers should also keep an eye out for the twenty three different species of orchids found here. There are around 208 different species of animals, a sizeable portion of which are endangered. Rare and protected species include the silver langur, the dugong (ocean area) and hornbills. Tourists may find it easier to sign up with a company that conducts tours of the park.
While it is easy to find a good Vietnam hotel, tourists who want to escape the crowds should consider staying at a resort in Mui Ne, a town located along the southern coast. Anantara Mui Ne Resort & Spa is an excellent option one will find here. It is located by the sea and is a haven of peace and tranquillity.