May 30, 2018
IN THE WORLD OF ENDANGERED PRIMATES
Written By vicky nguyen
According to the list in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group (IUCN/SSC PSG), the International Primatological Society (IPS), and Conservation International (CI), there are 25 of the world’s most endangered primates, of which Vietnam has 6 species of langurs, 4 species of gibbons and 1 species of macaque. 4 of those are endemic to Vietnam and maybe wiped out in the next decades if Vietnam government and natural organizations don’t have real actions to protect them. In the World of Endangered Primates brings you a chance to watch those langurs in the wild, study about their habitats, food, habits, especially their main threats, so we can contribute our effort in protecting those lovely creatures.
BEST TIME TO GO: FEBRUARY TO SEPTEMBER
Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City – Arrival
Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, you are welcomed by our guide and transferred to downtown. Check in to your hotel and relax after a long-haul flight. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Day 2: Ho Chi Minh City – Nam Cat Tien National Park (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will depart from your hotel to Cat Tien National Park. This park is 120 km (75 miles) from Ho Chi Minh City, and contains the largest remaining area of lowland tropical forest in southern Vietnam and an incredible diversity of mammals and birds. Cat Tien is home to three of Vietnam’s endangered primates–the Black-shanked Douc Langur, Silvered Langur and Buff-cheeked Gibbon. Walk in the park and in the evening, you will take a night safari by jeep to see Muntiacus muntjak, a species endemic to Vietnam. Overnight at Cat Tien National Park.
Day 3: Nam Ca Tien National Park (B/L/D)
Early morning, you will track down the park’s rare primates and visit a primate rescue center at Tien Island. Other mammals that can be found here include Leopard Cat, Yellow-throated Marten, Crab-eating Mongoose, Lesser Mousedeer, Sambar, Gaur and the very secretive and nocturnal Pygmy Loris.
Enjoy the peace of the park, and wander among its nature. Late afternoon, ride bicycles to the grasslands and watch tower at 4pm – 8pm. Overnight at Cat Tien National Park.
Day 4: Crocodile Lake on foot and more cycling (B/L/D)
See more of the park including trekking to the Crocodile Lake, 5km trek from the park centre. Visit Bat Cave and Crocodile lake. Ride bicycles at night to look for the slow loris. Overnight in the park.
Day 5: Nam Cat Tien – Ho Chi Minh City – Danang by flight (B)
There is time for some early morning wildlife watching at Cat Tien National Park before departing for Ho Chi Minh City around 10:00 in good time to take the mid-afternoon flight to Danang. Upon arrival, meet our wildlife guide and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at Danang.
Day 6: Danang – Son Tra Peninsula – Phong Nha National Park (B)
A morning at Son Tra Nature Reserve to search for one of Asia’s most beautiful primates, the Red-shanked Douc Langur before heading 350km (218 miles) to Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, 6 hours drive to the north. Arrive in the late afternoon and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
Day 7: Phong Nha National Park (B/L/D)
A full day to enjoy the wonderful limestone karst landscape of Phong Nha where the main target species is the range-restricted Ha Tinh Langur. Overnight at Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
Day 8: Phong Nha – Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Van Long Area (B/L)
Today you will be free until driving to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Upon arrival, meet our driver and head south to Ninh Binh, 2hrs drive. Upon arrival, meet our wildlife guide from Cuc Phuong National Park and row a sampan on Van Long Natural Reserve area, searching for the Delacour’s Langur. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 9: Ninh Binh – Van Long Area – Hanoi (B)
Meet our guide early morning and proceed to Van Long Area again. A morning at Van Long Nature Reserve to enjoy the beautiful scenery and marvel at the Delacour’s Langur. Return to Hanoi late afternoon and overnight in Hanoi.
Day 10: Hanoi – Departure (B)
After breakfast, you will be free in Hanoi until meet our driver and proceed to the airport for your departure flight.
:>> Our prices include:
> Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room
> Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver
> The services of an experienced English-speaking guide throughout the tour (please note: guides will be on hand from pick-up until guests’ return to their hotel or reaching their destination)
> Domestic flights Ho Chi Minh City – Danang, Quang Binh – Hanoi, including airport taxes
> Where necessary, entry fees and boat fee all visits mentioned in the program
> Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available
> VAT and other taxes
:>> Our prices do not include:
> International flight tickets and airport tax
> Vietnamese Visa handling and stamp fee
> Dinners, except as specified above
> Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
> Camera fees (if any)
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