Cat Tien National Park is located around 150 kms north of Ho Chi Minh City. It consists of about 50% evergreen forest, 40% bamboo woodland and 10% farmland, wetlands and grassland. The National Park is one of Vietnams most biodiverse regions, which explains the impressive range of wildlife that can be found. Wildlife sightings can include extremely rare Javan Rhinos (only one of two populations in the world), Asian Elephants, Gaur, Sun Bears and wild Water Buffalo. Some accounts also list tigers, Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Dholes and Asiatic black bears amongst species found in the National Park. Many smaller mammal species can also be found in Cat Tien including Yellow-cheeked Gibbons, Silvered Langurs, Crab-eating Macaques, Lesser Slow Loris, as well as civets, mouse deer, and tree shrews. Cat Tien National Park is also a haven for birdwatchers with its impressive species list including White-winged Ducks, Siamese Firebacks, Great Hornbills and black eagles.
Highly recommended for those looking to get off the beaten track and have a respite from the chaotic big cities. Accommodation is somewhat basic, but considering the remote location actually quite good.