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Hoàng Liên National Park
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrHoàng Liên National Park is located within the Hoàng Liên Son Range which falls inside the Sapa and Phong Thổ Districts in the Lai Châu Province in Vietnam.
This park is considered as an ideal place for eco-tourism and scientific research in Vietnam. It is one of the most important forested area in Vietnam which covers a total area of 29,845 ha, which also includes the Fansipan Peak (3,143 m) of the Hoàng Liên Son mountain range.
Hoàng Liên National Park has a buffer area of 38,724 ha, which consists of some communes in the Sapa District, the Sapa town, a part of Van Ban District and also two communes in Than Uyen District that falls inside Lai Châu Province in Vietnam.
The Hoàng Liên National Park is mainly a forest area which has a diversified fauna system, and a mountainous tropical vegetation, which consists of rare species of plants which are of very high medicinal values.
What to DoTravelers venturing to this densely forested region in Vietnam are welcomed with an attractive ecotourism environment, which leaves a deep impression on the tourists.
In Hoàng Liên National Park, visitors may feel the fleeting moments of seasonal changes like spring, summer, autumn, and winter within an hour. It’s a pleasure to enjoy the sunlight through the dense foliage of leaves and the foggy mists as it falls on the lush, green carpets on the forest floor while trekking through this park.
You really feels small once you sleeps overnight in this place, merging yourself with the imposing nature of the Hoàng Liên Son range, while listening to the sounds of the impetuous waterfalls and the murmuring sounds of the streams that flows through this natural park.
Visitors to this region who are interested in village tours can also come and stay with the ethnic people of this region, accompany the hosts with their household works and then gather at the local village community hall after sundown to be a part of their cultural entertainments programs, performed by the localities.
Tourists visiting Hoàng Liên National Park can also take part in the traditional sports of this region such as archery, game of pushing the stick, or enjoy walking on stilts which are common outdoor activities in this place.
“Conquering Fansipan” which is an adventure sport in this region that consists of rock climbing and mountaineering is also enjoyed by several foreign visitors, who bag the prizes by winning this event.
Hoàng Liên National Park, which is apart of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) heritage, is undoubtedly one of the best places for adventure tourism in Vietnam.
FloraThere are around 2,000 species of plants in this bio-reserve national park, out of which 66 species of trees and plants of this national park are recorded in Vietnam’s Red Book, such as Bamboo Pine, Blue Cypress, Red Pine trees and others. Bo trees, Plum, and Azaleas trees are some of the most common plants found in this park.
Rare varieties of medicines are prepared from the Blue Cypress trees which are found in the limestone mounts of the Ban Ho Commune (Sapa), Red Pine trees of the Sapa town and the precious herbs found in the Van Sam Hoàng Liên which lies at the core area of this national park.
Apart from these plant species, there are also several varieties of ancient mushroom species that has been found in this area which are distributed in the high mountain areas of the Hoàng Liên National Park.
FaunaBeside the rich forest flora, the Hoàng Liên National Park is also a home to 66 species of mammals such as Silver Cheek Langurs, Black Gibbons, and others which are notable in this area. Out of the 66 species of mammals that are found in this wilderness, 16 species are listed in Vietnam’s Red Book.
There are approximately 347 species of birds such as the Red-Crested Pheasants, Large-Spot Eagles, and others which can be found in Hoàng Liên National Park.
Around 41 species of amphibians and 61 species of reptiles are also found in this biodiversity which includes the rare Spike Frog which is only found in this national park in Vietnam.
How to Reach Hoàng Liên National ParkThe best way to reach Hoàng Liên National Park is to take a train from Hanoi rail station and reach Lao Cai, and thereafter take one of the several buses that waits outside this rail station and reach Sapa. It takes around $ 3.00 USD or 60,000 VND to reach Sapa from Lao Cai.
One can also reach Sapa by bus from Hanoi, which costs approximately 300,000 VND.
From Sapa, one can reach the Cat Cat village and even venture deep inside Hoàng Liên National Park using Sapa as the base for the travel.
Where to StaySome of the most reliable hotels in Sapa are Sapa Graceful Hotel, Fansipan View Hotel; Khach San Hoang Ha, Green Bamboo Sapa; The Royal Hotel, Sapa Rooms and others.
SouvenirsSapa, which is located inside the Hoàng Liên National Park, is famous for its embroidery. Travelers to this place can purchase both handmade and machine-made embroidered cloths, and other items like handbags, Sapa Black Hmong Earring, embroidered purses, and several other similar gift items.
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Author: SubhasishMitra. Last updated: Feb 03, 2015