Cat Ba National Park is an important national park in northern Vietnam. Cat Ba is situated in Halong Bay, is administered by the city of Hai Phong, and belongs to the Cat Hai District of Hai Phong.
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Rich natural habitats
Cat Ba National Park supports a diversity of natural habitats, including forested hills, small freshwater lakes, freshwater swamp forest, mangroves, sandy beaches and coral reefs. The main natural vegetation type on Cat Ba Island is limestone forest. To date, 839 vascular plant species have been recorded at the national park, including 25 species listed in the Red Data Book of Vietnam. Cho dai tree that can be found in the old forest is endangered species named in the Red Book, the only other in the world where we can find this tree is Himalaya mountain.
Cat Ba National Park is home to 20 species of mammals, 69 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and species of amphibians, species of 11 frogs. Particularly, the rarest animals in the world that can only be found in Viet Nam are Vooc (white faced monkeys). Another strange is Ma Tien fruit, a toxic fruit, if a person eats Ma Tien he will die immediately, but the white-faced Vooc can eat both leaf and fruit to feed themselves.
Trekking in Cat Ba national park
Most of the islets dotting Cat Ba National Park are covered with vegetation, although there are sheer limestone cliffs where hardly anything grew. Nonetheless, it is not uncommon to see tenacious shrubs clinging to those otherwise barren cliffs, and on occasion, we even saw mountain goats and monkeys on the cliffs.