Inside Vietnam: Cambodia Laos

Nam Cat Tien National Park

Nam Cat Tien National Park, a jungle refuge for Vietnam's native large mammals, with small populations of elephants, leopards and even tigers believed to remain in the parks interior.

Nam Cat Tien National Park Map

“Vietnam is a densely populated country, but in the depths of Nam Cat Tien's buttress-rooted jungle you feel you could walk for days without seeing another person.”

Tom Weston, Director

One hundred miles to the northeast of Saigon lies one of Vietnam's most important national parks, Nam Cat Tien. The 72,000 hectares of dense lowland rainforest and grassland is home to an enormous variety of flora and fauna, and is one of the final remaining refuges for wild native populations of elephant, leopard and reputedly even tiger. Visitors to the park are highly unlikely to encounter any of these large mammals, but the wonderful bird and butterfly life, not to mention the atmospheric jungle itself, make a visit well worth the effort of getting here. 

There is a recovering population of primates also resident in the park, thanks to the efforts of local conservation groups, and treks to find them in the wild are available, though come with no guarantees. Rehabilitation and release centres for both bears and gibbons exist at the entrance to the park, and a visit is instructive in the challenge of conserving native species in a culture where the pet and bush meat trades continue to have a significant impact.

Recommended Accommodation in Nam Cat Tien National Park

The following are some of our favourite accommodation options in Nam Cat Tien National Park.

Experiences in Nam Cat Tien National Park

Nam Cat Tien National Park offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of the local culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Nam Cat Tien National Park

The Climate Guide for Nam Cat Tien National Park is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 29 30 31 32 32 31 30 30 30 29 28 28
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 19 20 22 24 23 23 23 22 22 22 21 20
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 5 6 6 6 5 4 4 5 5 4 4 5
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Heat and Humidity Discomfort Moderate Moderate High High High High High High High High Moderate Moderate
Days with some Rainfall 5 4 5 8 15 17 19 20 20 18 12 9
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 14 7 23 66 180 231 237 243 256 239 146 63
UV Index (Maximum) 11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 10