Love wildlife, trekking and tropical rainforests? Cát Tiên National Park in south Vietnam should be your next stop.

The UNESCO-listed park –which  is rarely visited by Western tourists – is home to 362 bird species, hundreds of butterflies, forna, singing gibbons, crocodiles, bears and even elephants.

Cat Tien National Park - The Rapids - PHOTOThe park itself covers 71,920 Hectares (278 square miles) of lowland forest and swamp. It’s surrounded by the Dong Nai River, which in itself is absolutley stunning.

What to do at Cat Tien National Park

There are countless tours, treks and activities at Cát Tiên National Park.

You can watch gibbons wake up at dawn and hear their morning chorus; you can trek to Crocodile Lake (200,000 vd entrance fee); or hire bikes (150,000 vd for the day) and ride through lush rainforest and bumpy roads. (Top tip: road test the bikes and get the tyres pumped up before you leave!)

The Giant Tung Tree - Cat Tien National Park - PHOTO - Fabulous Travel Guide

You can also visit the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre (200,000 VD) and see rescued bears, gibbons, wild pigs and even a Vietnamese leopard named Lucy.

So if you’re into tranquility, bird watching and wildlife, this is a must-do for travellers! It’s also the perfect time to go as there are surprisingly few tourists here.

Visitng the park is free but the tours can be expensive and little ferry across to the island is 40,000 return.