Many tourists choose to target Cat Ba National Park to explore and learn about its ecological diversity and lots of interests inside the age-old green sites, including Kim Giao forest in Cat Ba. Together with Ngu Lam Peak, Kim Giao Forest establishes an attractive 3km tourist trail for people to admire Nature as well as completing memorable adventures.
Ngu Lam Peak – Kim Giao Forest Tourist Trail
Most Cat Ba Tours include Ngu Lam Peak – Kim Giao Forest tourist trail in the itinerary that can appeal to nature lovers, mountain climbers, trekkers, or those that just simply want a challenging walk amid the pristine greenness. In particular, this trail is 3km and not easy for somebody. To conquer the 3km trail, it takes around 3-4 hours and requires high assertion to reach the target. People will need to get through the small path challenged by rocks and slippery and humid road. Nonetheless, this does not discourage the tourists who want to a sense of victory and mingle with magnificent Nature.
First of all, it takes around 15 or 20 minutes to trek from Cat Ba National Park to Kim Giao forest. Trekking for the first 500m, you will approach the spacious botanical garden, home to more than 1.500 species of plants protected in the National Park. Step by step, you get to Kim Giao forest (its scientific name is Nageia fleuryi), just marvel at the straight, big, and age-old trees. The whole area functions like a peaceful and poetic garden or an ideal stop for all to meditate on life meanings. Take time learning about this species of conifer in the family Podocarpaceae! It’s easy to notice a tree up to 30m tall, with a pyramidal crown. You might even listen to the songs of the wind and tree leaves. And if you go with a tour guide, listen to a true love story of “Mr. Kim” and “Ms. Giao.”
Trekking on, the further you go, the closer you get to Ngu Lam Peak. At the height of 225m, Ngu Lam Peak will treat you with the wonderful panorama of the whole green landscape of Cat Ba as well as the fresh air. It is the perfect picture of Nature that convinces you of the praiseworthy adventure and that your effort is well-rewarded. The ranges of mountains covered by trees will look like the green pyramids from the peak and the view seems to be infinite. The feeling of successfully conquering Nature will make your trip more meaningful and memorable. KIm Giao forest trekking tour is also included in Azalea Cruise Lan Ha Bay itinerary.
Things to Do in Kim Giao Forest in Cat Ba Island
Some of you might ask what to do in Kim Giao Forest upon your arrival after the 3km trekking, so here are some ideas.
- Rest in the big shade of the green foliage
- Listen to the songs of the wind and the leaves
- Enjoy the summer choir of cicada family
- Get to know the true love story for the name “Kim Giao”
- Take photos of forest and natural elements
- Inhale the freshest air ever
- Record videos about the green landscape
- Continue trekking to reach Ngu Lam Peak of 225m high. Please note that the higher you climb, the more challenging the road is, with a slippery and narrow path just enough for one person to move. After around 2 hours of climbing, you will access the top of the mountain. From this peak, spread the eyes as far as you like for a panorama of the entire Cat Ba National Park.
All in all, Kim Giao forest has untouched beauty and peaceful atmosphere to please everybody that loves nature and adventure. This is also a nice site to see beside Lan Ha Bay.
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