As the park can only accommodate about a hundred visitors at a time, it’s important to book ahead. Accommodation here consists of simple rooms with air-conditioning and a campsite with two-person tents for $8 a day. You can also hire vehicles and boats for travel to the park’s more remote areas, but there are few English-speaking guides. Though a dozen walking trails exist, the catch is that you need to here a jeep or pick-up to get to the start of most of them, plus a guide to go with you ($15-$25), so a day out can easily cost $40- 50. There’s also a night safari ($10), though few people spot more than a flash of deer eyes before the panicked creatures flee. Some tour operators in Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat can organize tours that include a visit to the park.
First come to Cat Tien National Park, visitors will be provided with valuable information at the eco-tourist and environmental education centre.
Cat Tien National Park can be explored on foot, by mountain bike, by jeep and also by boat along the Dong Nai River. There are several well-established hiking trails and Bau Sau is the most interesting site of the discovery trip. Those who like thrills can spend the night at the ranger's post and view the wildlife at night.
When to go ?
The best time to visit Cat Tien National Park is during the dry season from October to May. Avoid the summer as the parks biodiversity includes a large contingent of leeches that get hungry in hot humid weather.
Taking this trip, should prepare an orderly backpack, trekking boots, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, rain coat and toiletries.
People at the tourist center will deliver visitors stockings rubbed with anti-terrestrial leech repellent.