Pu Mat biosphere reserve to charge entry fees

By Hoang Phong   February 21, 2019 | 06:06 am PT
Pu Mat biosphere reserve to charge entry fees
The pristine beauty of Kem Waterfall inside Pu Mat National Park in Nghe An Province. Photo by Shutterstock/minhthanh
The Pu Mat National Park will start collecting entrance fees for several locations to help maintain the biosphere.

Tran Xuan Cuong, director of the national park in the central province of Nghe An, said locals and foreign tourists will have to pay VND10,000 ($0.43) for an entry ticket starting this year.

Those who want to visit the spectacular Kem Waterfalls, considered one of the most beautiful in Vietnam, will be charged VND30,000 ($1.3) per person.

A trekking tour through the Khe Choang, Khe Thoi and Khe Khang forests would costs them VND50,000 per person.

Around 300 kilometers (190 miles) south of Hanoi, Pu Mat National Park is part of the Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve, one of six areas in Vietnam recognized as world biosphere reserves by UNESCO.

The park remains most unspoiled by human hands, and nature lovers are drawn to it. Covering over 91,000 hectares in the districts of Cuong Duong, Con Cuong and Anh Son, the park is home to nearly 900 flora, 240 mammal, around 140 bird, 25 reptile and 15 amphibian species.

The world's largest community of the northern white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys), about 450 individuals, is believed to reside in Pu Mat National Park.

Trekking is the ideal way to experience the park. Apart from enjoying the closest proximity to nature, a trekking tour will also pass through ethnic minority villages.

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