Bach Ma National Park
Bach Ma National Park covers an area of about 22,000 ha in the districts of Phu Loc and Nam Dong. It was created in 1991 to protect the centre of the last corridor of forest stretching from the South China Sea to the Annamite mountain range at the border with the Lao PDR. With steep mountains and dense forests this area is home to a wide variety of animals and plants.
At the base of the mountains there is tropical monsoon forest, above 900m sub-tropical forest. There are species from both northern and southern Vietnam, and Bach Ma is recognized as one of the areas of Indochina with high biodiversity. Bach Ma mountain peak is the highest point in the park at 1450 m above sea level and is only 18 km away from the coast.
When to go?
Although Bach Ma National Park is located in the warmer southern region of the country, the park’s altitude renders it 7 degrees cooler than the surrounding lowland areas. Temperatures in December and January can be quite cool with around 15 degree centigrade.
The hottest months of the year are from May to August. The altitude does not, however, protect the park from high levels of humidity or an exorbitant amount of rainfall. The weather conditions in the park area can change very quickly, in the morning being sunny changing to cloudy with heavy rain in the afternoon. Because of the proximity of the sea there are often strong winds.
The wet season drenches the park from September to December while March and April are the driest months. The time in February is famous for the red Rhododendron simsii blossoms, well worth discovering and exploring with dry weather and still favorable temperatures. Most people visit Bach Ma in summer to escape the heat, and the park is particularly busy during weekends in June, July and August.
How to get to Bach Ma National Park?
Bach Ma National Park is relatively easily accessible from Hue (40 km), Da Nang (65 km) and Hoi An (90 km). The park headquarters and entrance is about three km from the small town of Cau Hai, where the park road meets National Route 1. There are frequent buses (both local and tourist) from Hue and Da Nang, and there is a railway station in Cau Hai. Private motorcycle taxis can take you for a small fee from Cau Hai to the park’s entrance.