Cat Tien National Park has a total area of ‚Äč‚Äč70,548ha, located on the territory of three provinces including Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc. The Head office of the National Park is located on Tan Phu, Dong Nai and 150 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City along the Highway 20.
The park has a variety of natural landscape including hills, river alluvial ground and the steep flows.. In the rainy season the gentle streams turn into the waterfalls with white water pours over the large rocks. The winding sections of the waterfalls create wide golden sand-banks like natural beaches.
The flora of Cat Tien National Park has more than 1,362 species of vascular plants, more than 440 species of precious wood, hundreds of medicinal plants, 133 species of orchids and many ancient trees such as lagerstroemia speciosa trees, red-black trees.. In accordance with that, the fauna has 62 species of mammals, 121 species of insects, 208 species of birds, valuable and rare birds such as peacock, pheasant, tragopan temminckii, gruiformes, chlamydia trachomatis..
The two indigenous communities in Cat Tien National Park are Ma and S'tieng with bold traditional living, a treasure of cultural characteristics such as buffalo stabbing festival, ancient tales, the traditional instruments attached to the cultural life and spirituality..
With such potentials, the community tourism can be considered as an effective way to contribute to poverty eradication at the local help reduce stress and dependence on the natural resources and help people to raise awareness about environmental protection and contribute to landscape and national cultural identity preservation.
With the current situation, the craft traditions of the peoples living in the area such as weaving, knitting, baskets.. gradually eroded, the restoring the crafts to produce products for souvenirs is not only an important contribution to preserving traditional crafts but also create incomes for ethnic minorities.
In the framework of projects for development of eco-tourism in the Protected Areas of Vietnam launched by the WWF in the 2008, the reception house for community tourists was inaugurated on 15 february 2012 at Ta Lai Commune, Tan Phu, Dong Nai Province. The house has an area of 125m2 and is built entirely with environmentally friendly materials such as bamboo, wood, leaves embankments.. The work is the result of the community workings such as Ma, S'tieng, Tay with experts in tourism of Vietnam WWF. This is a good precondition for development and expansion of eco-tourism activities associated with conservation and improvement livelihoods for people living in and around protected areas.
World Wildlife Fund for Nature is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world of nature protection. In recent years, the organization has supported Vietnam in numerous projects related to the protection of animals, plants, forests, landscapes, water, soil and natural resources.
The number of tourists arrivals to Cat Tien National Park increasing everyday, confirms the effectiveness of the projects that WWF has made. It's a good premise for WWF-Vietnam to grow and expand eco-tourism activities associated with conservation and improvement of livelihoods for people living in and around protected areas.