Encompassing more than 154 square miles (400 square kilometers) of an old French hill station, Bach Ma National Park (Vườn Quốc gia Bạch Mã) protects one of the most visually stunning natural areas of Central Vietnam. More than 1,400 species of plants grow in the park — a fifth of the total flora in the country — alongside 132 species of mammals and 358 species of birds. Among the rarer residents, many of them nocturnal, are the douc langur, leopard, stump-tailed macaques and Asiatic black bear.
The ruins of French resorts and villas lie scattered throughout the park, evidence of the era when French residents of Hue retreated to the cooler climes of the park during the hottest parts of the year. Well-marked trails wind through the park, and there are a few guesthouses at the summit.
March and April, when the rhododendrons begin to bloom, are two of the best months to visit Bach Ma National Park.