Primate Watching

The red-shanked douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) is a species of Old World monkey, among the most colourful of all primates. This monkey is sometimes called the "costumed ape" for its extravagant appearance. From its knees to its ankles it sports maroon-red "stockings", and it appears to wear white forearm length gloves. Its attire is finished with black hands and feet. The golden face is framed by a white ruff, which is considerably fluffier in males. The eyelids are a soft powder blue. The tail is white with a triangle of white hair at the base. Males of all ages have a white spot on both sides of the corners of the rump patch, and red and white genitals.

The Hatinh langur (Trachypithecus hatinhensis) is a highly threatened Old World monkey found in limestone forests in Vietnam, primarily in the Quảng Bình Province. A recent survey discovered a small population living in the Quảng Trị Province. Contrary to its name, it is not known from the Hà Tĩnh Province. The local Van Kieu minority refer to this lutung as the 'Con Cung', which roughly translates as "black, cliff-dwelling monkey with a long tail". It resembles the closely related François' langur (T. francoisi), but its white cheek-stripes typically extend behind the ears onto the nape (there are significant individual variations, however), and the overall black colour is non-glossy and has a brownish tinge.

Phong Nha - Ke Bang is the home for 10 species of primates including macaques, loris, gibbon and langur and covers 50% primate species in Vietnam; 07 species listed in the Vietnam red Book and 03 species are globally listed endangered ( Hatinh langur; Red-shanked douc langur and Siki gibbon).
We have worked on a few projects related to the Primates in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park and we have good knowledge about the species in this park. A day out with our team to watch the primates could be an option for you in Phong Nha.

Come with us for an amazing experience!

Price: 1.800.000 VND/each. Min: 02 pax - Max: 06 pax

The Hatinh langur and Red-shanked Douc langur are two of ten primate species and they are the endemic ones in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park. There are good chances from April to August to watch these langurs in the wild by joining our team. To be able to watch both these langurs, the tour has to start very early in the morning and late afternoon to adapt their feeding time and behaviors. You will find this trip as a great chance to observe the famous creatures in our region and see the beautiful landscape at the park. If you are a big fan of primate, come and join us! 


The tour will have a gap from about 09:30 to 15:00, so you can do some activities by yourselves or you can ask to add to visit the caves with our team to fullfil the day if you request. Besides that, there is possibility that you might not see the animals as expected, so please aware of this potential issue.

Tour Itinerary

  • 04:30:                Start at Hotel
  • 05:15:                 Arrive at the watching spot in the National Park
  • 05:30 - 08:30: Watch the Red-shanked Douc Langur 
  • 08:30 - 09:15: Transport back to town to have a break or visit the caves if required (extra activity) 
  • 15:30 - 16:15:   Transport to the watching point to see the Hatinh Langur
  • 16:30 - 18:00: Find and watch the Hatinh langur
  • 18:00 - 18:45: Transport back to Hotel and tour ends 

What to bring?

Suncream, sun-glasses, insect repellent, hat, camera, binocular if have got, personal stuffs

What included?

English speaking guide, transportation, binocular, entrance fees, water

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