Pu Luong Reserve Nature is stretching between Mai Chau and Cuc Phuong National Park. The region benefits of rich forest , breathtaking scenery , limestone mountains , no end rice fields terraces and high variety of fauna and flora.
Travelling to Pu Luong on the tours of Vietnam is perfect for the nature lovers wishing to escape the bustle of city life and see imposing mountain ranges, intact rivers and waterfalls, poetic villages, and immense valleys of beautiful terraced rice fields. Plus, a tour of a less-visited place like Pu Luong makes it possible to get off-the-beaten-path and appreciate the remote life and taste the local cuisine.
The Pu Luong region gives the perfect opportunity to get to know authentic Vietnam with its remote region and friendly and kind-hearted local ethnic-minority Muong and Thai that have their own interesting cultures and lifestyles.
Pu Luong and its nature reserve is slowly gaining favour in the region and starting to see more tourist attention over the otherwise most famous destinations in the north, such as Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Mai Chau, and Sapa.
Weather in Pu Luong
The terraced fields are popular and quite beautiful in Pu Luong valley and to appreciate this region at its most beautiful, you want to travel at the right time of the year. The best time to travel to Pu Luong is between February to May and September to November when the rice harvest season is taking place. This is the time to fully appreciate the multi-layer terraced fields and lush-green landscape that will certainly give the breathtaking photographic moments. Plus, the weather is pleasant at this time of year with a temperature range in the region of 15-30° C. The warmest time is from June to September with highs of up to 38° C, while winter (November-February) can be chilly and cold.
Getting there :
The travel distance from Hanoi to Pu Luong is about 150 km. A daily limousine bus is departing from the old quarter every morning around 7.30am and arrive in Pu Luong around 1pm. The Limousine stops on the way to a local market at the impressive Thung Khe pass > you can find informations here
Second option will be to hire a private car. The trip will last around 4 hours.
For people already in Mai Chau , they can catch the limousine bus around 12pm to reach Pu Luong or take a Moto taxi.
A trip to Pu Luong Nature Reserve is a popular 2 or 3-day tour destination for the traveler based in Hanoi who are looking to escape the city life for the peaceful limestone landscape in the countryside with its high biodiversity value, cultural interests and outstanding beauty. A trekking tour gives the opportunity to explore the rice paddy fields and lush forests. Trekking in Pu Luong is the main interest as it allows some stops at several of the small and beautiful villages and give time to appreciate the stunning terrace fields in Kia, Kho Muong, and Hang villages. Also, this type of tour often includes to spend an overnight in a homestay with a local family for a most authentic experience.
Pu Luong is one of the best places for the off-the-beaten-path adventure that is relatively close to Hanoi and makes it possible to see the most authentic side of Vietnam.
Where to stay :
Pu Luong can offer different range of accommodations. The most popular is the local homestay run by a local family. Pu Luong Home is the perfect example. In this homestay , some comfortable dorms are available in a stilt house. You can also choose one of the 6 Private rooms with shared bathroom. For those eager to get a more comfortable place , 4 bungalows with a terrace offering a beautiful view on the valley are now ready to welcome travellers.
On a higher standard , Pu Luong Retreat offers cosy bungalows at a higher rates.
Everybody can find a suitable room according to their budget or desire.
Things to do in Pu Luong
Once you arrive in Pu Luong, there are plenty of not-to-be-missed experiences, including:
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Pu Luong is certain to appeal to tourists looking to relax among nature and explore the mysterious beauty in this evergreen region of Vietnam. Walk along the mountain ranges, cross the streams and see the immense fields that create the pristine landscape that is perfect for capturing the photographic memories. Plus, there are plenty of scenic routes to follow on the trekking expedition. From the easy trekking to discover the cultural traditions to the hard and long trekking deep in the Reserve to admire beauty of mother nature , you will be surprised by the friendliness and warmth of local people.
For the travelers that simply want to relax, Pu Luong can be your stress-free retreat. The local harmonious and pure atmosphere is perfect to simply lay back and relax. Whether it is walking in harmony with nature, sunbathing, swimming in a pool or in the river or fishing, there are plenty of things to do to feel relaxed and comfortable.
Two main places are available to refresh yourself in the water. You can swim in the Cham stream. Some parts are not deep and the water is clean.
The second option will be to reach Hieu Waterfall. You can join one of the group tour to trek until the waterfall or get a private car.
Various activities : Other activities can be organised on demand such as fishing , farming or cooking class with a family.