Exploring Pu Luong and its authentic village
Don Village, the heart of Pu Luong Nature Reserve’s tourist hub, is a charming small village that attracts visitors with its stunning natural surroundings. It’s like a hidden gem that’s easy to reach and offers breathtaking views of rice fields and mountains. While the village has grown, it still keeps its traditional charm. There are now more places to stay, like homestays and hotels, but it’s not as busy as other places like SAPA. Don Village has simple houses on stilts and a peaceful countryside atmosphere. It might seem like it’s becoming too popular, but it’s actually not crowded with lots of shops or big buildings. They follow rules, so no building can have more than two floors. It still feels like a peaceful village lost in untouched nature.
Getting to Don Village:
If you’re in Hanoi, you can take a bus that leaves at 7 am from Hanoi Opera House. It’s a good idea to book a hotel pickup when you arrive in Don Village. If you have your own car, taxi, or motorbike, you can follow our guide to get to Pu Luong and then Don Village.
Best Time exploring Pu Luong:
The weather is nice all year round. From March to November, you’ll see the beautiful rice fields during two harvests. Depending on when you visit, the fields might be shiny and reflective, lush green, or golden. Even in winter, when the rice fields are resting, the mountains covered in jungle and tropical forests still offer amazing views.
Things to Do in Don Village:
Exploring Pu Luong starting from Don Village. It’s where our guided tours start. You can choose from motorbike, cycling, or trekking tours. Here are some fun things you can do in Don Village:
Trekking: Walk around the stunning rice terraces. You can explore on your own or join our guided tours to discover hidden spots. The trek from Don Village to Ui hamlet is really beautiful.
Climb Pu Luong Peak: Start your mountain adventure after a short walk to the main road. Trek through the bamboo forest and reach the top of Pu Luong, which is 1700m high.
Cycling: Don Village is a good place for cycling. We offer exciting half-day and full-day cycling tours.
Cooking Classes: Spend time with a local family and learn how to make delicious local dishes like banana flower salad or papaya salad.
Farming Activities: Depending on the season, you can join local farmers in the rice fields and experience their hard work.
Motorbike Exploration: Rent a motorbike and explore Pu Luong. Don Village is a great starting point for your adventure.
Relaxation: Enjoy the fantastic views of rice fields from your balcony, restaurant, or swimming pool. Have a cup of tea, coffee, or a glass of wine while watching the sunrise or sunset.
Where to Stay in Don Village:
You’ll find a range of places to stay in Don Village. From dorms to high-end bungalows, there’s something for everyone. Here are some recommended places to stay in Don Village:
- Pu Luong Retreat: A great hotel with beautiful views of rice paddies from the infinity pools and terraces. At the entrance of the village, on the upper side of the village, the view is heaven overlooking the rice paddies, either from the infinity swimming pools (they have two) or from your terrace. Different categories of rooms decorated with eco-friendly and local materials. Our first choice!
- Pu Luong Home: Offers bungalows with wonderful Reserve views.
- Pu Luong Valley Home: New place with nice bungalows and a pool with a great view.
- Pu Luong Luna: Hidden on a hillside, this hotel offers comfy bungalows, a pool, and a restaurant with local flavors.
You can also try traditional homestays in Don Village. Feel free to ask us for suggestions. Remember, all the hotels we mentioned have different options for rooms and bungalows.
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