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Rice Terrace

Pu Luong Nature Reserve was discovered short time ago as a great travel destination for multiple day trips from Hanoi. Trekking into forest through different villages to experience the local life, take in the beauty of rich green filled limestone mountain, and rice terrace. Pu Luong Nature Reserve is a mong a few of the “off the beaten path” places near Hanoi that received recommendations from travelers recently. Let’s find out what to do and what it cost for a tour to Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

What is Pu Luong Nature Reserve and Where is it?

Pu Luong Nature Reserve was established in 1999, it is approximately 180km South West of Vietnam’s Capital, Hanoi. Being a nature reserve with a total area of 176.62 kilometers square and ¾ o f the nature reserve is primarily tropical forest. Pu Luong Nature Reserve is also living place of ethnic Muong and Thai people. In local Thai language, Pu Luong means village of bamboo forest.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve Map
Pu Luong Nature Reserve Map for tourists

You will see a very big Pu Luong Nature Reserve Map on the way you travel to Pu Luong. This is for local people who want to enjoy Pu Luong by themselves or backpackers who want to go here by motorbike. For most of the tourists, this map is not really helpful and you should have a tour guide with you to help you explore this big area.

How to travel from Hanoi to Pu Luong Nature Reserve?

From Hanoi to Pu Luong, we have the bus to go every morning around 7.30 am that pick you up from your hotel in the Old Quarter for the price $10/person/way. Or you can also call some local bus companies that offer the trip from Hanoi to Pu Luong with the same price but more options for departure time.

Hanoi to Pu Luong Transportation

The return time is around 15.00 from Pu Luong or Mai Chau and you will arrive back to Hanoi around 8.00 pm. Our bus will drop you at your hotel in the Old Quarter.

What to do in Pu Luong?

There are many activities that you can do in Pu Luong. A list for a few activities below:

Kayaking and Bamboo Rafting in Cham River

Bamboo Rafting

Summer  is the best time for kayaking and rafting in Cham River. You can appreciate wonderful landscapes in a slow rhythm and understand local farming life along the river’s banks.

Trekking in Pu Luong

Trekking in Mai Chau

Pu Luong is a brand new place for an adventure and ecotourism tour in Vietnam that overtakes Sapa, Mu Cang Chai, and Ha Giang recently. For an adventurous tourist, you can spend a multi-day trip to trek around lesser-known trails and explore rustic ethnic villages: Don Village, Uoi Village, Kho Muong Village, and Hieu Village.

Taking photos of beautiful rice field in Pu Luong

Rice terrace in Pu Luong

Northern Vietnam is an ideal place for a photography tour. Photographers will be thrilled since they can capture the unique landscape that they cannot find anywhere else. Pu Luong will never disappoint you with blue sky, pristine nature, and colorful ethnic culture. Don’t just focus on natural landscapes; ingenuous ethnic people will make your photos more soulful.

Cycling around ethnic villages

Cycling

With many biking trails, Pu Luong enables travelers to discover the town in its most authentic way. Idyllic valleys, unique terraced rice fields, and romantic mountains are the rewards for eager cyclists. Moreover, you can see Thai and Muong farmers plowing with their water buffalos when you are on a bike. Travelers will be thrilled at spectacular waterwheels which are used to move water to the rice fields. Cycling is a perfect activity for your family holiday in Vietnam.

Where to stay in Pu Luong?

There are more and more accomodation in Pu Luong for you to choose now. To enjoy the best view for you, we recommend for you to choose some Pu Luong Hillside Lodge like Pu Luong Eco Garden, Pu Luong retreat. Of course, these places come with higher prices than normal homestay. These homestay are easy to find in some village nearby like Kho Muong village, Nua Village, Kit Village or Hieu Village. On the hand, staying in the homestay is a best way to sink yourselves into the rich culture of Vietnam.

Double room with private balcony
A Room with great view to enjoy Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Best time to travel Pu Luong

Basically, you can visit Pu Luong anytime a year. However, if you wish to take beautiful photos of lush rice terraces, February – May and September – November are the best times to travel to this town. The weather is also pleasant at these time with the average temperature of 15-20 degrees Celsius.

Infinity Pool in Pu Luong
A beautiful day with Blue sky

What to bring for your Pu Luong trip?

  • Appropriate clothing: light clothing for summer and warm clothing for winter.
  • A high-quality pair of shoes
  • Sun protection items: sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, etc.
  • Mosquito repellent spray
  • Trekking gears
  • Camera

Consider taking a tour to Pu Luong

There are not so many tour operators for Pu Luong. This is a actually good for you since it will keep the place more quiet and more authentic unlike Sapa. Also, it’s easier for you to choose a tour for you since it’s easier to choose from fewer options. A tour to Pu Luong normally around 2-3 days with transfer and accommodation included in the price. In a Pu Luong tour, customers can experience all the activities above included cycling in Pu Luong village, trekking in Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Bamboo Rafting in Cham River or swimming in Hieu Waterfall when you go for 3 days options.

Hieu-waterfall
Hieu Waterfall

These activities are all included in the price for you with meals as well. Therefore it will be more comfortable and relaxing for you when you just need to focus in enjoying the place. Don’t have to worry too much about where to stay and what to eat knowing that there a really limited restautants to choose in Pu Luong.

                Beside that you from Pu Luong, you also able to visit Ninh Binh in your next destination and you don’t have to comeback to Hanoi. This is actually very comfortable for you if you don’t have many days in Vietnam.

We hope these information will be helpful for you to enjoy your trip in Pu Luong. Let’s us know if you need further information for your Pu Luong trip or another destination in Vietnam!

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