Pu Luong in Vietnam: Questions and Answers

Pu Luong in Vietnam is a natural reserve which is located in the north-west of the Hanoi capital. Created in 1999, the area of Pu Luong is 17 662 hectares of which there are 13,320 hectares strictly protected and 4343 hectares are reserved for ecological restoration. Pu Luong is considered as the nature reserve which has great tourist, scientific, socio-economic and ecological values.

Pu Luong in Vietnam

Pu Luong with terraced rice fields, pristine mountains, the villages of wooden houses on stilts nestled in the foothills is a promising region for travelers having passion for exploration.

This natural reserve has the flora and fauna which are rich in number and species with 598 species of animals, including 51 rare species (including 26 species of mammals, 5 species of bats, 6 species of birds, 5 species freshwater fish, 6 species of reptiles)...

About vertebrates, a report said that: Pu Luong has totally 84 species of mammals (including 24 species of bats), 162 species of birds, 55 species of fish, 28 species of reptiles and 13 species of amphibians. Pu Luong has at least 158 ​​species of butterflies, 96 species of terrestrial mollusks, including 12 species of endemic mollusks. Clouded leopard, leopard, deer, bear, chamois and primate live there ... Below, there are our travel experiences in Pu Luong.

Pu Luong in Vietnam in what season? 

Pu Luong has two best times that travelers cannot ignore: There are the rice season.

- In May, June: These are the times when Pu Luong begins a new cultivation of rice with water of the monsoon. The entire natural reserve is covered by the tender, peaceful, relaxing color green... of terraced rice fields, pristine rainforests. But, in fact, it's rather warm but of course it’s less hot in comparison to the plains thanks to it lush vegetation and low population density.

- In September and October: these two months are the times when the rice in Pu Luong is ripe. All rice terraces are transformed into golden yellow color suddenly and impressively. Pu Luong becomes rich, prosperous with the dreamy and romantic beauty. This is also the time when "the paradise in the middle of the jungle" attracts more explorers.

Still, with the open space, clean and pure air and the hospitality of the local people ... you can go to Pu Luong in all seasons of the year.

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How to go to Pu Luong?

Pu Luong is easily accessible by car and motorcycle. Note that this natural resrve still has the clay dirt roads. There is little gas station. So it is wise to fill the tank...

- If you go Pu Luong from Hanoi by having a break in Mai Chau: You take direction: Hanoi - Xuan Mai - Luong Son - Hoa Binh - Mai Chau - Co Luong - Pu Luong. If not, you can go directly from Hanoi: Xuan Mai - Ho Chi Minh Trail - Cam Thuy - Canh Nang - Route 15 C - 10 km - Pu Luong.

- If you come from the south of Hanoi, follow direction: Thanh Hoa - Ho Chi Minh Trail - Cam Thuy - Canh Nang - Route 15 C - 10 km - Pu Luong.

How to stay in Pu Luong?

Pu Luong in Vietnam is a natural reserve. Tourism activities are organized here mainly by the local inhabitants. Therefore, there are only local people's houses and some local guesthouses. We show you some families who arranged their houses to accommodate travelers.

In the village of Kho Muong:

Mr. Nech: phone: 0373.8.690.293 or 0945,801,124

Mr. Nam: 01694.904.372 or 0373.8.677.922

Mr.Thanh Tuan: 0945801224

In the village of Nua:

Mr. Hoang: 0127.99.73.969

Mr. Minh: 0125.755.0703

In the village of Kit 1:

Mr. Thao: 01672.494.42

+ Note: All residents in Pu Luong do not speak the foreign language. So it is better to have a local guide. In addition, the villages can be easily changed depending on weather, physical conditions and availability. We can also rent local bikes if you are tired when trekking in Pu Luong natural reserve.

What are the dishes you should taste in Pu Luong?

Pu Luong is not like modern destinations. Meals here are prepared and served by the families in the houses where you spend the night. The owners of the Thai and Muong people will celebrate your presence with mountain delicious dishes such as: local chicken, stream snails, bamboo shoots, forest vegetables, rice cooked in bamboo, salad made of wild banana flower, grilled duck, local pork, rice wine ... These products are growth at the farm by the inhabitants themselves. These are also the dishes not to be missed during your stay in Pu Luong.

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What are the interests of tourism in Pu Luong?

Pu Luong is located in north-west of Vietnam which belongs to two districts of Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc in Thanh Hoa province. This natural reserve which keep the rich values ​​of the natural landscape, the diverse flora and fauna, is ideal for travelers having sense of exploring nature by living differently. The main activities of tourism in Pu Luong are treks of 2 days, 3 days, 4 days...

In Pu Luong, visitors will discover and learn about the traditions and customs of the Thai people that is simple but colorful by participating in daily life activities, folk games; enjoying the delicious traditional dishes. Travelers will spend the nights in spacious houses on stilt of local people.  Around the fire, you will participate in folk performances by sharing glasses of rice wine...

If you love adventure, the conquest of the Pu Luong summit or the highest mountain in Pu Luong natural reserve at an altitude of 1,700 m will be an unforgettable experience. After the difficulties of a trek of more than 5 hours, tiredness seems to disappear when you enjoy the majestic beauty of the Pu Luong valley from above. If you choose to drive along the 15C, in any direction, you have the opportunity to plunge yourself in nature, villages leaning against the mountain, the beautiful terraced rice fields scattered of green virgin forests...

You'll stop in the Hang village where you will admire the rice terraces seeming to be endless, learn traditional farming practices of the people here. Come to the Kho Muong village, in addition of scenery, the majestic land, you can explore the cave with mysterious stalactites...

Pu Luong in Vietnam

A place not to be missed in the Pu Luong natural reserve is the Hieu village. On the road from Pho Doan, you should stop to discover the typical waterwheels of Thai people. You will cross the suspension bridge, a slope; you’ll hear the sound of remote waterfall. Curiously, the small river zigzagging between the villages, right next to the stairs of the houses on stilts, through the rice terraces… suddenly falls here to create a majestic waterfall with white foam in the middle of the green color of Pu Luong.

The aim of eco-tourism:

Pu Luong is an important natural reserve in Vietnam which is currently developing community-based ecotourism related to the conservation of nature.

The objectives of eco-tourism in Pu Luong are: Preserve local culture, improve the lives of local people, conserve nature, make sexes equal, mitigate the effects and adapt to global climate change, exchange culture between locals and travelers, increase the level of management and the ability of the local population. This means that: local people will manage their wealth by sharing the benefits of tourism in Pu Luong independently.

Your trip in Pu Luong natural reserve will directly contribute to the conservation of forests, fauna and flora. This is also the mission of the development of eco-tourism linked to the community and to the true nature protection in worldwide in general and in particular in Pu Luong.

Pu Luong with foreigners:

Pu Luong with Proux Stéphanie and Geneviève Vitali from Canada: We did not expect what we would do in Vietnam. On site, we planned to go to the homes stays in Sapa. But local people talked us about one place: The Pu Luong natural reserve where the landscapes are breathtaking. We loved this experience.

Pu Luong in Vietnam

We were with an excellent driver and our guide was knowledgeable and taught us everything to know. Our guide was very friendly and smiling although the road is a little long but the landscape of Pu Luong is truly breathtaking: Waterfalls, rice terraces, dinner with the villagers, drinking sake unlimitedly…

If you want to live an extraordinary souvenir out of your ordinary, meet the beautiful scenery and lovely people ... I recommend 100% Pu Luong but this time, I recommend at least two nights instead of one night to enjoy more Pu Luong after a long drive.

Pu Luong with Corine Genet from France: A huge thank you to our guide and our driver for this fabulous trip tin Pu Luong - an unforgettable step during our trip in Vietnam. Memories are charged of friendly and adorable meetings... which do not exist in France. We took lessons to improve reception in France. The scenery in Pu Luong is so beautiful but the Vietnamese heart delighted us....

Pu Luong with Christina from Mexico: We decided to go to Pu Luong for 3 days. It was one of the most memorable journeys in our lives. Long, our guide took us in one of the most beautiful walks in our lives. We discovered the rice terraces, countryside, so beautiful villages. We saw buffalo take a bath in the rivers ... We bathed in the waterfall. There were many animals in Pu Luong.

In the villages, people are really friendly. They made very good meals and we partied with them. Pu Luong food was very good too. We spent 1 night in bungalows with beautiful views of the rice terraces. We can say that the trip in Pu Luong is one of the most memorable in our lives.

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Pu Luong with Christine from Switzerland: My trip in Pu Luong with Long is one of the highlights of during our travel in Vietnam. It was an experience we will always remember with great joy. Long took us, my husband and me on a trip of 3 days / 2 nights. He is a guide that you cannot imagine! He is so friendly; he knows everything and very endearing. He was always smiling to make the trip in Pu Luong more interesting and memorable.

The driver is always ready. Trek in this natural reserve is really beautiful.

We stopped for photos after every twenty steps! Children in Pu Luong are all lovely but in reality, all the people we met were all friendly.

The nights in homestay were very good. They are really hospitable. We ate very well with a number of different dishes. It is not easy to imagine.

We walked along the rivers. We admired the rice terraces in this isolated region. What a work! We have also seen the water wheels. We saw buffalo, duck in water. We believed that the time stopped in Pu Luong...

You can send us an email to: info@guideduvietnam.com for more but free details on this wild destination. If not, we wish you an excellent trip in Pu Luong!