Pu Luong Nature Reserve is one of the most intact retreats in the North of Vietnam for everybody to run away the boisterous city life. As being intact, this destination makes people think of the pure nature and harmony whenever they talk about Pu Luong.
About Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Pu Luong Nature Reserve was founded in 1999 and is located in Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc District of Thanh Hoa Province, in the north central coast area of Vietnam. It is about 180km away from Hanoi Capital. The destination is encompassed by three districts of Hoa Binh Province including Mai Chau, Tan Lac, and Lac Son. Biodiversity value in Pu Luong is wonderful with the rich flora and fauna system that has a close association with Cuc Phuong National Park. The Nature Reserve lies along two ranges of mountains on both sides, forming the lush central valley spotted withthe traditional villages and the spacious area of agricultural land. The landscape is truly beautiful.
The whole Nature Reserve has an area of 17,662 ha, which is ideal for eco-tourism. Coming to Pu Luong, the nature lovers and holidaymakers can see nature of the forested hills, the limestone karst, the intact rivers and waterfalls, the imposing mountain ranges, and more. The destination owns high elevation and extensive ranges of the tropical evergreen forest. So, the rudimentary scenery makes Pu Luong the peaceful home for many floral and faunal species. Besides, this destination is also the living place of Muong and Thai ethnic people. About the name of Pu Luong, in Thai language, it means “the highest summit of the village.”
Best Things to Do at Pu Luong
Cycling is one of the most authentic ways to explore the breathtaking corners of Pu Luong. Here, the energetic bikers find the steep valleys and remote tracks to bike on the scenic route. Once they cycle along the picturesque terraced rice fields, the panoramic valley, and the mountain passes, they get a sense of victory and feel close to nature. It’s possible to select the adequate biking level from easy to moderate and advanced. Besides, take it easy to cycle across some localvillages in the lowland of Pu Luong! The Nature Reserve is so friendly and idyllicin the bikers’ eyes.
There are lots of scenic trekking routes for you to conquer. When you trek, just enjoy sightseeing the pure picture of nature spotlighted with the magic hill, colorful terraced rice field, and poetic hamlet with the very friendly locals. The thrill-seekers can decide to take a 5km normal hike to the nearby hamlets or the challenging hike to the summit of Pu Luong and then camp there, or the multiple-day trekking through several villages and the least-visited trails. That is what nature conquerors or trekkers love to!
Rafting lets you become a fisherman for hours and sail the bamboo rafts on the friendly river. You’ll truly love the peaceful feeling when floating through the beautiful Cham River. Besides, images of the simple local farming life around help calm your mind well. If wanted, it’s inspirational to get hands-on experience in the day-to-day lives of the local fishermen. Take a new journey with your paddle if you’re active enough!
As Pu Luong is the stress-free retreat, you can simply choose to relax. The pure and harmonious atmosphere will inspire you to enjoy the real relaxation. Here are some ideas to carry out: reading funny books, having a glass of wine at the pool, swimming, sunbathing, walking in harmony with nature, gardening or farming if you like, etc. As it’s your time to relax, do whatever you feel comfortable!
The thrill-seekers will surely love kayaking in Pu Luong’s river, especially during the rainy time. So, don’t be reluctant to use the paddle to find your ways through the beautiful riverscape, pass by the simple stilted houses, the eye-catching water wheels as well as the green farmland. Together with rafting, kayaking lets you fully touch and experience the water world of Pu Luong.
If you ever wished to fall asleep under bright stars and get up to welcome the mountain dawn, then camping in the pure outdoor of Pu Luong is the perfect option. While it might be your decision to experience the rustic camping with basic facilities in the forest or on the hilltop, the other tourists can choose to camp in the full-equipped conditions by hiring equipment and get pre-processed food to be heated over an open fire. Anyhow, staying overnight at the fresh outdoor environment brings the new and exciting feeling.
You can also travel as a volunteer to join the programs of building roads, fixing schools and houses, or making brick ovens to help the local ethnic people at Pu Luong. In any way, please tell your tour agent in advance so that they can support your compassionate thoughts.
Where to stay in Pu Luong
Pu Luong Retreat
If you’re visiting Pu Luong Nature Reserve, then come to stay in Pu Luong Retreat! Just driving 4 hours from Hanoi, you see the eco retreat nestled on a hillside, offering the stunning view of the whole area. It is worth to be a peaceful escape for you to surround yourself with the marvelous terraced rice fields, the charming rivers and waterfalls, the magnificent mountain passes and the traditional hamlets.
Here are the highlights of Pu Luong Retreat: 9 bungalows, 1 traditional stilted house with 16 comfortable beds, 1 alfresco restaurant, infinity pool, spa zone and rock garden. Each detail in this retreat aims to provide the customers with peace, comfort, and happiness. Also, the boutique style and decoration of the Retreat impress you all from the first sight. As Pu Luong Eco Retreat has the authentic and breathtaking traits, it somehow brings you to the microcosm of Northern Vietnam, with Sapa’s impressive mountain ranges, Mu Cang Chai’s marvelous terraced rice fields, Mai Chau’s far-off ethnic villages, Cao Bang’s beautiful rivers and waterfalls, and Ha Giang’s imposing mountain passes.
The local people in Pu Luong Nature Reserve are very kind-hearted and friendly. They’re willing to invite you to their homes so that homestay experience is certainly fantastic. That helps you learn about the authentic local culture, the village community spirit, and the traditional stilted house. It is the homestay option that gives you opportunities to mingle with the villagers, enjoy meals together, and join dancing after dinner happily. These experiences are unforgettable. For the best comfort, it’s better to tell the tour agent in advance if you prefer homestay so that they can provide the best alternative to fit your requirements, such as families with small children, groups of friends, or honeymooners.
The Best Time to Visit Pu Luong
The harvest season, September – November or February – May, is the best time to see Pu Luong Nature Reserve. These months mark the lush plantation as well as the comfortable weather in the land. At the time, Pu Luong is covered with the green carpets and pleasant vibe that cheer up every visitor. So, if you are long for the pure and intact retreat, do not hesitate to contact the local travel specialist Indochina Charm Travel at firstname.lastname@example.org for a private adventure to Pu Luong!
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