Mai Chau and Pu Luong Nature Reserve Tour 4Days is the combination of Vietnamese culture discovery, ethnic minorities daily life experience and nature exploration. The tour from Hanoi to North-West of Vietnam with the visit to Tay Phuong Pagoda, Duong Lam Ancient Village and homestay at Mai Chau Valley. Trekking through terraced rice fields and Thai villages, rafting on river in the nature reserve… are also highlights of the trip!
Morning we will take one hour drive to Tay Phuong, one of ten most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. Located on the top of the hill, this pagoda is very famous about the collection of Buddha and Arhat statues from 17th century and unique architecture. After that, back to the car for driving to the ancient village of Duong Lam, the place so called “Hoi An of the Red River Delta” as still preserve many hundred-year-old houses constructed by laterite stone – the unique material just can be found in this area. That is the reason why Duong Lam also has the name “The laterite ancient village”. Upon arrival, take the pleasant walk by the gate of the village to Mong Phu Communal House. This is one of very few village gates still remained intact locates by the old Banyan Tree as the typical image of the village in the Red River Delta. After visiting the Communal House, just take a seat at the tea house nearby and enjoy some local fresh green tea and special candy made from sticky rice flake. This is the oldest Tea House in Vietnam as the villagers made used of the spare material from constructing the Communal House to build this Tea House from 400 years ago. Then our guide will take you to walk along some small alleys in the village. The village has constructed very special system of alleys in “fish bone” style that every single alley comes to death end for the security reason. That could be the reason why many families in the village still using the old gate with the handle from outside to help the guests open the gate themselves. The walk will concluded by the visit of the most beautiful ancient house in the village of Mr. Huyen family and enjoy the authentic home hosted lunch prepare by hospitable people in his family.
After lunch, depart to Mai Chau – the peaceful valley of Thai people. This trip gives you a lot of photo opportunities with spectacular scenery of mountain area and rice fields. Upon arrival to Mai Chau, check in local house on stilts of Thai people in Pom Coong village.
Overnight and dinner in the long house of Thai people.
After breakfast, we will drive to the central of the valley for 20 kms trekking back to the house on the stilts. We start to trek mountainsides to Xam Khoe Village. The trekking is difficult at times with some steep uphill and downhill walking, but the views are incredible however some physical preparation will enable you to fully appreciate today’s trek. Then we will hike along the path over villages of Thai people. Picnic lunch in a family of Thai people on the way. After lunch we trek up 4 kms over the bamboo forest over the mountain towards to our village. Get back to Pom Coong Village in the afternoon. After dinner, enjoy the great music and dance performance of Thai people in the village.
Overnight at the long house of the Thai people.
After breakfast, start driving from Mai Chau to visit Lung Van – the hidden highland of Muong People on the way back to Muong Khen. Just only 20 kms driving uphill from highway, you will be in totally different place that have not been touched by tourists with beautiful scenery, hospitable Muong People still living in their village like hundred years ago. Lung Van also so called “the fairy land” as it high elevation and you can see beautiful cloud here most of the time in the day. Drive back to Muong Khen for lunch in local restaurant. After lunch, drive to Pu Luong. Here, you will be transferred to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk in search of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes.
Arriving at a local fisherman’s house, you have a short rest to gear up for the bamboo river rafting with Dinh and his team. Float along the calm river and enjoy the views, in between learning how to paddle and steer your handcrafted rafts.
Arriving at scenic Tan Lap bridge, you disembark to be transferred back to Pu Luong for dinner.
Overnight in Pu Luong
Village life and the community: morning, you have the chance to get close to village life and interact with locals living in the hills about the Retreat. Glimpse at daily life, walk around working farmland and rice fields and learn about making weaving colorful textiles.
Check out and transfer back to Hanoi. End of Mai Chau and Pu Luong Nature Reserve Tour 4 Days.
Valid till 31 December 2019 (subject to change on 24 Dec and 31 Dec)
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* First Class: Homestay in Mai Chau and Pu Luong
* Superior Class: Mai Chau Ecolodge (Junior Deluxe Room) and Pu Luong Retreat (Private room)