Pu Luong Nature Reserve’s Hidden Gem

Pu Luong Nature Reserve’s Hidden Gem
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Pu Luong Nature Reserve’s Hidden Gem
From Upon request
Duration 4 Days 3 Nights
Code VHPL04
Style Private
Location North Vietnam
Start Client's Hotel

TOUR INFORMATION

Hit the trails for an unforgettable trek through Vietnam’s northern hills. Trek from village to village, surrounded by dramatic limestone karsts and fertile valleys of the Pu Luong region. Meet colourful ethnic groups and staying in local homestays, discovering the cultures and landscapes that make Vietnam so unique.

What’s Included

  • Private vehicle for transfer (not available during trekking)
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Local guide for trekking days
  • Sightseeing tickets and zone entrance fees where mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)
  • Accommodation as listed above.

What’s Not Included

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

TOUR MAP

ITINERARY BY DAY

DAY 1: HANOI – MAI CHAU VALLEY

Set off after breakfast this morning for a four hour drive to Mai Chau. The drive goes through beautiful Hoa Binh Province, located in the mountainous area southeast of Hanoi: a region dotted with limestone karsts. Pass through several villages along the way (home to Thai, Hmong, and Dao people.)

Descend the last 14 km along a steep mountain road into the stunning valley of Mai Chau. Enjoy a hot lunch here, served by the trekking cook in one of the small villages. The homestay this evening is inside this quaint village and is a great way to experience the cultures and traditions of the Thai people.

After lunch and a bit of relaxation, take a short 1-2 hour walk around the village and the valley. Depending on the day of the week, visit Mai Chau Market and Van Village.

Overnight homestay in a Thai village

DAY 2: MAI CHAU – HANG VILLAGE

After breakfast, drive 22km further into the reserve to begin the trek. The trek lasts for approximately 3 hrs before arriving at Hang Village, home to Thai ethnic minority. Spend the night with a local Thai family in their traditional house built on stilts. Enjoy a stroll around the village to observe daily life activities before dinner.

Overnight homestay in a Thai village

DAY 3: HANG VILLAGE – KHO MUONG VILLAGE

For those who don’t mind the early wake up, take part in the local morning activities or take a stroll around Hang village before breakfast. Today is a harder day of hiking, 50% on village paths 50% on an old, disused, unpaved French road. There are some steep climbs throughout the day, as well as some stream crossings. While trekking becomes more remote, one is never far from a villager tending fields or walking back from the early morning market.

While lunch is being prepared, relax from the heat of the day in a local home inside the village. After lunch, continue along the old jeep road to a village nestled between steep karst mountains. Arrive early with spare energy to hike a two-hour return trip to a newly discovered and incredibly large cave. Hidden on high ground surrounded by thickets and hanging vegetation, the cave is now protected by the Forest rangers, due to the delicate ecosystem and bat species inside.

Overnight homestay in a village

DAY 4: KHO MUONG – PHO DOAN – HANOI

Wake up early to the sound of chickens and ducks and children Wake up early to the sound of chickens and ducks, and children preparing for the day at school.

Take an early morning walk through the village to experience morning life in a farming community. The trek heads out along the Ma River and, after 2 hours, reach Pho Doan Town. If this day of the itinerary falls on a Sunday, pay a visit to the busy Pho Doan market. Followed by trekking to the Ma River, enjoy a nice view of rivers, paddies and a water wheel on the way.

Pick up will be arranged from here for the departing transfer to Hanoi (arriving in the late afternoon.)

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