giant wooden wheels in pu luong nature reserve Pu Luong is a nature reserve in northern Vietnam. This nature reserve is situated in Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc districts of Thanh Hoa Province. The reserve is located along two parallel mountain ridges that run from north-west to south-east, and are divided by a central valley, which contains several human settlements and a large agricultural land area, therefore, is not included within the nature reserve. The 4-day Vietnam adventure holiday allows travelers to explore the mountainous Pu Luong Nature Reserve and amazing experience with the culture of the Thai and Muong people in scenic villages with traditional, rustic home-stay accommodations.

Tour Code: VEH 16
Tour Route: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Hang Kia – Kho Muong – Ban Hin – Ban Trinh – Pho Doan
Duration: 4 Days/ 3 Nights
Date: No fixed dates
Start/ End: Hanoi/ Hanoi (Pickup & Drop off at the hotel)
Tour Category: Vietnam Adventure Holidays
Adventurous Activities: Hiking, Trekking
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us what you wish to do in the inquiry form)


Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pom Coong – Ban Hang
Day 2: Ban Hang – Eo Ken – Kho Muong
Day 3: Kho Muong – Ban Pon – Ban Nua – Ban Hin
Day 4: Ban Hin – Ban Trinh – Pho Doan

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Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pom Coong – Ban Hang (L, D)

In the morning, travel in about 4 hours from Hanoi to Mai Chau. Upon arrival at the Pom Coong village in Mai Chau, take a short walk to visit the ethnic Thai villages then enjoy lunch at Thai stilt house in Pom Coong village. After lunch, leave Mai Chau for a short ride along the Ma River (22 km) to Tan Phuc village. Off the van and off the beaten path, begin the trekking to Hang village through outstanding mountain scenery and picturesque rice paddies, Thai and Muong stilt houses on the green mountain. Spend the night in a local Thai’s family traditional house on stilts. Sharing our stories and immersing into the Thai culture, overnight in a quiet village.

Day 2: Ban Hang – Eo Ken – Kho Muong (B, L, D)

After breakfast, start hiking for approximately 6 hours. The first section is hard with some steep climbs and stream crossings. The second stage is glorious with beautiful views of the valley, rice terraces, rich rainforests, and meandering streams. The picnic lunch will be served on the road at Eo Ken village. Arrival in Kho Muong village is always special as the setting of the village is perhaps the most beautiful in Northwest of Viet Nam, nestled between steep karst mountains with rice terraces in the afternoon. Tonight we have dinner and overnight at Thai stilt house in Kho Muong village…

hiking in mai chau

Day 3: Kho Muong – Ban Pon – Ban Nua – Ban Hin (B, L, D)

After breakfast, trek to Hin village (approximately 5 – 6 hours). On this route, encounter some steep climbs and more stream crossings. Along the way, visit an incredible cave, only recently discovered, now protected by the Forest Rangers. The trekking will be in the remote area. Pass steep limestone mountains and curiosity conjuring caves, through the dense rain forests all inside the borders of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve and into Ban Nua. After this tough trek, there is nothing more refreshing then dunking yourself in a cool stream. Surely you will not be the only one taking part in some of the fun of stream bathing. The picnic lunch will be served here followed by a little relaxation from the heat of the day before continuing to Hin village of the Thai people. You will be welcomed as honored guests, and have dinner with the local people at their traditional house.

hiking in pu luong nature reserve

Day 4: Ban Hin – Ban Trinh – Pho Doan – Hanoi (B, L)

Today, continue the 2-hour trekking through rice fields, villages to get to Pho Doan Market to meet our awaiting vehicle, then we drive back to Hanoi. Having lunch on the road and you will arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Tour ends.

What’s Included?

  • Private round-trip transfer with A/C
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Home-stay permissions
  • Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees

What’s Excluded?

  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

What to Bring: Passport, change of clothes, sun-glasses & hat, toiletries, sun-block, insect repellent, flashlights, good shoes, personal first aid kit & medicines.

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