(Last updated on December 31, 2019)
Pu Luong Nature Reserve Travel Guide:
Pu Luong Nature Reserve is located in Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa districts, Thanh Hoa province with an area of over 17,600 ha with extremely rich and diverse flora and fauna. With the wild beauty of the rainforest, this place is one of the tourist attractions that attracts many tourists every year. In particular, Pu Luong is close to other famous tourist destinations such as Ban Lac (Mai Chau), Cuc Phuong National Park (Ninh Binh), … so it will be very convenient for visitors to explore many places.
Best time to travel to Pu Luong Nature Reserve
This nature reserve is surrounded by primeval forests so the climate here is quite pleasant. The best time for you to travel to Pu Luong Nature Reserve is at the following times:
- May – June: this is the time to start a new rice crop, you will see the green fields stretching.
- September – October: harvest season, fields and terraces will turn all into bright yellow.
How to get to Pu Luong Nature Reserve?
Pu Luong is one of the nature reserves located away from the main highway so no passenger cars/ shuttle bus come to this place. You can go here by one of the ways below:
This is one of the very suitable ways for travelers interested in exploring, traveling by motorbike. You can rent a motorbike from Hanoi and then follow the following route: from Hanoi, take Highway 6 to Hoa Binh province, then go to Lac village in Mai Chau town and finally to Pu Luong.
- The road to the nature reserve is quite difficult, so make sure to wear safety gear when riding a motorbike.
- Know the route before you go and should bring a travel map, an internet-connected phone to use Google Maps as a directions and directions tool.
- Compliance with road traffic safety law.
- If you depart from Hanoi, do not forget to stop at Thung Khe Pass to admire the majestic panorama of this pass and enjoy the local specialties here.
Currently, there are many travel companies offering you this service with the following route: in the morning, pick up passengers at a meeting place in Hanoi Old Quarter by Limousine bus then go to Mai Chau then from Mai Chau you will be transferred to the Shuttle bus and go from Mai Chau to Pu Luong nature reserve
- The ticket price to go to the reserve is about US$20 – US$25/person/one way.
For those who love to explore by bicycle, you can book a Limousine Bus to move to Mai Chau and then rent a bicycle in Mai Chau to go to this nature reserve. The distance is about 70km from Mai Chau.
Where to stay? Nice and good Homestay & Hotels in Pu Luong Nature Reserve
The most popular type of accommodation is the homestay of the local people in Pu Luong, you will experience the life of the local people, eat and enjoy specialties prepared by the people here.
Pu Luong Nature Reserve Attractions
Kho Muong Village
This is a village in a valley still very wild and rustic due to little human influence. It is home to 60 Thai ethnic households and is isolated from other villages in the region, and access to this village is also very difficult. Therefore, it will be suitable for those who love to explore nature and adventure travel. Come to Kho Muong, you can admire the natural scenery, experience, learn the culture, customs, and traditions of the Thai people, immerse yourself in the rustic life, enjoy traditional delicious dishes with mountain flavors here.
Pu Luong Mount
If you are an adventurous person, you definitely cannot miss this place. This is one of the peaks suitable for trekking with an altitude of about 1700m above sea level and takes about 6-8 hours to climb to the top in good weather. You can also set up camp at the top of the mountain to rest overnight until the next day to go down the mountain.
Don village, this place is mainly of ethnic Thai people; and in recent years, domestic and foreign tourists come to Don village more and more. Tourists coming to Don village not only enjoy the peaceful space, beautiful but very pristine natural scenery but also enjoy the specialties of indigenous people, such as bamboo shoots, ducks, wild pigs, chickens, zucchini,… especially experience the sincerity and hospitality of local people.
Kho Muong Cave
Kho Muong cave is one of the cave with fascinating beauty in the complex discovered in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Limestone stalactites were formed about 250 million years ago to create this cave. Kho Muong cave is also home to many species of bats, at least 4 species of bats inhabit this cave at different times of the year. Going deeper into the cave, visitors will be able to see the rocks, stalactites with strange shapes such as humanoid, tree-shaped, beast … all different colors.
Hieu village – Hieu waterfall
Ban Hieu is a Thai village located on the banks of the Hieu stream originating from the top of Pu Luong. The village consists of more than a hundred houses scattered along the banks of the stream, about 25 km from Canh Nang town. The origin of the stream of Hieu is from a cave of majestic rocky mountains in the Pu Luong – Cuc Phuong area. According to local people, the stream flows all year round.
Hieu waterfall: The length of the waterfall is about 800 m. If viewed from the top, the water flows to the middle of the mountain splits into two branches, flowing in two different directions and merging at the end of the stream.
Just outside the foot of the falls is a natural “pool”. After exploring the whole of the Hieu waterfall, visitors can come back here and have fun with the cool and fresh water. There is also a homestay-style hostel for travelers who want to relax and explore the culture, cuisine and indigenous people here.
Son – Ba – Muoi village
The road to Son – Ba – Muoi village
Son – Ba – Muoi are 3 highland villages of Lung Cao commune. This place is about 130 km northwest of the city center and is like a Sapa town miniature by the mild climate year-round, the annual average temperature from 18-22 degrees C; sometimes it snows in the winter, the summer evenings are very cool, too.