About 153km far from Hanoi, Thanh Hoa is one of the biggest provinces in Vietnam. Thanh Hoa is not only famous for Sam Son beach, but also for nature reserves. Among of them, the Pu Luong Nature Reserve which has a high biodiversity value, is an outstanding beauty in Thanh Hoa province.
How to get there?
Starts from Ha Noi to Pu Luong Nature Reserve (190km), it takes 4-5 hours, visitors can get there by bus or by motorbike. If you travel by motorbike, you can stop at Lac village, Mai Chau downtown of Hoa Binh province. That is also a must-visit for those who love adventurous trips to highlands.
A “Sapa of Thanh Hoa Province”
Being a nature reserve which is covered by tropical forests. This is also living place of the Muong and Thai ethnic people. Its name “Pu Luong” originates in Thai language, means the highest peak of the village.
Pu Luong becomes recently a great destination for a few day trips near Ha Noi. Similar to the beauty of Moc Chau or Mai Chau Highlands, but it has own specialities. It is considered as a “Sapa of Thanh Hoa” because of similarities of culture, climate and lifestyle of local people.
A paradise of nature
Far away the hustle of city, long rice paddy fields, green valleys will be appeared at your sight. The best time to visit Pu Luong is during the rice harvest season, from September to November or February until May. However, unfortunately, if you get there in rainy season, you have an amazing experience in agreeable climate.
Strolling around the villages by motorbike, visitors have chances to enjoy the most beautiful sight on the peak to forests and waterfalls. The stunning scenery with two ranges of mountains creates a lush green valley dotted with authentic villages and stilts.
The locals here are among the most friendly people in Vietnam. You can be invited to their homes on your way. This is a chance for tourists to discover lifestyle of local people in the valleys, in the stilts – traditional houses of ethnic groups.
Where to stay?
There are not many accommodation choices.
There are a lot of villages in Thanh Hoa such as Ban Sai (Sai village), Ban Hang (Hang village), Ban Kho Muong (Kho Muong village), etc. You can ask villagers for your accommodation and joining to their dances, performances after dinner. That will be an unforgettable experience during your trip.
This is recently a new and the most favourite accommodation for young people. However, summer is the high season of the resort, you should avoid this period. Located on a hillside of Duom village, this 3 star ecolodge offers stunning view of the valleys and PuLuong Nature Reserve. You can have the whole view just outside the window. It includes bungalows with valley and mountain views, dorms for up to 20pax, a restaurant, a traditional spa house and a swimming pool. There are no modern facilities such as TV, air-condition, etc. However, PuLuong Retreat is an ideal accommodation for visitors who are natural lovers in PuLuong.
3.Les Bains de Hieu Ecolodge
Located deeply in the Pu Luong natural reserve area, in Ban Hieu (Hieu village), Les Bains de Hieu Ecolodge is surrounded by waterfalls. It offers 3 traditional Thai bungalows, a great escape to the unspoilt nature of the area. The lodge is operated by a local family with love and hospitality. It is a great place to relax for cycling, falling asleep with the sound of the water chute in the background. It’s quite expensive for the Vietnamese, but so much worth it.
(Source: Internet, TripAdvisor, Facebook)