Pu Luong Nature Reserve Trekking Guide for You

terraces in Pu Luong nature Reserve while trekking
Trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve tour

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"Pu Luong" in Thai language is the highest peak. Pu Luong Nature Reserve is located in Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa districts, Thanh Hoa province with an area of over 17,600 ha and abundant fauna and flora. With the pristine beauty of tropical forest, this place is one of the Northwest tourist attractions attract a lot of young people. In the past, Pu Luong was only attractive to a small group of friends in the dusty tourist community as it is a rather difficult place to travel.

In recent years Pu Luong is more famous for its pictures of the area. Pu Luong Retreat is more shared online. To facilitate you in discovering Pu Luong, the same team share some information needed for your reference.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve is located in Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa districts, in the northwest of Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam, 130 km northwest of Thanh Hoa.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve is 25 km from Cuc Phuong National Park, which is connected to the tail of Cuc Phuong National Park by two gray limestone mountains running parallel. In the middle are the rice valleys. In the north and northeast of the Pu Luong Sanctuary, it borders on Mai Chau, Tan Lac and Lac Son of Hoa Binh province. Prolonged from the west to the south of the nature reserve is the Ma River, from the border point of Quan Hoa District with Mai Chau District (Hoa Binh Province) through Quan Hoa Township to Canh Nang Town (Ba Thuoc) ).

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When travel Pù Luông?


As a highland area with surrounding primary forests, the climate in Pu Luong is quite pleasant even in the midst of hot summer days. For a comfortable trip, you can consider and arrange exploring Pu Luong at times like

In late May and early June is the beginning of the new crop, the fields and terraces will wear a layer of green, very beautiful and peaceful.

In September and October, these two months are the time when Pu Luong enters the ripe rice season, and all terraced fields on the hillside will turn bright yellow, making Pu Luong bring a wealth of beauty and dreams. dream.

Mid-summer is also a good time to go to Pu Luong (although bad luck can be met with rainstorm in the North), because Pu Luong is lowland limestone mountain, there are many tropical forests and few residents. The weather and the weather here during the summer months are still pretty cool.

Guide to trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve


There are no direct bus services to Pu Luong, so if you want to use public transport to get there, it is very difficult to get there. . The most convenient way you can use personal vehicles (motorbikes, cars) comes from Hanoi. Another option for motorists who love to bike is from Mai Chau (can rent bike in Mai Chau) explore Pu Luong and stay here one night.

Public transport


From Hanoi, you can take the car to Ba Thuoc (Canh Nang Township), usually the car only to the district center, from here about 20km to Pu Luong, you can rent motorbike to enter. here. From Giap Bat and My Dinh bus stations there are car of Hoang Phuong car 0973737778 to Ba Thuoc daily.

Use motorbike

From Hanoi: You can go Pu Luong into a circular arc to avoid going back and forth on the same road. From Hanoi follow Highway No. 6 to Hoa Binh, choose one of the two roads through Lung Van rattan valley or through La Luc Mai Chau to Pu Luong.When coming back from Pu Luong, follow NHL15C and NHL17 to Cam Luong river, go from Ho Chi Minh road to Xuan Mai crossroads (NH6) back to Ha Noi. Come back if you have time or you can combine a day to explore Cuc Phuong. 

From Saigon: if you want to go to Pu Luong you can choose to fly to Hanoi then follow the directions above or fly to Thanh Hoa and rent a motorbike at Tho Xuan Airport, transfer from here to Pu Luong. From the airport to QL15 you will reach Pu Luong, about 100km distance and depending on weather conditions and your ability to ride that can take about 4-5 hours.If you want to combine more tourist sites in Thanh Hoa, you can visit Lam Kinh and Cam Luong. These two locations are on the journey to Pu Luong, but if you follow this route, you need to adjust the route a little, go to QL15 and QL177, the actual distance is almost unchanged.

Where to stay in Pu Luong

Pu Luong is quite large, depending on the journey of the delegation that you can choose one of the people here as the main residence. The most popular type of homestay is the homestay of people in Pu Luong, you will experience the life of the locals, eat and enjoy the specialties prepared by the people here.

Currently, homestay in Pu Luong is mostly located in Co Lung, Thanh Lam, Thanh Son, Lung Cao communes of Ba Thuoc district, Thanh Hoa. If you do not want to sleep in the Pu Luong core area, you can also refer to the list of resorts in Ba Thuoc to find the right place.


Read more: Best homestays in Pu Luong Nature Reserve


Things to do in Pù Luông

Ban Kho Mường

On the peak of Pu Luong, there is a very primitive and rustic valley named Kho Muong. This is one of the most difficult areas of Thanh Son commune, Ba Thuoc district, but has great potential for natural conditions and cultural traditions to develop community tourism.

Kho Muong is a deep valley in the core area of ​​Pu Luong nature reserve, less influenced by human impact should still retain the very original, poetic features. This is home to 60 Thai ethnic groups, with 230 people. The Muong Village is separated from other villages in the area, about 2km from the People's Committee of Thanh Son Commune, but the way to the village is not simple. Ridiculous travel is a challenge for "travelers" to explore here.


Read more: Best Things to do in Pu Luong

Looking from above, Kho Muong appears with attractive soul, the floor is located near the bottom of the rice fields, corn fields, cassava. Surrounding the village is a vast green forest. All of them appear as a picture of the place "the first time". The people living in the village mainly live by rice, maize, cassava ... products made only for the daily meal. Thanks to what nature has bestowed, people have known to invest in building spacious houses to welcome visitors to visit. Coming to Kho Muong, visitors can admire the natural scenery, experience, learn the culture, customs and habits of the Thai people, join in the wild life, enjoy the traditional food Gourmet aromas such as rice, banana flower forest, bitter soup, corn wine, sour salt licks and boiled duck meat ...

Kho Mường Cave

Kho Muong Cave in Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Kho Muong Cave in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Hang Kho Muong is one of the most attractive caves in the cave population discovered in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Limestone blocks formed about 250 million years ago make this cave. The cave is linked to the underground system with a length of about 2.5 km to the north and leads water from Kho Muong through the village of Lung Cao. 

The river system flowing through the cave is a common feature of the Kart Mountains, which creates a connection between the valley basins by the flow of water. Hang Kho Muong is also home to many bats, with at least four species of bats residing in the cave at different times of the year. 
Going deep into the cave, visitors will be able to admire the stone blocks, stalactites and stalagmites with strange shapes such as human figures, trees, animals ... full of different colors, All of them are very lively and special. In a cave deep in the cave there is a large open space that looks like a natural volleyball court, this is one of the highlights of the bat. 


Don village (Thanh Lam commune)

Ban Don, mainly ethnic Thai living with 285 people (80 households). Over the past two years, domestic and foreign tourists have come to Don village more and more. Don has peaceful space, beautiful natural scenery but also enjoy the special food of indigenous people, such as forest shoots, duck grass, wild boar, hill chicken, pumpkin, su ... especially the sincerity, hospitality of the local people.

Son Bá Mười village

Son Ba Muoi is the highland village of Lung Cao. This place is about 130 km northwest of the city and is considered as a miniature Sa Pa with a mild climate year-round, the average temperature in the year from 1822 degrees C, sometimes with snow fall, Dark summer temperatures are also down very low.


Son - Ba - Ten is also known by other names Cao Son, located on the top of Pha He mountain, Pha Chien, running parallel with the circuit Pu Luong - Cuc Phuong majestic. Cao Son is located in the core zone of Pu Luong Nature Reserve and adjacent to Ngoc Son - Ngo Luong Nature Reserve.


Especially, Son - Ba - Ten is quite isolated from the outside, so far preserves many of the ancient Thai tradition, the stilts remain the same traditional mark, expressing the specific characteristics not affected by the. modern architecture from doped outside.

Ban Hieu village 

Hieu is a Thai village located on the banks of the Hieu stream that originates from the peak of Pu Luong. The village consists of more than 100 rak houses scattered along the banks of the stream. Whenever there is a beautiful waterfall, the roof of the floor is thicker than a scene creating a waterfall - the floor is beautiful as water paintings. 
The stream from the beginning to the end of the village is only about a kilometer but there are 5 waterfalls, which are beautiful and no waterfall like any other. Therefore, the people in the village called all the waterfalls is Hieu waterfall and loved it called the "stream Hieu" rather than the Hiao stream as usual.

Hieu Waterfall in Pu Luong

Hieu Waterfall in Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Hieu Waterfall in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Hieu Waterfall is located in Lang Hieu commune, Ba Thuoc district, in the core area of ​​Pu Luong nature reserve. This is the favorite destination of people and foreign tourists to explore in a few years, 25 km long road from Canh Nang to Hieu village is beautiful because the two fields are terraced fields by the banks of the stream. Via the wooden suspension bridge is the village. Water flows from the Hieu waterfall has many limestone rocks, creating a special water flow in the green, but also create the cohesion between the background and the two sides of the stream. Sometimes it rained heavily, the white water removed limestone powder. This strange characteristic has caused the trees, objects found in the flow are petrified.

The origin of the Hieu stream is from a rocky cave in the limestone range of the Pu Luong - Cuc Phuong limestone landscape, which is a globally important form of the Karst ecosystem, the remaining limestone forest in northern Vietnam. According to people in the stream flowing year round never exhausted.

The length of the cascade is about 800 m. If viewed from the top, the water flows to the middle of the mountain, split into two branches, the two directions in different directions and combined at the end of the line.

Right outside the waterfall there is a natural "pool". After a return trip, visitors should shower here. The water level here is just over 1 meter, the bottom is sand so anyone who adventurous can complete the flight.

This place has formed a tourist site, a system of stilt house for tourists. Located on the stilts with a few pillows, tourists enjoy the scenery of the mountains, enjoy the wonderful time.



Muốn waterfall (Dien Quang Commune)

thac Muon waterfall in Pu Luong Nature Reserve vietnam
Muon Waterfall in Pu Luong

"Thác Muốn" waterfall to be located at an altitude of 500 m above sea level, starting in the rocky ravine on the top of the mountain. Want to have a height of more than 300m flow into the valley of a few hectares wide, then from the mountain slope formed Many cascades cascade successive succession like step ladder. Across the 43 large, small, high, low waterfall with only rocks, water and forest trees cover, streams flow into the Dai Lan River into the majestic Ma River. It is especially interesting when tourists come to Thac Mo can climb to 43 cascades without having to remove sandals because the stone here is sand (like stone grinding), but smooth smooth but not slippery wide sea.

Waterfall is about 20km away from Doan Doan, you can find this place on Google Maps, but remember to specify Waterfall to separate from another waterfall of the same name and same district.

Chợ phiên Phố Đoàn Market

Doan is the name of the market from the French colonial period in Lung Niem commune, Ba Thuoc district, Thanh Hoa province. This is a place for trade of goods and meeting of the Kinh, Muong and Thai ethnic groups in surrounding communes with people in Tan Lac, Lac Son districts, Hoa Binh province.

What makes the attraction for tourists when playing the market is the culture of buying and selling goods of horizontal value. Sometimes, they do not trade in money, such as a chicken can exchange for two dozen eggs with vegetables that are both comfortable and happy. Just "belly appetite" is buy now, rarely bid, demanding challenge.


Pù Luông Mountain

Đây là một trong những đỉnh núi mà dân trekking ở Việt Nam thường chọn để chinh phục. Đỉnh cao 1700m và mất khoảng 6-8 tiếng trong điều kiện thời tiết tốt để có thể lên đến đỉnh. Các bạn có thể dựng trại trên đỉnh để ăn uống nghỉ ngơi qua đêm, hôm sau có thể xuống núi. 


What to eat in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

normal local meal look like this in Puluong National Park
A normal local meal look like this in Puluong National Park

The food in Pu Luong is quite simple, most of the delicious food in Pu Luong you will enjoy at the homestay where you are. The people will prepare all these dishes according to the number of your delegation, the fish meat is laid out on the tray of leaves (leaves), eaten can be rice or sticky rice. 

Pu Luong cuisine will bring out the distinctive features of Thai cuisine with grilled dishes, items, and spices with many flavors of forest and mountains.

Lợn cỏ nướng (grilled pork)

eat grilled pork in pu luong nature reserve
Grilled Pork in Pu Luong

Grass or grass or armpit pigs are special pets of Muong people. To maintain the sweetness of the meat, the pig must be cleaned before the internal organs are removed, and then the meat is not washed with water.  
The meat is mixed into pieces, the same heart, steamed on the wood charcoal, bone cooked with banana forest. Slice the dough, marinate, fish sauce and wrap the grapefruit outside, clamped on the bamboo bar grilled on charcoal.  
Pomelos gravy on the meat, under the heat of coal, golden hunting meat, smelling fragrant. Pork comes ripe, thin slices on green banana leaves. When eating, dip with roasted salt and small seeds.

Gà đồi - Vietnamese chicken

Eat Grilled Chicken in Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Eat Grilled Chicken in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

The chicken is naturally raised, rushing and eating rice so the chicken in Pu Luong will be very fragrant and sweet. This type of chicken boiled and eaten while still hot, with the spices of the local people are delicious. In addition, along with the traditional Thai spices, grilled chicken will leave an impression for any of you to Pu Luong.

Vịt cổ lũng

Eat duck vit co lung in pu luong nature reserve thanh hoa vietnam
"Vit co lung" - Duck in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

The attraction of this duck is small bones, firm meat, lean. Ducks here are raised on the streams, feeding naturally in the water flowing from the rocky mountains, so the meat taste delicious near the far.




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