Pu Luong Nature Reserve – Enjoy the Authentic, Unspoiled Side of Vietnam
If you have planned a Vietnam vacation, you cannot afford to miss Pu Luong Nature Reserve. This nature reserve is famous for its exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity, as well as cultural values of ethnic minorities in the country. While Pu Luong trekking is an unmatched feast for a nature-lover’s eyes with its verdant forest and limestone panoramas, the manmade creation of rice terraces only add to the region’s outstanding beauty. Stretched from Mai Chau to Cuc Phuong National Park, Pu Luong Nature Reserve is just within a 4-hour drive from the capital city, Hanoi, and so, is easily accessible.
Established in 1999, Pu Luong Nature Reserve is spread on 17,662 hectares and ¾th of its part mainly contains tropical forest. It’s also home to the ethnic Thai and Muong people. In Thai language, the meaning of Pu Luong is ‘the highest peak’.
Recently Pu Luong has become one of the topmost destinations for a short trip near Hanoi. Trekking in the forest and the breathtaking paddy terraces is one of the most popular activities here. You can also do biking and also visit the several extremely beautiful small villages.
Pu Luong Nature Reserve has two mountain ranges on both of its sides with a lush green valley in between, which contains the traditional villages. The locals here are one of the friendliest people in Vietnam. They will never miss to invite you for a cup of tea. It’s a great pleasure to observe their rich and authentic culture. You can enjoy joining a dance after dinner.
When to Visit and How?
The best time to visit Pu Luong Nature Reserve is during the season of rice harvest, i.e. from September to November or from February to May. During this time, weather is delightful and vegetation is lush green.
You can access Pu Luong from both – Mai Chau as well as NinhBinh. Trekkers will get many offbeat trails through va to Pu Luong that are least visited and multiple day trekking can be conducted here. Trekking can be done through villages such as Ban Hang, Ban Sai, Ban Hieu or Ban Kho Muong where you can enjoy an unforgettable homestay.
All in all, Pu Luong will not only give you the pleasure of scenic forest, mountains and valleys, but also introduce you to the authentic, unspoiled side of Vietnam.
Never miss this side of this beautiful country and you will thank yourself for life.