Pu Luong, Thanh Hoa: The hidden parad

Fancy a break from the heat of the city and leaving all the stress behind but not too far from home, consider Pu Luong (Thanh Hoa Province), where you can immerse in the wild beauty of mountains and forests, get some fresh breezes and admire all the charming combination of nature.

About 160 km southwest of Hanoi, Pu Luong is a popular weekend getaway among travelers with its rice fields, palm groves, waterwheels, and cascading waterfalls.
When is the best time to visit Pu Luong?
Going during late May and early June to enjoy the lush green of young rice, to feel peace of mind and soul. Even in a hot summer, Pu Luong is favored by the comfortable temperature thanks to its location on a low limestone mountain area, with many tropical rainforests and a sparse population. September and October are the harvest time, all the terraces on the uphill mountains will turn a glorious yellow and make the place an opulent and dreamy area. Or, you can visit Pu Luong at any time of the year to relax and be embraced by nature.

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Things to do in Pu Luong


There are some beautiful country roads that you can climb to the hilltops in Pu Luong. On the way, you can visit small villages and walk through villagers’ plantation areas. The views of the mountains and the valleys are breathtaking. Early birds will be the ones who catch up with the sunrise on the hilltops. Seeing a thick mist around the mountains being chased off by the sunlight is what will make the hike worth it.

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Unlike the bustling streets in the city center, visitors will occasionally see a local on a motorbike in Pu Luong. The main means offered here is bicycles. Riding a bicycle around the pretty decent road around Pu Luong, get in the fresh air and the tranquillity. There are certain mountain roads that may challenge cyclists to conquer. Homestays in Pu Luong often offer bicycles free of charge.

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Visit ethnic villages in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Pu Luong Nature Reserve is one of the country’s lesser-known ecotourism and trekking spots. Pu Luong Nature Reserve was established in 1999 to protect the area’s biodiversity. With a total area of more than 17,600 ha and a diverse flora and fauna system, you will find not only a mix of pristine forest and cultivated rice terraces but also cute little villages of ethnic people. This destination is the residence of the Thai and Muong people. On your visit, you can admire their built-on-stilt houses, observe them harvesting crops, work on the terraced rice fields, and enjoy typical ethnic cuisine. Pu Luong Peak, Don Village, Son, Ba, and Muoi Village are some featured spots to explore in Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

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Explore the Pho Doan market

Visitors can take time to pass by Pho Doan market to experience the local market of ethnic people. It is located in Lung Niem Commune, Ba Thuoc District, Thanh Hoa Province. There are trading activities, purchasing local products of Kinh, Muong, and Thai minorities from surrounding areas such as Tan Lac District, and Lac Son District (Hoa Binh Province)… They are quite simple but prevalent in kinds of products such as traditional silk costumes, tube wine, mountainous vegetables, and fresh fruits,…

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Admire the full-range scenery on Pu Luong mountain peak

Challenge lovers will love to conquer the peak at 1,700 meters high. Clouds floating at the peak of the mountain with dotted stilt houses, and terraces in the valley on the mountain foot are the combination that you may get a dreamy moment, everything stays still, nothing moves, time stops, just the quietness of the landscape exists.

Things to do in Pu Luong, a Nature reserve close to Hanoi City

Hieu waterfall

Hieu Waterfall in Hieu Village in the Co Long Commune is a community-based ecotourism destination. The waterfall consists of five small waterfalls. The water has a beautiful blue-green color and it can be enjoyed year-round. You can occasionally swim here.

Rather than that, you can see bamboo water wheels that appear around Pu Luong. They are a symbol of the area as well as Thai ethnic people. The water wheels play an important role in agricultural development in Pu Luong. They are used to extract water from the streams and rivers to irrigate the surrounding rice-terraced fields.

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