Explore Vietnam countryside tour in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

As a pristine nature reserve, Pu Luong became a favorite off-the-beaten-track destination in Northern Vietnam. In the last article “Best Mai Chau tour guide for explorers”, we brought you some guides on your trip to Mai Chau Valley.

In this article, northernvietnamtravel give you brief information for an adventurous travel to Pu Luong, a nature reserve near Mai Chau so that you can go on a Vietnam countryside tour to the North.

When to visit Pu Luong

The best time to come to Pu Luong is from May to June and from September to October. During May and June, the locals start to grow a new rice crop on their paddy fields so that tourists may have the chance to admire picturesque green and yellow rice terraces once they travel to Vietnam.  

Rice terraces in Pu Luong

Rice terraces in Pu Luong (Source: Internet)

How to get to Pu Luong

It is highly recommended to reach Pu Luong by motorcycles because the roads to local villages are so narrow that it will be challenging for a car or a bus to get access the Nature Reserve. Hence, Pu Luong has recently become the favorite destination for adventurers.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Source: Internet)

If you start your trip from Hanoi, you can hire a motorbike easily in many hotels and bike shops. You should ride to Lac Village, Mai Chau then turn to highway 15C to get to Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

However, riding a motorbike to a mountainous area is dangerous, let alone a motorcycle trip in Vietnam. That’s why you should keep in mind to prepare carefully before hitting the road. 

Some must-visit tourist attractions in Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Kho Muong Village

Don Village

Waterfall in Hieu Village

Pho Don weekly market

Pa Luong Village

What to do in Pu Luong

1. Go trekking in the Nature Reserve and reach Pu Luong mountain peak

For those who are interested in discovering the wildlife and going on adventures, reaching Pu Luong mountain peak is a must-try experience during your tour.

2. Stay in a local’s

Pu Luong is the home of many Vietnamese ethnic minority groups with special customs and traditions. A trip to Pu Luong will not be complete if you do not stay a night in a homestay and have a meal with the host family.

Homestay in Pu Luong

A lovely homestay in Pu Luong (Source: Internet)

3. Visit Pho Don market

If you go to Pu Luong on Thursday or Sunday, you will be able to take part in a traditional market in the mountainous area to taste local specialties, buy souvenirs and enjoy dancing performance. 

Organized Pu Luong, Vietnam tour

Despite being exciting and attractive, making a Vietnam countryside tour is not an easy task for first-time travelers and amateurs. Here we recommend Pu Luong – the wilderness 4-day tour for your amazing experience in this mountainous area. The highlight of this rural Northern Vietnam tour is the boat trip along Ma River and the trekking trip into hillside villages to admire the imposing panorama of rice terraces, dense primitive forests, and karst mountains. You also have the chance to learn more about the unique traditions and history of Thai people through a cozy dinner at a local family’s house.

traditional house in Pu Luong

Traditional house in Pu Luong (Source: Internet)





Day 1



  • Transfer from Hanoi to Mai Chau
  • Make a stop in a village to have lunch with local food


Mai Chau – Hang village

  • Go to the boat dock
  • Get on a boat trip along Ma River
  • Have a walk around the hillside villages and explore the life of Thai people

Day 2


Hang villlage

  • Have breakfast with Thai food
  • Go trekking to Eo Ken
  • Have a picnic lunch in Eo Ken Village


Kho Muong Village

  • Visit Kho Muong village

Day 3


KhoMuong village

  • Go trekking to limestone mountain
  • Move to Pu Luong Nature Reserve to visit Nua Village
  • Have a picnic lunch


Hin Village

  • Visit Hin Village
  • Have dinner in a traditional house
  • Enjoy your night stay

Day 4


Hin village

  • Go trekking up high limestone mountain range
  • Have a walk then arrive Ton Village


  • Drive back to Hanoi

Here we suggest some guides for your Vietnam countryside tour. Check out the article to see how it can help you with an adventurous travel in Vietnam.