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Overview

Escape to Puluong Nature Reserve and be amazed by the cascading views of rice fields, surrounded by hidden villages, vegetation, mountains and open land. Trek hidden paths of the picturesque valley with ever-changing scenery for a nature retreat like no other.

Trip Highlights

Escape to Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Take a short drive to nearby Pu Luong Retreat and explore cascading rice terraces, trek past narrow pathways and discover hidden villages.

Trek through Cham River suspension bridge

Begin the walk in search of stunning water wheels and get up close and discover how water is moved from river to bamboo aqueducts.

Traditional bamboo river rafting

Float along the calm river and enjoy the beautiful views, in between learning how to paddle and steer the handcrafted rafts.

Itinerary

1

Hanoi – Mai Chau

Hanoi to Mai Chau (150km):4hrs

Depart Hanoi early morning for approximately 4 hour drive to Mai Chau located about 150 km southwest of Hanoi.  Just an hour beyond Hanoi, after Hoa Binh Town, the road weaves through mountains, fertile valleys and traditional villages.

Arrive in the picturesque Mai Chau Valley surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies. After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the idyllic natural surroundings. Start the tour with a light trek or walk 2 hours through one or some other villages in the Mai Chau Valley.

This evening enjoy a traditional Thai performance of music and dance. The Thai ethnic group has inhabited this area for centuries and much of their lifestyle and traditions have remained unchanged over the years. 

Overnight in Mai Chau.

2

Mai Chau – Pu Luong

Mai Chau to Puluong (54km): 2hrsWater wheels walk and rafting |3 km easy walk – 1.5 hours | 1 km rafting – 1 hours

Wake up in peaceful beauty of mountain, enjoy breakfast.

Transfer to Puluong by road via a breathtaking mountain pass with panoramic views of the whole valley. Followed by free time to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting. Lunch will be served at Pu Luong Retreat.

Then, transfer to a suspension bridge over the Cham River and begin an easy trekking from 3 to 5km in search of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes.

Transferred back to Pu Luong Retreat for dinner.

3

Pu Luong – Hanoi – Departure

Enthralling trekking routes | 6 km easy walking – almost 3 hours

Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths surrounded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Your camera will not be able to sit still!

Continuing to the base of the valley, you weave between roads and farmland, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot. Then you will be transferred back to Puluong Retreat for lunch.

Check out the Lodge and back to Hanoi

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a traditional stilt house (private sleeping area per group) or hotel accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room at the Mai Chau Lodge/ Mai Chau valley view/ Puluong Retreat  with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

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