Pu Luong

Pù Luông Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in northern Vietnam. This nature reserve is situated in Quan Hóa and Bá Thước districts of Thanh Hóa Province, North Central Coast region of Vietnam.

PU LUONG RETREAT (2D /1N)

PU LUONG RETREAT (3D/2N)

HUA TAT – PU LUONG – NINH BINH (4D/ 3N)

MAI CHAU – PU LUONG – NINH BINH – HALONG (5D/ 4N)

MAI CHAU – PU LUONG – NINH BINH – MOON GARDEN (5D /4N)

 

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PU LUONG RETREAT (2D/1N)
PU LUONG RETREAT (3D /2N)
HUA TAT – PU LUONG – NINH BINH (4D/3N)
MAI CHAU – PU LUONG – NINH BINH – HALONG (5D/4N)
MAI CHAU – PU LUONG – NINH BINH – MOON GARDEN (5D/4N)

DAY 1: HANOI – PU LUONG [-/L/D]

07:30 Departure from your hotel to Pu Luong. On the way, stop for visiting the Holy Fish stream, a fascinating destination in Cam Thuy district, Thanh Hoa province. The place is well known with a unique and particular type of fish that often swims densely in the stream. It is called the Holy Fish due to many mystical stories on these special creatures.

You enter Pu Luong Nature Reserve by road via a breathtaking mountain pass giving you a panoramic view of the whole valley. You arrive at your accommodation in time for a delicious lunch, followed by free time to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting.

You will be transfered to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk 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. Transfer back to Pu Luong Retreat for dinner and overnight.

Optional: you can enjoy rafting or kayaking on Cham river (with supplement)

DAY 2: PU LUONG – HANOI (B/L/-]

Breakfast. Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded 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 transfered back to Puluong Retreat for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer back to Hanoi.

DAY 1:HANOI – PU LUONG [-/L/D]

07:30 Departure from your hotel to Pu Luong. On the way, stop for visiting the Holy Fish stream, a fascinating destination in Cam Thuy district, Thanh Hoa province. The place is well known with a unique and particular type of fish that often swims densely in the stream. It is called the Holly Fish due to many mystical stories on these special creatures.

You enter Pu Luong Nature Reserve by road via a breathtaking mountain pass giving you a panoramic view of the whole valley. You arrive at your accommodation in time for a delicious lunch, followed by free time to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting.

You will be transfered to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk 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. Transfer back to Pu Luong Retreat for dinner and overnight.

Optional: you can enjoy rafting or kayaking on Cham river (with supplement)

DAY 2: PU LUONG [B/L/D]

Breakfast. Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded 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 to enjoy a simple picnic lunch.

After enjoying delicious food, you have free time to explore the refreshing water to in the nearby river, before moving to our car to be transfered back to the Retreat for dinner and overnight.

DAY 3: PU LUONG – HANOI [B/L/-]

Breakfast. You have the chance to get close to village life and interact with locals living in the hills above the Retreat. Glimpse at daily life, walk around working farmland and rice fields, followed by lunch at the Retreat. Check out and transfer back to Hanoi.

DAY 1: HANOI – HUA TAT (-/L/D)

07:30 Departure from your hotel to Hua Tat. Arrival to Hua Tat after 5 hours, you will enjoy the lunch with local foods.
After that you start a beautiful and leisurely mountainside ride along the old colonial road 6. It is a 25-kilometer ride to Moc Chau town, and the journey is at your own pace, usually taking about 3 hours. You arrive to a large and beautiful Thai village lying at the bottom of a limestone mountain. Time for a shower and some rest before dinner. Overnight in the stilt house of our gracious hosts.

DAY 2: HUA TAT – PA CO MARKET – MAI HICH – PU LUONG (B/L/D)

Breakfast. Transfer back to Mai Chau to visit one of the most interesting market in the region, Pa Co Market. The market is a small one that runs every Sunday in Pa Co village where local people, mostly H’Mong coming from the surrounding neighborhood to trade. The market starts early in the morning and finishes a couple of hours before noon. Then take a relaxing walk in the neighboring villages of Xa Linh. This short trip is worth every minute of your time from the great drive to the interaction with the local people of different tribes.

Then depart to Mai Hich. Mai Hich is a small village located in the South West of Mai Chau district. Walk through corn fields and rice fields, you can observe or even take part in daily cultivation activities of local people so as to discover the simple beauty of Thai culture. In addition, traveling along the Xia stream by bamboo ferry will bring more excitement!

After lunch in Mai Hich homestay, you leave our hosts and drive East for about 15 kilometers to Pu Luong Reserve. Overnight in special accommodation (Pu Luong Retreat).

DAY 3: PU LUONG – NINH BINH (B/L/-)

Breakfast. You will be transfered to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk 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. Trek through small paths shrouded 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!  Back to the retreat for lunch and relaxing.

Leave the Retreat for Ninh Binh. On the way, stop to visit to the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, recognized as a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO,  situated at Vinh Loc district, Thanh Hoa province. It was the capital of Vietnam from 1398 to 1407. The citadel of the Ho Dynasty is considered as the only stone citadel remaining in Southeast Asia and is one of the few remaining in the world.

Then continue to Ninh Binh, passing through the beautiful landscape with immense pineapple plantations. Arrive in Ninh Binh at about 6PM. Dinner by your own. Overnight at hotel.

DAY4: NINH BINH – HANOI (B/L/-)

After breakfast, you will enjoy an easy biking tour (about 2.5 km) through rural villages, limestone rocks and impressive rice towards Thung Nham. You will have the opportunity to admire a magnificent panorama view of the region that is considered the Halong Bay on land. A rowboat ride on a small river through 3 caves that give you the impression of being in a magical space. Inside the 3rd cave, there is a large stone resembling an elongated Buddha that brings luck, happiness and prosperity to man. This place is called the cave of Buddha.

Then landing for a walk (10 minutes) in the amount up to Thien Ha cave (Celestre River) where you will continue a boat ride inside the cave over 300 meters with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Back in the boat at the pier Thung Nham, then back to Tam Coc by bicycle for lunch.

In the afternoon, transfer to Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam for 41 years under the Dinh and Le dynasties (between 968 and 1009), to discover beautiful shrines dedicated to the Emperor Dinh and Le, the first ruler to unify the country. Aside from this important historical site, this region is also worth a visit for its rolling hills and picturesque rocky landscapes.  Transfer back to Hanoi.

DAY 1: HANOI – MAI CHAU (-/L/D)

08:00 Depart for Hoa Binh. Photo stops to admire the hills covered with tea plantations, rice paddies and dotted with limestone rocks. Visit a village market on the way. Continue to Mai Chau valley, through typical steps on the road to Dien Bien Phu, visiting authentic villages where you are greeted by the Thai ethnic groups living in houses on stilts. Lunch in a traditional house in the village Van. Then do an exciting bike tour to the villages of Van, Pomcong and Lat to discover the daily life of the Thai ethnic minority. Overnight in a hotel in Mai Chau.

DAY 2: MAI CHAU – PU LUONG (B/L/D)

Breakfast. Enjoy your time in the early morning in Mai Chau before transfer to next destination: Pu Luong Retreat. On arrival, you will be transfered to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk 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. Transfer back to Pu Luong Retreat for lunch.

In the afternoon, descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded 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! Overnight at Pu Luong Retreat.

Optional: you can enjoy rafting or kayaking on Cham river (with supplement)

DAY 3: PU LUONG – NINH BINH (B/L/-)

Breakfast. 8:00 Leave the Retreat for Ninh Binh. On the way, stop to visit to the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, recognized as a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO,  situated at Vinh Loc district, Thanh Hoa province. It was the capital of Vietnam from 1398 to 1407. The citadel of the Ho Dynasty is considered as the only stone citadel remaining in Southeast Asia and is one of the few remaining in the world.

Continue to Ninh Binh, passing through the beautiful landscape with immense pineapple plantations. Arrive in Ninh Binh at about 1PM. You will have lunch in local restaurant

Bike (about 2.5 km) through rural villages, limestone rocks and impressive rice towards Thung Nham. You will have the opportunity to admire a magnificent panorama view of the region that is considered the Halong Bay on land. A rowboat ride on a small river through 3 caves that give you the impression of being in a magical space. Inside the 3rd cave, there is a large stone resembling an elongated Buddha that brings luck, happiness and prosperity to man. This place is called the cave of Buddha.

Then landing for a walk (10 minutes) in the amount up to Thien Ha cave (Celestre River) where you will continue a boat ride inside the cave over 300 meters with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites . Back in the boat at the pier Thung Nham, then back to Tam Coc by bicycle. Dinner by your own. Overnight in hotel in Ninh Binh.

DAY 4: NINH BINH – HALONG (B/L/D)

Breakfast. 7:30: Depart Ninh Binh for the world famous Halong Bay, ‘the descending dragon’, a journey of approximately 3.5 hours. Listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, Ha Long Bay is a stunning limestone archipelago stretching over some 1500 square kilometers and comprising nearly 2000 islands. You will board our junk for a memorable cruise through the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ gliding gently past fishing communities and hidden cave systems. Lunch on board.

During our time on board , you will visit the ‘Cave of Surprises’, where you can marvel at strangely formed stalactites and stalagmites. After anchoring at a nearby beach you can go for a swim or climb to the top of Titop Island to get a panoramic view of the bay and surrounding islands. Dinner will be served with delicious local seafood on board, with other options available. Overnight on the junk.

Remark: Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions.

DAY 5: HALONG – HANOI (B/L/-)

After breakfast on board, continue your journey cruise through the breathtaking scenery of Bai Tu Long Bay. Brunch. After disembarking, transfer back to Hanoi or to Noi Bai airport for the flight to the next destination.

DAY 1: HANOI – MAI CHAU (-/L/D)

08:00 Depart for Hoa Binh. Photo stops to admire the hills covered with tea plantations, rice paddies and dotted with limestone rocks. Visit a village market on the way. Continue to Mai Chau valley, through typical steps on the road to Dien Bien Phu, visiting authentic villages where you are greeted by the Thai ethnic groups living in houses on stilts. Lunch in a traditional house in the village Van. Then do an exciting bike tour to the villages of Van, Pomcong and Lat to discover the daily life of the Thai ethnic minority. Overnight in a hotel in Mai Chau.

DAY 2: MAI CHAU – PU LUONG (B/L/D)

Breakfast. Enjoy your time in the early morning in Mai Chau before transfer to next destination: Pu Luong Retreat. On arrival, you will be transfered to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk 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. Transfer back to Pu Luong Retreat for lunch.

In the afternoon, descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded 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! Overnight at Pu Luong Retreat.

Optional: you can enjoy rafting or kayaking on Cham river (with supplement)

DAY 3: PU LUONG – NINH BINH (B/L/-)

Breakfast. 8:00 Leave the Retreat for Ninh Binh. On the way, stop to visit to the Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, recognized as a World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO,  situated at Vinh Loc district, Thanh Hoa province. It was the capital of Vietnam from 1398 to 1407. The citadel of the Ho Dynasty is considered as the only stone citadel remaining in Southeast Asia and is one of the few remaining in the world.

Continue to Ninh Binh, passing through  the beautiful landscape with immense pineapple plantations. Arrive in Ninh Binh at about 1PM. You will have lunch in local restaurant

Bike (about 2.5 km) through rural villages, limestone rocks and impressive rice towards Thung Nham. You will have the opportunity to admire a magnificent panorama view of the region that is considered the Halong Bay on land. A rowboat ride on a small river through 3 caves that give you the impression of being in a magical space. Inside the 3rd cave, there is a large stone resembling an elongated Buddha that brings luck, happiness and prosperity to man. This place is called the cave of Buddha.

Then landing for a walk (10 minutes) in the amount up to Thien Ha cave (Celestre River) where you will continue a boat ride inside the cave over 300 meters with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites . Back in the boat at the pier Thung Nham, then back to Tam Coc by bicycle. Dinner by your own. Overnight in hotel in Ninh Binh.

DAY 4: NINH BINH – KY SON VILLAGE – MOON GARDEN (B/L/D)

Breakfast at hotel. The trip starts at Phat Diem Cathedral, this is one of the most beautiful and unique cathedrals in Vietnam, it became the center of Catholicism in north Vietnam. Transfer back to Ninh Binh to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon transfer to Ky Son village. Arrive at Moon Garden Homestay in Ky Son village.  Welcome drink, you will be offered some kind of local tisane. Then you have free time to discover Moon garden home stay and Ky Son village by yourself.

18:00 Traditional, refreshing steam bath with fragrant herbs (Lemon grass, pomelo leaves, holy basil leaves).

19:15 Observe the evening Buddha worship.

19:30 Dinner; Then, enjoy your foot bath in warm water with ginger, salt and mugwort medicinal herbs before bedtime, which brings you a deeper sleep.

Overnight at Moon Garden Homestay

DAY 5: MOON GARDEN – HANOI (B/L/-)

07:00 Joining Yijinjing traditional exercises.

07:30 Breakfast.

08:30 You can have choice of a short ride of 6 km or a long ride of 12 km round trip:

Short ride:

Take a bicycle ride to discover the Ky SonTam Son, Van Minh, and Cham farming communities and stop at any home you like for a cup of tea. Visit the kindergarten (if open). Chat with local people about their daily life and farming. You can help with plowing or making rice beds, transplanting seedlings, harvesting rice (or cassava, corn, sweet potatoes…) depending on the harvest season.”

Long ride:

Take a bicycle ride with a local guide to discover the Ky Son, Tam Son, Van Minh, and Cham farming communities, Duong Lam ancient village and visit Mia PagodaMong Phu Communal House… Then bike ride back along the ritual paths of Thang Thac village to discover the Ngo Quyen tomb, Phung Hung temple.

11:00   Cooking class

12:30   Lunch

13:30   Hand Spa – Enjoy having your fingers dipped in a fragrant lime bowl and the traditional herbal hand massage. Then, free time: You can make yourself at home relaxing on the hammock in our garden, taking pictures with Vietnamese traditional clothes, chatting with people or further discovery around Ky Son village until your departure time for the next destination


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