Pu Luong Nature Reserve - An interesting place to visit

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If you want to escaped the bustle of city life and visit a place where armed with undulating terraces fading out to the horizon, majestic mountainous backdrop, fantastic waterfalls and great taste of remote life and cuisine, Pu Luong Nature Reserve is a perfect choice. Pu Luong Nature Reserve is a recommented best package Northern tour which is definitely off-the-beaten-path.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve  - Pu Luong proposed nature reserve is located in Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc districts, in north-western Thanh Hoa province. To the north-east, the nature reserve is bordered by Mai Chau, Tan Lac and Lac Son districts, Hoa Binh province.

Come to enjoy breathtaking scenery, marvelous waterfalls, the water- wheel, special food such as Co Lung duck, sticky rice, etc.. There are also crooked trails and the road is much adventurous as the road in Northern. Take a break from hiking through terraces and immerse into nature when visiting waterfalls. The high roadside location is breezy and is a great spot for tourists to take photograph.

For the best backpacking experience in Pu Luong, drive through valley to Co Luong village which is well known as bamboo chopsticks home-factories. Continue and stop by Thai village of Ban Lac where you can taste original wines, explore indigenous culture and beautiful paddy rice. Make your stay at Mai Chau Ecolodge which is teeming with unique-style bungalow and sensory comfort. Spend more time to go to neighbor areas such as Ban Kit, Ban Cao Hong, Kho Muong, Cuc Phuong National park.

You should visit Pu Luong in the two most beautiful periods of the year: May- June or September – October. The time of May- June is the start of a new crop of rice, you can see green rice fields interwoven with yellow ripe rice fields, enjoy the cool air in the summer or the light mist in the early morning. September- October is the best time of ripening rice, the peaceful mountain suddenly becomes brilliant, rich, nature and seems to be covered with a attractive yellow color.

In order to reach Pu Luong, you should travel by motorbike, as the roads to the village are narrow and very protruding, just enough for two motorcycles to transport, and cars can not move. Therefore, Pu Luong is known as a tourist destination with many challenges for backpackers.

There are two ways to reach Pu Luong. The first one is to go through Mai Chau and Lac village, then ask for the road to Highway 15ºC to come to Pu Luong. The second way is to go from Thanh Hoa, through Cam Thuy then turn to highway 15ºC to Pu Luong. Since there are two access roads from both sides, when going to Pu Luong, young people often go on a road and return on another one, because there are many places to visit along the way. If you have time, you should visit Cam Thuy fish stream. Or, when passing Van Dinh, let’s visit Quan Son if it’s in lotus season because Quan Son is a beautiful lotus pond.

Add the Pu Luong Nature Reserve to the list of destinations in your vacation in Vietnam  to discover nature as well as have a unique experience in this beautiful country.

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