Hanoi Mai Chau Puluong (5 Days)Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The five-day Pu Luong nature reserve trek takes you to Mai Chau and villages of the Thai and the Muong in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Begin your 5-day adventure vacations with a car transfer from Hanoi to Mai Chau valley where you make a short stop for lunch before starting the 5-day hike through Thai, Muong hamlets, rice paddy fields to the center of the nature reserve. You spend nearly four days trekking from village to village among in the local Thai community, sleep in local Thai stilt house, eat local food. The hiking trail is easy with few climbs up and down hill. The best time to do this trek will be the dry season or while people are harvesting rice. The hike does not require much of preparation and can be offered to elder, young or children.
Day 1 Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature Reserve (L,D)
7:00 a.m: you will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi (please advise your hotel name). Depart for Mai Chau. You will travel through Hoa Binh town and arrive in Poom Coong village, Mai Chau at about 10:30. You will take a short walk around Lac and Poom Coong village to visit the ethnic Thai people.Lunch will be served at local home in Poom Coong village. After lunch, you will then leave Mai Chau for a short drive south-west along the Ma River (22km). You will be dropped off at Sai village, Pu Luong Nature Reserve where you will begin the four-day trek through different Thai and Muong villages.You will trek through outstanding mountain scenery and picturesque rice paddies. You may wish to talk with friendly local villagers. You will spend the night in a local Thai family’s traditional house on stilts in Hang village.
Day 2: Trek Hang village - Eo Ken village – Pa Ban village – Kho Muong village (B,L,D)
After your simple breakfast, provided in the local stilt house. You will start the day at 8:00 am. Today you will be walking for an approximately 5 to 6 hours. The first section is hard with some steep climbs and stream crossings. The second stage is glorious with beautiful views of the valley, rice terraces, rich rain forests.
Picnic lunch will be provided on the way at Eo Ken village.
Around lat afternoon, you will arrive in Kho Muong village. The village is nestled between steep karst mountains with rice terraces in the afternoon sun. You will have dinner and spend the second night in a typical Thai stilt house in Kho Muong village.
Day 3: Trek Kho Muong village – Ban Pon village – Ban Nua village – Ban Hin village (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you will trek to Hin village (5 - 6 hours). On this hiking trail you will encounter some steep climbs and more stream crossings. Along the way you will have the opportunity to visit an incredible cave, only recently discovered and now protected by the Forest Rangers.
The trekking will become more and more remote although one is never that far from a villager tending their fields. You will pass by steep limestone mountains and curiosity conjuring caves, through the dense rain forests all inside the borders of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve and onto Nua village.
You lunch will be served en route.
After lunch, you continue trekking to Hin village of the Thai people. Have dinner and spend the night in a local house.
Day 4: Hike Hin village to Son village
Ater breakfast, provided in the homestay, you will start the full day trek to Son village. Climbing up hardly, you will get in deeper inside the Pu luong Nature Reserve with wild and rich tropical forest.
Lunch will be provided on the way.
After lunch, you will continue your trek passing through other hill tribe villages. Arriving in the homestay, you may want to take a break or to stroll round this village before having dinner and spending the night in the homstay.
Day 5: Trek to Ton village. Return Hanoi.
After breakfast, you will trek for some kilometers to Ton village. Today you will have a nice and easier trek, just a bit up and downhill through rice paddies. After about two hour and a half, you will arrive in Ton village. You will be picked up again by your Lotussia driver and transferred back to Hanoi. Upon your arrival in Hanoi, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi. The end of Lotussia Travel service (hotel accommodation in Hanoi: own arrangements).