The Pu Luong Nature Reserve, belonging to Cuc Phuong mountain range, the largest remaining area of lowland limestone forest in the northern Vietnam, is an important example of Limestone Karst, ecosystems renowned for their complexity, richness and beauty.
To reach Pu Luong Nature Reserve, travelers can either book a private car with driver in Hanoi or take the public bus which leave My Dinh bus station daily. Most of travelers travel from Hanoi to Mai Chau. The road transfer takes about four hours. Upon their arrival in Mai Chau village, they make a stop for lunch before heading towards Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
There is a wide selection of trekking tours can be arranged in Pu Luong Nature Reserve ranging from the overnight trek to the 5-day trek. Based on trip length and guest special interest, different ethnic villages and hiking trails are added to the packaged tour. The two-day tour usually includes a car transfer from Mai Chau to Sai village where trekkers start their overnight hike through local Thai hamlets, rice fields before being picked up again and transferred back to Hanoi via Mai Chau. The longer treks offer the opportunity to begin the tour in Sai village near Mai Chau and ends up in Pho Doan townlet where the car is ready for the journey back to Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh trail.
Pu Luong trekking tours used to be provided with English-speaking tour guide, car transfers, homestay, meals, local porters, trekking equipments. During the hike travelers will share the house with the host with private bedding setup. They sleep on wooden or bamboo floor. Soft mattress and mosquito net are provided on the spot. Although hot water is available, the life conditions are very simple and limited. Those who wish having a luxury, comfortable trek should not book a Pu Luong trekking package.
If you are about to make a trek to Pu Luong Nature Reserve in December, we recommend you booking the trekking package as soon as possible since December falls into the high travel season. Lots of foreign tourists come and travel in Vietnam during this month, especially during the period Christmas and New Year Eve (December 24th – January 2nd). There may not be many people who are interested in the same Pu Luong trekking tour. Therefore, there are not so many knowledgeable, experienced tour guides who will be free at the last minute in December. As an experienced tour guide at Lotussia Travel, I recommend you booking the trekking package several months in advance to make sure that you get a good arrangement.
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