Hiking Mai Chau Pu Luong features 4-day hiking Mai Chau valley and Pu Luong Nature Reserve, norhwest Vietnam.
Mai Chau is a sunny valley, which is about 140 km from Hanoi. The valley is famous for stunningly beautiful limestone formation, charming stilt-houses of White Thai ethnic group, and green rice fields surrounding small villages. The scenic valley of Mai Chau provides an excellent base for light trekking or leisurely cycling tour.
About 30 km from Mai Chau, Pu Luong is one of Vietnam’s nature reserves. This Nature Reserve is also living place of Muong and Thai ethnic groups, who built serene villages all over the areas. Pu Luong is among a few “off the beaten path” places in northern Vietnam, which receives recommendations from adventure lovers.
Setting in the similar tropical forest and limestone formations, Mai Chau and Pu Luong have become a great destination for cultural hiking trips from Hanoi. Our Hiking Mai Chau Pu Luong features hiking along rice paddy fields, forest, and Thai’s homestay accommodations.
HIKING MAI CHAU PU LUONG’S ITINERARY
DAY 1: HANOI - MAI CHAY VALLEY
Depart from your hotel in Hanoi on a private car for 4 hours drive to Mai Chau valley, which is about 150 km northwest of Hanoi. The morning drive will quickly get us away from the crowded city to charismatic the scenery of rice paddy outskirt, then enter the towering mountains of the northwest. Upon arrival in the picturesque Mai Chau valley, we will be greeted by our host family at a traditional Thai stilts-house.
In the afternoon, we cycle through charming villages nearby and explore the idyllic natural surroundings. The cycling is great and the views as we got higher are breathtaking. Dinner at homestay, served by our host family. (L, D)
DAY 2: MAI CHAY VALLEY - HANG VILLAGE
After breakfast, we’ll walk around Lac and Poom Cong villages to better understand the local living style of White Thai people in this tourist area. Depending on the day of the week, visit Mai Chau Market in the town.
In the afternoon, we leave Mai Chau valley for 22km drive. This afternoon we will hike from the forest entrance to Pu Luong Nature Reserve, and the hike is approximately 3 hours on easy hiking trail. We will arrive in Hang Village around 5pm, where we spend the night with an other local Thai family. We can stroll around the village to observe daily life activities of the locals before dinner. (B, L, D)
DAY 3: HANG VILLAGE - KHO MUONG VILLAGE
This morning, you may want to rise up early and follow the local people to their rice fields, and learn how they earn leaving in such a remote area. After breakfast, we start a real hiking day. Today’s hiking is about 6 hours, we will hike from Hang Village to Kho Muong Village, which is 17km, mostly on single trails.
There are some steep climbs, and stream crossings. But the reward is beautiful scenery along our way through tropical forest of Pu Luong Nature Reserve, and we will see many Thai and Muong villages nestling between steep limestone mountains and farming hills. About 2 hours hiking after our picnic lunch, we arrive in Kho Muong Village, where we’ll rest and overnight at a Thai family. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: KHO MUONG - PHO DOAN - HANOI
Wake up early to the sound of chickens, ducks, and children preparing for school. Enjoy the serene morning of this isolated valley with an early morning walk around the village and the rice fields in front of our homestay.
This morning, we will hike about 3 hours through the forest to Ma River, the hike is quite gentle since we descend a wide-open valley. After 2-hour hike, we will reach Pho Doan Town, where you can visit the busy Pho Doan Market if it falls into Sunday.
Followed by our lunch at a local stilts house, keep hiking to Ma River, we will see nice view of river, paddies and water wheel on the way. We will be picked up and transferred to Hanoi. Our Hiking Mai Chau Pu Luong ends at your hotel in Hanoi around late afternoon. (L, D)
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What HIKING MAI CHAU PU LUONG is like
HIKING MAI CHAU PU LUONG is rated level 4 - Moderate to Strenuous, the trip features 4-6 hours hiking in 4 days (about 3 hours cycling on first day). The trip also features basic accommodation, as it's best offered by local conditions, and mountainous terrain.
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