In your Central Vietnam group tour, you should not miss Pu Luong – the most attractive site in Thanh Hoa. This destination will give you the most interesting Pu Luong tours with various attractions, such as splendid nature, impressive foods, unique culture, special habits, and customs. Today’s article will suggest you some of the best attractions that you must visit and try at least once when visiting Pu Luong.
Best time to visit Pu Luong
Pu Luong is located in two districts of Thanh Hoa province, namely Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa. It’s placed in the west of this province, about 130km away from Thanh Hoa city and 25km from Cuc Phuong National Park. In the language of Thai ethnic group, the name of this site means the highest mountain in the region. It is estimated that Pu Luong is a valuable nature reserve for not only ecotourism but also socio-economy and science.
The best time for Pu Luong trekking tours is from May to June when Pu Luong is in the transplanting season. When visiting Pu Luong at that time, you can see a wonderful scene of picturesque green terrace surrounded by lush forests. Having cool and mild weather, Pu Luong is the best option to enjoy for your summer vacation in Central Vietnam.
Or else, you can visit Pu Luong in September or October, when this site welcomes the harvest season. In the cool weather of the beginning of Autumn, enjoy a beautiful sight of the terrace field turning into yellow, breathe the fresh air and smell the gentle fragrance of rice in a romantic scenery of pretty mountain villages, you’ll have unforgettable Pu Luong tours.
Things to do in Pu Luong
Conquer Pu Luong mountain peak
The first destination in your Pu Luong tours should be the highest mountain in this site – Pu Luong Mount. The height of this mount is over 1700 meters. Standing on the top of this mount, you can see the whole view of this land, from pretty village on the mountain foot to picturesque terrace field surrounded by green forests or beautiful flowers in the peaceful valley. Moreover, you can feel really excited and proud when overcoming a lot of hardship and tiredness to conquer this mount like a winner.
Explore Son – Ba – Muoi
The next stop in your trekking tour in Pu Luong is an out-of-the-way place. This “heaven in heavens” is known as Son – Ba – Muoi Upper Mountains. Although the departure to this site is quite difficult, the natural scenery here won’t disappoint you. After getting through four mountain villages of Nua, Trinh, Hin, Bo and many vertically sloping paths, you will reach a stunning scene of this heaven.
Visit Kho Muong Valley
Kho Muong is a pristine valley in the buffer zone of Pu Luong Nature Reserve. From the air, this valley looks very beautiful and modest with small villages of houses on stilts lying on the mountain foot. Most of these houses are roofed with straw and palm leaves. These traditional houses have cowsheds under the floor, and family’s members live above to avoid dangerous animals like wolves or tigers. In front of these houses, there are terraces sloping gently.
The pretty villages are embraced and protected in lush forests. In addition to picturesque sights and majestic nature, you can explore many mysterious caves with totally natural stalactites.
Visit Hieu village’s waterfall
The splendid waterfall in Hieu mountain village is the next destination you should drop in and visit in your trekking tour to Pu Luong. On the way from Don Town to this mountain village, tourists can see a lot of water wheels on streams or rivers – a unique feature of Thai ethnic people living in Pu Luong. Going through a suspension bridge and a slope to reach the hill, you will feel really excited when seeing the splendid waterfall of Hieu village flowing harmoniously.
Don Town’s kermis
If you visit Pu Luong on Thursday or Sunday, you can bump into and take part in Don Town’s kermis – one of the best tourist attractions of Pu Luong. Visiting this kermis, you can see the most traditional features of a mountainous local market of ethnic groups living in the West of Thanh Hoa.
This local market is a meeting place where people in Pu Luong or other regions come to exchange, sell and buy local or homemade products such as brocades, wild vegetables, fresh fruits, canned alcohol, insects, etc. An impressive and interesting fact is that they exchange products at par. Sometimes, they don’t use money in trading. They get a chicken in charge of 20 eggs and a bunch of wild vegetables, for instance, as long as they feel happy and satisfied with it.
In the early morning, people in small remote villages around this site carry a big papoose of their products and walk to the market. Sometimes, they go there not only for trading but also for meeting each other and exchanging or chatting about their lives, works, harvest, interesting events, and so on. Thus, it can be said that Don Town’s kermis is a center of cultural exchange which helps remain the traditional lifestyle of many ethnic groups in Pu Luong.
Pu Luong has a lot of attractions for you – a Vietnam tour operator – to enjoy and explore. When visiting Thanh Hoa, remember to stop over in this site and enjoy a wonderful adventure tour.