Pu Luong

Pu Luong Nature Reserve Highlights - Vietnam Travel guide A-Z

Pu Luong Panorama - An Off-the-beaten-path place in Vietnam

Located only a half-day drive (~160 km) from Hanoi, the Pu Luong Nature Reserve is an excellent place to get back to nature. An extensive network of trekking, cycling and motorbiking trails lead to deep into the Vietnam jungle and many ethnic minority villages.

The Nature Reserve was established in 1999, and protected an area of 17, 662 ha. The karst landscapes have made the reserve an interesting area for exploration and study. Some of the fauna in the area include the clouded leopard, spotted deer, bears, as well as many species of monkeys and bats. The area has also become increasingly popular with birds.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve is 25 km from Cuc Phuong National Park. It’s connected to the tail of Cuc Phuong National Park with two rows of gray limestone mountains running parallel. In the middle are rice valleys. North and northeast of Pu Luong reserve is adjacent to Mai Chau , Tan Lac and Lac Son of Hoa Binh province. Stretching from the west to the south of the reserve is the Ma River. It’s begin from the border point of Quan Hoa district to Mai Chau district ( Hoa Binh province). ) through Quan Hoa town down near Canh Nang town (Ba Thuoc ).

Primary forest in Pu Luong nature reserve is a seasonal evergreen tropical closed forest. The five main forest subtypes exist as a result of elevation diversity and substrate levels: lowland broadleaf forest on limestone mountains (60–700 m); lowland broadleaf forest on schist, sandstone and clay (60-1,000 m); broad leaf forest of limestone mountain foot (700–950 m); Coniferous forest of limestone mountain (700–850 m) and broadleaf leaf forest of Bazan mountain (1,000 – 1,650 m). The reserve also has secondary forest cover. Such as bamboo forest, shrubs and agricultural land. Located not far from Cuc Phuong National Park. Pu Luong has a high similarity to flora and fauna compared to Cuc Phuong.

The two potential sites for exploitation into the resort are Son Ba Muoi (Lung Cao commune) and Pu Luong peak with 1,700 m height in Thanh Son commune area.

The Thai ethnic minority are the primary group to inhabit Pu Luong, although there is a very small population of Muong. Their villages of traditional stilt homes are easily spotted among the rice paddies.

Pu Luong Travel Map

Pu Luong Must See And Do

Pu Luong must do

  • Stay off the beaten track and hike the unspoiled beauty of Pu Luong Nature Reserve from village to village.
  • Experience a night at a homestay of the Thai people. Drink the local rice wine and dance one of their traditional dances with your host.
  • Biking around the nature reserve
  • Trekking
  • Raffling
  • See waterfall and water wheel

Pu Luong must see


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Pu Luong, Vietnam Must See – Pu Luong Nature Reserve map.

Kho Muong village

On the journey to the majestic Pu Luong peak. There is a very pristine and rustic valley called Kho Muong. This is one of the most difficult and highland villages of Thanh Son commune, Ba Thuoc district. But it’s great potential for natural conditions and cultural traditions to develop community tourism.

Kho Muong is a valley located deep in the core zone of Pu Luong nature reserve. It’s less affected by human impact, so it retains its inherent wild and poetic features. This is home to 60 Thai households, with 230 people. Kho Muong village is separated from other villages in the region, about 2km from Thanh Son Commune People’s Committee. But the road to the village is not easy. The bumpy road is a challenge for many people who like to explore here.

Looking down from above, Kho Muong appeared with a beautiful beauty. Epecially the houses on stilts are located close to the foot of the mountain in the fields of rice, corn and cassava. Surrounding the village is a vast green color of mountains and forests.

Thanks to what nature has favored, people know how to invest in building spacious houses to welcome tourists to visit. Coming to Kho Muong, visitors can admire the natural scenery, experience, learn the culture and customs of the Thai ethnic people, immerse in the rustic life, enjoy the traditional dishes of mountains and forests. Such as Com lam, banana flower mannequin, bitter soup, corn wine…


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Pu Luong Must See – Kho Muong tribal village view.

Kho Muong cave

Kho Muong Cave is one of the caves with attractive beauty in the population of caves discovered in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. The limestone stalactites formed about 250 million years ago. The cave has a connection with the underground river system with a length of about 2.5 km. The river and stream system that flows in the cave is a common feature of the Kart rocky areas, which creates a connection between the valley by the flow of the streams.

Kho Muong Cave is also home to many bats. There are 4 species of bats reside in this cave at different times of the year. Going deeper into the cave, visitors will be able to see and admire stone blocks and stalactites with strange shapes. Such as human figures, trees, beast… full of different colors, blurry, all appear very vivid and unique. Entering a deep corner in the cave also has a very wide open field that looks like a natural volleyball court. This is one of the most highlights of the bat cave.


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Pu Luong See – Kho Muong Cave.

Don Village

Don Village, the home of Thai ethnic people with population of 285 people (80 households). About 2 years ago, domestic and foreign tourists came to Don village more and more. Ban Don has peaceful space, beautiful natural landscape. But also enjoy the specialties of indigenous people. Such as: bamboo shoots, grass ducks, wild pigs, hill chickens,… especially the scenery and hospitality of the local people.

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Pu Luong Must See – Don Tribal Village.

Son Ba Muoi village

Son Ba Muoi is 3 upland villages of Lung Cao commune. It is about 130 km northwest of the city center and is considered a miniature Sa Pa due to the year-round temperate climate, the average temperature in the year is from 18 – 22 degrees Celsius, sometimes the winter has snow, Summer night temperatures si also very low.

Son Ba Muoi is also known as Cao Son. It’s located on the top of Pha He, Pha Chien mountain ranges, running parallel to the majestic Pu Luong – Cuc Phuong mountain circuit. Cao Son belongs to the core zone of Pu Luong Nature Reserve and is adjacent to Ngoc Son – Ngo Luong Nature Reserve of Hoa Binh.

In particular, Son Ba Muoi is quite isolated from the outside, so far. There are many traditions of ancient Thai people, the stilt houses still retain the traditional mark, clearly showing the peculiarities not affected by those. Modern architecture from outside doped.


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Pu Luong Must See – Son Ba Muoi tribal village.

Hieu Village

Ban Hieu is a Thai village located on the bank of the Hieu stream. It’s originating from the Pu Luong peak. The village consists of more than a hundred rooftops scattered along both sides of the stream. Every time there is a beautiful waterfall, the floor roofs are thicker, creating a waterfall scene – a beautiful house on stilts. Both streams from the beginning of the village to the end of the village are only about kilometers. But there are 5 waterfalls, every waterfall is beautiful. Therefore, the people in the village called all the waterfalls as the Hiêu waterfall and loved to call that stream with the name “Hiêu stream”.


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Pu Luong, Vietnam Must See – Hieu tribal village waterfall.

Doan Town  Market

Doan street is the name of the market from the French colonial period in Lung Niep commune, Ba Thuoc district, Thanh Hoa province. This is the place to trade goods and meet the people of Kinh, Muong and Thai ethnic groups in the communes around the region with people in Tan Lac and Lac Son districts … Hoa Binh province.

What makes the attraction for tourists when visit the market is the culture of buying and selling goods with equal value. Sometimes, they do not trade in money, for example a chicken can exchange for two dozen eggs with a bunch of vegetables that both sides feel comfortable and happy. Just “a belly” is buying right away, rarely seeing the price, demanding.

Tom Village

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Pu Luong, Vietnam Must See – Water Wheel in Tom Village.

Pu Luong Culture and Art


Pu Luong Food and Drink

Food at Pu Luong is quite simple, most of the delicious food in Pu Luong will be enjoyed immediately at your homestay. People will prepare all these dishes according to the number of your groups, the fish meat is presented on the tray of leaves (leaf leaves), can be eaten with rice or sticky rice. Pu Luong cuisine will bring the distinct characteristics of Thai cuisine with grilled dishes, items, and spices with many mountains flavors.

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