Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Another new famous site in Northern Vietnam is Pu Luong Nature Reserve – a village home of the White Thai, Black Thai, and Muong Ethnic Minority communities. The scenery is well-known for large rice terraces and floating clouds like Sapa but much less touristic. This is a great location for hiking and hard trek through the forest and experience the simple life.
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong. (L, D) 180km
07:45 – 08:15 = Pick-up at Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
10:00 = Short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).
11:45 = Visit a local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority to learn about their daily life and customs; enjoy the beautiful scenery of Thung Khe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).
12:30 = Arrive in Mai Chau Valley for lunch. (Vegetarian is available).
13:30 – 15:30 = Visit the real local Thai traditional Stilt House before cycling to visit villages of the Thai Ethnic Minority and learn about their daily life and culture. Stop by the handcraft village to learn about weaving in their traditional way and support them by buying their local products.
16:00 = Board the van to go to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. (45km away from main tourist Lac Village).
17:00 – 19:00 = Check-in to your Homestay – Free time for walking around the village or have a shower.
19:00 = Dinner at the Homestay and enjoy some homemade rice wine with the family.
DAY 2: Hard Trek and Explore the Doi Cave in Kho Muong Village – Hanoi. (B, L)
07:30 – 08:30 = Breakfast at the Homestay.
08:30 – 12:00 = Tour guide leads you on the trek to visit the beautiful Kho Muong Village and Cave. A village hidden deep in the Reserve’s mountain range. Explore the huge limestone Karst Cave with giant stalagmites. (About 7.5km).
12:30 = Check-out and have lunch.
14:00 = Board the van to go back to Mai Chau and transfer back to Hanoi by bus.
19:30 = Arrive in Hanoi Old Quarter, drop you off at your Hotel.
-All your accommodation.
-Fun activities, bicycles.
-Friendly and passionate local guides.
-Meals mentioned in the tour itinerary.
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