Located in Thanh Hóa Province, about 3 hours southwest of Hanoi,Pù Luông Nature Reserve would live up to most people’s image of an idyllic Vietnamese landscape and rural life. Jagged limestone mountains enclose a fertile river valley, dotted with small settlements of wooden houses on stilts. Luminous-green rice fields extend from the waters’ edge to the thickly-forested slopes, which are streaked with waterfalls. Women in conical hats tend the fields, men herd buffalo and goats from one pasture to another, and children play with domestic animals in earthy courtyards, or take turns jumping from bamboo bridges into rivers.
It appears – to the casual visitor, at least – to be a landscape where nature is entirely benevolent; a land so fertile that it sustains each household throughout the year. If you can imagine how an animated Disney movie set in rural Vietnam might look, then you get the idea – kind of like a Vietnamese Shangri-La.
Pu Luong Nature Reserve offers opportunities for easy to moderate trekking, ranging from one to several days visits. Visit the bat cave at Kho Muong, raft on Ma river, journey to pleasant Thai villages or camp on the Pu luong mountain for stunning panorama