The Pu Luong Nature Reserve was stablished in 1999 with an area of 17.662 ha, including 13.320 ha of high level of preservation and 4.343 ha of ecological restoration. The Pu Luong Nature Reserve is 130 km from Thanh Hoa city, and 200 km from Hanoi, it is situated in both Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc districts.
Beyond a pleasant climate all the year, Pu Luong is a worth nature reserve for science, ecomonic and ecotourism (unspoiled place for trekking and other tourist's related activities).
The intact tropical forests in Pu Luong are home of 598 species of animal of which are 51 rare animals ( 26 species of mammals, 162 varieties of birds and 55 native fish species, 28 types of reptiles and amphibians etc..(we will update the map where to find those species).
Pu Luong also provides habitat for bears, trachypithecus delacouri, chital, tibetan bears, Indochinese leopard, Asian golden cat.
Pu Luong together with Pu Hu, another watershed forest reserve are important sites in Thanh Hoa province.
Things to do in Pu Luong
Attractions: Kho Muong village, Pho Doan farmer's market, Son Ba Muoi, Hieu waterfall, Don village
Popular trekking routes
Don Village (the trekking start off point) - Uoi Village - Lan Village - Pho Doan Market - Son Ba Muoi (Lung Cao - trekking to Son Ba Muoi can be challenging, possibly the toughest trek in Pu Luong) see Map
Don Village - Bam Village near Pu Luong Eco Garden.
Uoi Village - Lan Village - Kho Muong village (visit Hang Doi Cave)
How to get to Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Currenty there is no bus route that connects Pu Luong to Thanh Hoa city or Hanoi the best way you take a tour or by riding motorbike.
By motorbike: It's a bad idea if you ride to Pu Luong at night from Hoa Binh.
Private Car Thanh Hoa - Pu Luong: The best way is to follow the route Highway - CT08 - Ho Chi Minh Road - then you have to option either turn right on QL15 or QL217 (some part under construction)
An alternative route by bus from Hanoi (My Dinh Bus Station) to Canh Nang town (drop-off point at a fork) and then you take a ride by Xe Om (about 20 km and it costs 150 -200k). Or take a bus to Mai Chau (20km from Pu Luong) stay there a night and rent a motorbike ( or bike) to explore Pu Luong the next day.
Where to stay in Pu Luong
Homestay is the cheapest option, you get close to the local life eat authentic local food.
Resorts offer luxury stay (Pu Luong Eco Garden, Pu Luong Retreat)
What to eat in Pu Luong
While in homestay they offer breakfast (20-30k) and dinner (70k-100k), you'd be better to prepare some snacks before you get here. Personally I'm not that interested with dishes in Pu Luong.
Travel Gears to Pack for your Pu Luong trip
Powerful LED Pocket Flashlight
Best time to visit Pu Luong is May & June, in summer, and september & october.
Pu Luong in Thai language means the highest mountain.
Nearby: Ban Lac Village, Citadel of The Ho Dynasty, Cam Luong Fish Stream (Stream Fish god)
Pu Luong Nature Reserve's Map
|Bus operator by Name||From Hanoi||Canh Nang town (for Pu Luong)||Fare|
|Hoàng Phương (0973737778)||My Dinh Bus Station (8 AM, 11 AM, 12 AM, 2 PM, 5 PM||Pending||120,000 VND|
- Ba Thuoc, Thanh Hoa