Terraced fields can be considered as a “specialty” of the uplands of Vietnam, especially Mu Cang Chai, Y Ty, Sa Pa, Hoang Su Phi … are located in the northern mountains. But few people know that Thanh Hoa – a neighbouring province of ninh binh vietnam – also has a golden season, shimmering in the sunshine of September, it is Pu Luong.
Overview of Pu Luong
Pu Luong Nature Reserve is located about 130 km northwest of Thanh Hoa city, in Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc districts. Although it has been a “potential land” for the visitors to explore, the terraced fields, wild mountains and simple houses nestled on the hillside of Pu Luong retain the pristine nature of Highlander.
Pu Luong travel is most suitable to ride motorcycles because the road is Bazan soil, difficult to go. From Hanoi, you can follow the direction of Ban Lac Village, Mai Chau to Co Luong, Dong Dam, then turn to 15C road running along the Ma river to Pu Luong. Also coming from Thanh Hoa City, it should go up north-west, go along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, through Cam Thuy Town to Canh Nang Town to continue on the road 15C to Pu Luong.
Pu Luong Nature Reserve is a nature reserve, tropical forests of Vietnam, so there are very few tours and professional services. You can bring your tents, camping or stay in the homestay or hotels with affordable services in a place where the commercialization is not so much.
The beauty of Pu Luong
Visitors here are mostly young people, tourists love to explore and experience in nature. To Pu Luong, everyone will be impressed with the pristine beauty of Pu Luong, especially the terraced fields stretching and primary forest hidden in early fog.
The most beautiful thing is the golden season – in September – the harvest season covered by the golden color of rice on the terraced fields on the hillsides, decorating the primitive green carpet of Pu Luong, indicating the warmth in simple and rustic stilts.
The rice terraces as golden as rippling carpet to the rhythm of the wind, making Pu Luong become a rare excellent picture of the country. Moreover, you can experience the exciting activities of Pu Luong.
Things to do in Pu Luong
The most often referred to as the journey from Dong Dieng to conquer the peak Pu Luong high above 1,700m, a strange experience when standing on the peak of Pu Luong is that you can admire to the vast valley below, enjoy the beautiful scenery that no word can describe completely. Although quite risky, it is worth to try once to Pu Luong.
You can reach Pu Luong on another way. The trip to Son – Ba – Muoi is another interesting experience, you have to go through Nua, Trinh, Hin and Bo village, across the steep mountain line to reach the place like the paradise of the golden season in Pu Luong, peaceful and poetic scenery.
For those who love trekking, Pu Luong is an ideal place. You will come from Kho Muong – where there are majestic landscapes and mysterious caves, then walk through four villages: Pon – Thanh Cong – Cao Hoong – Kit to learn customs and culture. Or follow the trail connecting Kho Muong to Ban Ooi village – Pho Doan to peaceful Quan village.
Some other places such as Hieu waterfall with many water wheel typical of the Thai people, Pho Dau market which only opens on Thursday or Sunday … also make visitors fascinated. Do not forget to enjoy Thai dance, fun singing in the evening campfire in Pu Luong.
Visitors coming with ninh binh daily tours, after enjoy all the beauty of Halong Bay on land tour, can continue the charm of the golden season inThanh Hoa.