Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong (170 km & 3-hours walk) (L, D)
8.00 am: Depart from your Hanoi hotel to Mai Chau. Daydream as we drive a safe route with spectacular views around every bend. Upon arrival at Poom Coom village in Mai Chau, we will take a short walk to visit the ethnic Thai people, then lunch will be served at a local home.
2.00 pm: Driving 20 km more to Pu Luong Natural Reserve then start a 2 to 3-hours walk through beautiful hillside villages, magnificent rice paddies, seeing handcrafted bamboo water wheels. The highlight on this walk is experiencing the beauty of Pu Luong Nature Reserve, the everyday life and culture of the white Thai people. Become a part of local life when we are welcomed as honored guests at a traditional Thai home on stilts. Here in Hang village we will have a traditional dinner and stay the night.
Day 2: Pu Luong (B, L, D)
It will be interesting for you to get up and observe, or even take part in their activities in the morning because the daily life here starts early, take an opportunity to stroll around Hang village before having breakfast served by Thai people, then at 8.00 am start our trek.
Today, we will be walking for approximately 5 to 6 hours. The first hiking is hard with some steep climbs and yet more stream crossing, the next is really glorious with beautiful views of the valley, rice terraces, rich rainforest, streams.
Picnic lunch on the way at Eo Ken village, arrival in Kho Muong – the setting of the village is perhaps the most beautiful in Vietnam. It is recommended to stroll around the village and join in as villagers go about their daily lives, or relax in one of the three-eco homestays superbly set up by FFI (Flora and Fauna International) in conjunction with local villages. Please be soft and nice, nature is just very lovely here. Arrival in Kho Muong village in the afternoon. Here we will spend our second night in a typical Thai eco – stilt house.
Day 3: Pu Luong – Thanh Hoa – Hanoi (B, L)
After having breakfast, start for an easy day trekking. We will continue on through the beautiful valley, unspoiled villages with a nice view, sure with many impressions. Relax from the heat of the day before continuing on to a village nestled between steep karts mountains and rice terraces. Arrive in a small town in Pho Doan market after 3-4 hrs trekking.
Short break for lunch in a local food stall in the town. Our driver will bring us to Canh Nang, follow 217 roads to Cam Thuy and back to Hanoi. Finish our trip at your hotel in Hanoi.
– Private round-trip transfer with A/C
– English speaking guide
– Meals as indicated
– Homestay permissions
– Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
– Travel insurance
– Personal expenses
What to brings:
– Change of clothes
– Sunglasses & hat
– Insect repellent
– Good shoes
– Personal first aid kit & medicines
– Small VND notes for buying drinks. If you feel the need then sleeping bags, cable lock for your bags is recommended
– Homestay condition is very basic
– Meals: Vietnam food