Meaning the highest mountain, Pu Luong is one of the Northwest tourist attractions that appeal to many young people with the untouched beauty of the rainforest.
In the past, Pu Luong was only attractive to a small group of people in the exploration tourism community because it was difficult to reach. In recent years, Pu Luong is more famous because of the beautiful pictures of the Pu Luong Retreat resort shared on the internet.
To make it easier for you to explore Pu Luong, we'll share some necessary information for your reference.
Brief information about Pu Luong
Pu Luong Nature Reserve is located in Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa districts, in northwestern Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam, and 130 km northwest of Thanh Hoa city.
Primary forest in Pu Luong nature reserve is a seasonal evergreen tropical closed forest. The five main forest subtypes exist as a result of elevation diversity and substrate levels: lowland broadleaf forest on limestone mountains (60-700 m); lowland broadleaf forest on schist, sandstone and clay (60-1,000 m); broadleaf wood of limestone mountain foot (700-950 m); Coniferous forest of limestone mountain (700-850 m) and broadleaf leaf forest of Bazan mountain (1,000-1,650 m).
Protected areas also exist in secondary forest areas such as bamboo forests, shrubs, and agricultural land. Located not far from Cuc Phuong National Park, Pu Luong has a high similarity to flora and fauna compared to Cuc Phuong.
The two potential sites for exploitation in the resort are Son Ba Muoi (Lung Cao commune) and Pu Luong peak with 1,700 m height in Thanh Son commune area.
Best time to visit
As a highland area surrounded by ancient forests, the climate in Pu Luong is quite pleasant even among hot summer days.
At the end of May and early June, it is the occasion to start a new crop of rice, when the terraced fields wear green and gorgeous clothes.
September and October is the time when Pu Luong enters the season of ripe rice. All terraced fields on the hillside turn to bright yellow, making Pu Luong a flourished and dreamy beauty.
Mid-summer is also a good time to go to Pu Luong (although there might be the rain and storm). Because Pu Luong belongs to lowland limestone mountains and few inhabitants are living here, the atmosphere and weather in Pu Luong between summer days are still quite cooling.
Where to visit
Kho Muong village
Kho Muong is a valley located deep in the core zone of Pu Luong nature reserve, less affected by human impact, so it retains the essential wild and poetic features. It is home to 60 Thai ethnic households, with 230 inhabitants.
Kho Muong village is isolated from other communities in the region. From above, Kho Muong appears with a delicate beauty with stilt houses lying close to the foot of the mountain beside the rice fields. Surrounding the village is a vast green color of mountains and forests. All appear as a picture of heaven.
Coming to Kho Muong, visitors can admire the natural scenery, learn the culture and customs of the Thai ethnic people, immerse in the rural life, and enjoy the traditional dishes of the mountains and forest such as bamboo-tube rice, wild banana flower salad, corn wine, and boiled duck meat, etc.
Kho Muong cave
Kho Muong cave is one of those with attractive beauty in the population of caves discovered in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. The limestone stalactites formed about 250 million years ago have made this cave.
The cave has a connection with the underground river system which is about 2.5 km long to the north, bringing water from Kho Muong through Pon village in Lung Cao commune. The system of rivers and streams flowing in the cave is a common feature of the Karst rocky areas, which creates a connection between the valleys by the flow of the streams.
Don village is home to mainly Thai ethnic people with 285 people. In recent 2 years, domestic and foreign tourists come to Don village more and more. In here, travelers will have a chance to experience the peaceful space, beautiful natural landscape, and enjoy the specialties of indigenous people such as wild bamboo shoots, ducks, pigs, hill chickens, vegetables, etc.
Hieu village is a Thai village located on the bank of the Hieu stream originating from the Pu Luong peak. With each waterfall, the stilt houses create a dreaming scene as in the picture. From the beginning to the end of the village is only about one kilometer but there are 5 waterfalls, of which each one is beautiful and distinct. Therefore, people in the village call all the waterfalls Hieu waterfall.
With majestic nature and unique culture, Pu Luong promises to make your trip in Vietnam more fanciful and memorable than ever. Let’s come here and enjoy the peaceful space in nature.