Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Pu Luong Nature Reserve - Thanh Hoa

Pu Luong Nature Reserve covers an area of 17,662 hectares in the districts of Quan Hoa and Ba Thuoc, Thanh Hoa Province. Pu Luong is 130km from Hanoi via Ho Chi Minh Road, 40km from Mai Chau District of Hoa Binh Province and 110km north-west of Thanh Hoa Provincial Capital.
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Mountains at Pu Luong Nature Reserve
 
According to a research in 1997, Pu Luong is home to 59 mammal species, 162 bird species, 28 reptile species and 13 amphibian species, of which many are listed as endangered species such as  Delacour's langurs (White-rumped black leaf monkeys), black gibbons, tigers,..
 
In the nature reserve, there is a rich floral system composed of over 1,100 species belonging to 152 families, of which many are listed in Vietnam's Red Book. The biggest family of these is orchid family with 160 species.
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Forests at Pu Luong
 
Pu Luong Nature Reserve is basically an area in between two high mountain ranges running in parallel from north to south for 40-50km. The highest peak is Pu Luong Mountain which is 1,700m above sea level. In between the mountain ranges are villages of the ethnic Thai People. The Thai live in houses on stilts and cultivate their rice in terraces around the village. There is a system of streams and rivers crisscrossing Pu Luong to provide abundant water to the ecosystem and to the local communities.
 
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Hill tribe village at Pu Luong
 
On one side, along the mountains, there is a dirt road running the full length of Pu Luong from north to south. The road offers scenic mountain scenery and is great for motorbike or a mountain biking adventures. 

On the other side is a system of trails that offers daunting trekking tours to explore the wilderness of the nature reserve. The trekking trails offer breathtaking views of the valleys and rices terraces from above. There are villages scattered in the nature reserve which provide homestay, so that your adventure through the wild of Pu Luong is also a cozy cultural experience.

 
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Homestay at Pu Luong
 
Pu Luong has four seasons per year. The Nature Reserve receives most rainfall during the summer and autumn months (May-October). When it is wet, some roads and trails in Pu Luong may become impassable. In the lowland area of the nature reserve, the temperatures may get up to 40 Degrees Celsius in the summer and drop down to 5-6 Degrees Celsius in the winter. On the higher altitude mountain slopes, the temperatures are more temperate.
 
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Ho Chi Minh Road that you can travel to Pu Luong from Hanoi
 
 Pu Luong Nature Reserve as of writing is off the tourist track and visiting the region you are likely not to encounter other tourists. Paradissa arranges trekking adventure holidays and bicycle trips through Pu Luong for 1-5 days.

On these tours, we trek for 5-6 hours per day on trails through the forests and on karst mountains. At night, we stay with local Thai people in their traditional houses on stilts. Our hosts also prepare the meals for us, so that we have enough energy for the adventure the next day. On these tours, we have an adventure guide traveling with you from Hanoi and another guide who comes from a village in Pu Luong. By engaging the local communities in local tourism, Paradissa hope to contribute to the preservation of the local culture and protection of the natural environment at Pu Luong. In the long terms, this would help to keep our travellers' trips to Pu Luong to remain authentic experiences.

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Scene along the road to Pu Luong from Hoa Binh Province