Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
Price from: $198
Trek through Mai Chau and Pu Luong nature reserve – a stunning valley with a backdrop of limestone, mountains and looming presence of Mount Pu Luong. Hike along village paths through Thai villages and be greeted as honored guests as is Thai tradition. You will have amazing feelings to hear chicken’ songs at midnight…
Day 1: Hanoi – Maichau – Puluong park (-/L/D)
Meet our guide at your hotel in Hanoi.
Depart for Pu Luong Natural Reserve. This scenic drive takes around four hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. Following lunch in Poom Coong village we drive further into the reserve where we begin our trek. We trek for approximately three hours before arriving at the Thai village of Hang.
We spend the night with a local Thai family who will be our host in a traditional house on stilts. Whilst enjoying their hospitality we will discover a little more about their lives and culture.
Day 2: Trekking from Hang village to Kho Muong village (B/L/D)
Today we will walk for about six hours. Along the way we pass through several Thai villages and hamlets before arriving at the village of Kho Muong. As the name suggests this is a Muong minority village and we will be their guests for the night.
Day 3: Pu Luong - Hang Kia Village (B/L/D)
Morning hike to explore a recently discovered and fascinating cave. Trek downhill all the way today, on a local footpath that contours the valley sides and passes through many villages. Arrive at the nature reserve’s only market where your lunch will be provided in a local house.
We drive to the H’mong village of Xa Linh from where we start our 3-hour trek to the village of Hang Kia, situated in a picturesque valley of peach orchards. Overnight in H’mong village.
Day 4: Hang Kia village - Van village (B/L/D)
After having breakfast served by H’mong people. We start our trek through tropical rain forest, using the local tracks and passing through cornfields as we descend in to Mai Chau Valley. The trek usually takes around 7 hours and is quite steep in places. Lunch will be provided en route. Then, we continue our trek through Thai hamlets and green rice fields and arrive at Van village by late afternoon. The village is home to the Thai people, and tonight we will be their guests in one of their traditional stilt houses.
Day 5: Van village - Lac village (B/L/D)
After breakfast we spend the morning strolling around the surrounding villages and meeting villagers along the way. After a morning’s exploring we will return to Van village for lunch. With lunch finished there will time for a stroll down to the river before embarking on a 3 hour walk to LAC village
We have the afternoon free to wander around the picturesque Thai villages or maybe wander into Mai Chau town itself. This evening is spent in Lac village.
Day 6: Mai Chau valley – Hanoi (B/L/-)
We return to Hanoi today. On the way, we visit Thay and Tay Phuong pagodas where we will find the wonderful collection of statues of Buddha.
Drop off at your hotel. Tour ends.
Prices: from US$ 398/ person. Please contact our Tour Managers for more assistance.
Accommodation: Homestay at Thai or Hmong people houses during the tour
Meeting with local people
Mr and Mrs Kelton have just come back, and have come into the office and told us what a wonderful time they had. They were very impressed with all the arrangements that were made, and were particularly pleased with the standard of care they received, especially when Denise was ill.
They asked me to make special mention of their guide “Thomas” who looked after them in Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Sapa: all the guides were very good, but he in particular was very caring.
Thank you so very much for taking such good care of my clients: I hope to use your services again in the future!
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