How to spend 1 to 3 days in Pu Luong : The Perfect Pu Luong itinerary

Pu Luong itinerary

This Pu Luong itinerary is the perfect travel planning guide for 1-3 days in Pu Luong Nature Reserve, North Vietnam. You’ll get a detailed itinerary with the best things to do and see, day trips from Mai Chau and more.

Central Vietnam is home to the country’s quaintest town, Hoi An.

This nature reserve has a little bit of everything: off-the-beaten-track, the beautiful nature of terraced paddy fields, limestone mountains, and more, great local food, and friendly local people.

Pu Luong is a great place to escape from the bustle and hustle of Hanoi Old Quarter. 

I feel like 3 days in Pu Luong is a great choice, 2 days is fine but a bit of a rush, day trips are good for those who stay in Mai Chau. Let this Pu Luong itinerary show you the best way to plan 1 to 3 days in the Pu Luong nature reserve.

What to do in Pu Luong: Pu Luong itinerary 3 days

This Pu Luong 3-day itinerary is an ideal choice for those who have time to travel in a slower pace and want to to explore Pu Luong nature in depth. 

If you want to travel in convenience, spend 3 days in Don village which has many restaurants, cafes, bars etc…..

Option 1 : This Pu Luong 3 days itinerary for travellers who start and finish the trip from Hanoi

Day 1 in Pu Luong: 

  • A short walk around Don Village
  • Short trek to Bang village

Day 2 in Pu Luong: Pu Luong full day trip

  • Short trek from Don village to Kho Muong

Day 3 in Pu Luong

  • Bamboo rafting in Suoi Cham
  • A short trek from Pho Doan to Hieu village
  • Visiting Hieu waterfall 

Option 2 : Pu Luong and Mai Chau combination

Day 1 : Hanoi to Pu Luong. Lunch in Hieu village.

  • Visit Hieu waterfall
  • A short trek from Hieu village to Pho Doan
  • Bamboo wharf and waterwheel

Day 2 : Pu Luong to Mai Chau

  • Walk around Don village
  • Trek in Bang village or Kho Muong village
  • Biking around Mai Hich

Day 3 : Mai Chau to Hanoi

Walk around Mai Chau town or biking around the Mai Chau area.

Day 1 : Hanoi to Pu Luong. Short trek

7.30 am : Pick up from Hanoi Old Quarter and take 4.5 hours drive including stop over for a toilet break halfway. Arrive at Pu Luong. Have lunch in Pu Luong. 

Stroll around Don village for an hour. Leisurely walk to see terraced rice paddy fields, local stilt houses, and local people.

Then take a short drive to Bang village. Take a short trek for one and a half hour on a flat road 

Head back to Don village.

Day 2 : Pu Luong day trip from Pu Luong

Trek from Pu Luong to Kho Muong village which is an off-the-beaten-track

Day 3 : Pu Luong and back to Hanoi

Take a 45-minute drive to Suoi Cham for relaxing bamboo rafting. Then see waterwheels which are unique things about Pu Luong. 

One of the must-see places in Pu Luong is the Hieu waterfall. Then check out Hieu waterfall

Pu Luong day trip from Mai Chau 

 We will pick you up from your hotel in Mai Chau and then take one hour to Bang Village. From there, we take 2-hour trek on a flat road to Bam village, then we a short drive to Don village, Pu Luong,  which is the focal point that most travelers to Pu Luong. Having lunch with Vietnamese food. After lunch, stroll around the village to see rice fields, and traditional houses on stilt and bamboo trees for 45 minutes.

Then half an hour’s drive to Suoi Cham area for bamboo rafting and see the waterwheels that Pu Luong is the most famous for.

Get back to Mai Chau in the late afternoon. 

Budget for 3 days Pu Luong itinerary

Items Expenses in American Dollar
Food (casual restaurant) 37
Drink (casual place) 15
Activities (Entrance fee), bamboo rafting 20
Transport by Motorbike(Rent+ Fuel)/car 45
Accommodation (Budget hotel/homestay) 75
Total amount 192

The cost is a lot higher if you stay in better hotels and resorts. You need to add the transfer cost from/to Hanoi as well. 

Over to you

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