The valley in which Mai Chai sits is dotted with many Thai villages in between a patchwork of rice fields. It is a different world full of tranquility and breathtaking nature, perfect for cycling.

Pù Luông Nature Reserve is a hidden gem in a valley between two-mountain ridges and guarantees limited amount of tourist. It’s off the beaten track here as you trek through forests and large, often terraced rice fields.

You’ll find the friendliest people here that will gladly invite to their home; the local culture is rich and authentic and with two rice seasons and a milder climate a great alternative for Sapa.

Day 1:

Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong (L-D)

07:45 – 08:15 Pick up at your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. We make our   way to Mai Chau & Pu Luong Nature Reserve by Limousine bus.

09:00 Short break in Luong Son (outside of Hanoi).

11:00 Stop at the local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority; enjoy      the beautiful scenery of Thung Khe Pass (One of the 10 most     beautiful passes in Vietnam).

12:00 We arrive in Mai Chau for lunch.

13:00 – 15:30 Visit a traditional Thai Stilt House before cycling to visit some villages of the Thai Ethnic People and see about their daily live and culture. We make a short stop at a handicraft village to learn about weaving in traditional way. Unfortunately, these stops always have a bit of a sales character but feel free to say no.

16:00 Transfer to Pu Luong.

17:00 – 19:00 Check in at the resort on this beautiful location and enjoy a late swim at the Infinity Pool.

19:00 Dinner and some relaxing free in the middle of the Reserve.

*Sleeping options: Traditional dorm room in a Stilt House or (deluxe) private Rooms (some with air-con).

Transportation: A/C transfers and cycling

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Your choice of accommodation

Day 2:

Pu Luong –Hieu Village Waterfall (hard trekking – 10km) (B-L-D)

07:30 – 08:30 Enjoy breakfast and take in the breathtaking views of the valley in front of you.

09:00 – 12:30     We board the van to Pho Doan to start your trek. On Thursdays and Sunday’s mornings we visit the local market of Pho. From there we follow the small roads and trails through the terrace rice fields and ‘jungle’ to reach Hieu Waterfall where we have lunch.

Afternoon: Free time to relax and swim at the waterfall or trekking to explore the surrounding village and jungle.

17:00 We board the van to go back to your overnight stay.

18:00 – 19:00 Free time to relax by the infinity pool.

19:00 Dinner and enjoy some local rice wine. Have a relaxed night in the middle of the Reserve.

Transportation: Trekking

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Your choice of accommodation

Day 3:

Pu Luong – Kho Muong Village – Doi Cave – Hanoi (B-L)

07:30 – 08:30 Breakfast is served and time to check-out.

09:00 – 12:00 Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit the remote hidden village of Kho Muong to learn about the local people in Pu Luong (6km). Explore Doi Cave (Bat Cave), this is the largest cave in Pu Luong (depending on the weather condition).

12:00 – 13: 00 Lunch and free time at the infinity pool.

13:00 – 14: 00 Lunch and free time at the infinity pool.

14:00 We board the van to go Mai Chau to catch the Limousine bus back to Hanoi. Short break on the way.

19:30 Arrive in Hanoi Old Quarter, drop off. Tour Ends.

Transportation: A/C transfers

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: N/A

  • Transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated or of your choice
  • Meals as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  • All entrance fees (as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  • Taxes and Service Charges
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Beverages 
  • Tips and personal expenses 
  • Travel insurance 
  • All not indicated in our itinerary 
  • Booking voucher from us 
  • Valid Passport with valid visa 
  • Cash for personal expense

Specific food requests

Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.

Useful information

Especially for the north and central Vietnam;

In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.

The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.

Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!

What do I need to know? 

During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage. 

Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!