When exploring Pu Luong, don’t limit yourself to admiring the stunning terraced fields. This region offers so much more, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the local way of life while enjoying the tranquility of the vast rice fields and lush green mountains.
Pu Luong is a unique destination where terraced fields are cultivated with two rice crops, creating a beautiful landscape that alternates between the water pouring season in July and February. However, the allure of Pu Luong extends beyond its rice fields. Whether you prefer a relaxing day by the pool or an adventurous exploration of nature, this summer, don’t miss these must-visit destinations in the heart of Thanh Province’s miniaturized Northwestern region.
1. Don Village
Considered the tourism capital of Pu Luong, It is a village that has undergone planning and development to become a community tourism destination. It still preserves the traditional culture of the Thai ethnic group. The village is adorned with traditional wooden stilt houses nestled among gently curving terraced fields, creating a picturesque scene of lush greenery enveloping the village. Additionally, there are several beautiful resorts and homestays in the area.
2. Kho Muong Bat Cave
Located in Kho Muong village, Thanh Son commune, Ba Thuoc district, Kho Muong bat cave is a cave complex within the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. The cave features limestone blocks that date back approximately 250 million years.
Bat cave is connected to an underground river system that transports water from Kho Muong to the village of Pon in Lung Cao commune. Inside the cave, visitors can marvel at the various shapes of stalactites and stalagmites, creating a surreal natural masterpiece. One notable feature within the cave is a spacious open area that resembles a natural football field. Exploring the path from the cave entrance to its depths offers an exciting and challenging adventure for young explorers.
3. Uoi & Lan Village
Situated below Don village, Uoi village is a village surrounded by limestone mountains. Palm forests provide shade from above, and the village is encompassed by winding terraced fields. The village’s flowing stream serves as a bathing and laundry area for the locals. Next to Uoi village is Lan village, a village known for its traditional brocade weaving. In the past, brocade weaving was primarily done for families and the village community. With the rise of tourism, the locals have expanded their weaving practices to cater to visitors.
4. Hieu Waterfall
Located in Co Lung commune, Ba Thuoc district, within the core area of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Hieu waterfall is renowned as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thanh Hoa province. The waterfall is fed by water sources from surrounding rocky peaks, ensuring a constant flow throughout the year. In the summer, the water at the foot of the waterfall is refreshing and cool, while in winter, it maintains a pleasant warmth. Surrounded by pristine forests, the waterfall offers a fresh and pleasant atmosphere year-round. Listening to the sound of rushing water amidst the mountains and immersing oneself in the cool waters of Hieu waterfall provides a truly relaxing experience.
5. Doan Market Fair
Also known as Pho Don Market or Cho Phien Pho Doan, this highland market has been held since the French colonial period. It serves as a hub for ethnic minority communities to showcase and preserve their traditional cultural characteristics. The market takes place on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday mornings in Lung Niem commune. Residents from various districts, including Thanh Lam, Co Lung, Lung Cao, Lung Niem, and Thanh Son, gather early in the morning to trade a diverse range of goods. From wild vegetables and ripe fruits to homemade fermented rice wine, hillside chicken coops, and even puppies, the market offers a variety of items. Visitors can also find traditional brocade fabrics, fermented rice wine, fruits, wild vegetables, as well as local delicacies such as steamed rice rolls, sticky rice cakes, and fried cakes.
6. Cham Stream
Located 7 km from Don village, Cham stream serves as the gateway to the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. It collects water from the entire reserve and flows into the Ma River. Along its banks, small streams support local agricultural activities. Visitors have the opportunity to experience a unique tourism activity on this stream called bamboo rafting. Drifting along the stream for nearly 1 km, visitors can enjoy the serene flow of clear water while admiring the surrounding fields, villages, and mountains.
Experience the beauty and cultural richness of Pu Luong this summer! Don’t miss out on the enchanting terraced fields and the vibrant local way of life. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of rice fields and lush mountains while exploring the must-visit destinations like Don Village, Bat cave in Kho Muong, Uoi & lan village, Hieu waterfall, Doan Market Fair, and Cham fairy. Plan your journey now and embark on an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Thanh Province. Book your trip to Pu Luong today and create memories that will last a lifetime!