We (Nikki and Nicola) visited Pu Luong in March 2018 and absolutely loved it.
The area is a Nature Reserve around 4 hours West of Hanoi. We saw very few other tourists and greatly enjoyed the friendly people and slow paced village life around us.
Pu Luong is high in the hills and we drove along a somewhat winding road to get there. It is surrounded by mountains and rice fields with beautiful scenery.
Below are a few of many photos and videos we took and a short report on our adventures.
Pu Luong Nature Resort
View from our Bungalow
The gorgeous staff at Pu Luong Retreat
Whilst in Pu Luong we stayed at the Pu Luong Retreat. We found this to be a lovely resort. The rooms are somewhat basic but very comfortable. There are a few stairs and steps around the resort, so please keep that in mind if you plan to visit.
The view from the Bungalow was quite something, especially early morning. The staff were super gorgeous and the open-air restaurant was very pleasant. We didn't use the pool, but it did look nice with incredible views and fresh water that is piped in from a nearby stream - it then flows out to the rice fields below.
Morning cuppa with Nicola
Nikki checking out the breakfast selection
Our guide and driver enjoying their breakfast
The grounds of the Retreat
Bamboo Water Wheel
Up close - the bamboo water wheels
Water flowing through the pipes
The bamboo water wheels are an engineering feat. It is all an irrigation system that is maintained by the community for the local rice fields. The whole thing is gravity fed and the irrigated area is quite large. We loved our visit here, not only discovering the water wheels and how they worked, but also the walk through the fields, the friendly locals we met, the scenery and whole experience. You can click here to watch a short video we made on the water wheels.
Nicola and our guide
A local farmer hand planting rice seedlings
After our at the water wheels we walked back along the road where we got to enjoy more rice fields and watch the local community in action.
Nicola with two local girls
The village in action
The view of the main road
This was great fun! After breakfast one morning, we walked from our resort down through the village. Along the way we saw all sorts of things - broken down machinery attempting to be fixed, a bus that was stuck on the steep narrow road, farmers planting rice and walking their buffaloes...it is downhill all the way and we were not looking forward to the return journey back up. Our guide spoke to some locals along the way and arranged for 2 gentlemen to take us back to the resort by motorbike (we've since changed our tour to make sure all our customers get taken back to the resort by car).
The photos speak for themselves...
Nicola on the village road
A local plowing his field
A local farmer in action
Nicola sharing the photos with the local farmer
The rice fields of Pu Luong
Our guide arranging a ride back up the hill
Locals in action
Broken down machinery
Mother and son we met along the way
Our rides back to the Retreat
In summary - we loved our time in Pu Luong and highly recommend a visit. It is somewhere a bit different where you can enjoy local rural life and the gorgeousness of the Vietnamese people.
You need a moderate level of fitness to manage the steps around the resort and to make the most of Pu Luong there is some walking.
If you would like to visit Pu Luong, please let us know - it's an easy addition to any of our Vietnam Tours. Below is a link to a tour that includes Pu Luong along with some other gems :)