Day 1: Hanoi- Mai Chau – Pu Luong. Depart from your Hanoi hotel at 7:00 am transferring to Mai Chau. Daydream as we drive a safe route with spectacular views around every bend. Upon arrival at Poom Coom village in Mai Chau, we will take a short walk to visit the ethnic Thai people, then lunch will be served at local home. We will then leave Mai Chau for a short ride along the Ma River (22 km) to Sai village. Off the bus and off the beaten path, we begin our trek to Duom and Hang villages.
For 2.5 hours we we will trek through outstanding mountain scenery and picturesque rice paddies, see hand-crafted bamboo water wheels, and talk with the lovely local people. Spend the night in a local Thai family's traditional home on stilts. They will be our hosts for the night and you will have the opportunity to share stories about your lives and cultures. Prepare a picnic lunch for the next day before falling asleep. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Pu Luong - Eo Ken - Kho Muong villages (6 hours). The daily life here starts early, it will be interesting for you to get up at the first sign of day light and take part in the activities in the morning, or take a stroll around Hang village before having breakfast with our new Thai friends. Start trekking at 8:00 am. Today we will be walking for a approximately 5 to 6 hours. The first section is hard with some steep climbs and stream crossings. The second stage is glorious with beautiful views of the valley, rice terraces and rich rain forests. Picnic lunch on the way at Eo Ken village.
Arrival in Kho Muong village is always special as the setting of the village is perhaps the most beautiful in Vietnam, nestled between steep karst mountains with rice terraces in the afternoon sun. Spend our second night nearby in a typical Thai eco, stilt home in Kho Muong village. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Pu Luong - Hin village (6 hours). The sounds of village life will tell you that morning has arrived. Breakfast then trek to Hin village (5-6 hours). On this route we will encounter some steep climbs and more stream crossings. Along the way we will visit an incredible cave, only recently discovered, now protected by the Forest Rangers. The trekking will become more and more remote although one is never that far from a villager tending their fields. Pass steep limestone mountains and curiosity conjuring caves, through the dense rain forests all inside the borders of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve and onto Nua village.
After this tough trek, there is nothing more refreshing then dunking yourself in a cool stream. Surely you will not be the only one taking part in some of the fun of stream bathing! Our picnic lunch will be served here followed by a little relaxation from the heat of the day before continuing to Hin village of the Thai people. We will be welcomed as honored guests, then have dinner with the local people at their traditional home. Free time for you to learn more about the traditional customs and culture here. Prepare picnic lunch for the next day before falling asleep. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Pu Luong - Ton village - Hanoi. Get up early morning if you would like to observe or take part in daily life of the local people. Then breakfast is served by our Thai host family in preparation for a hard but pleasurable trek (6-7 hours) through rich and wild rain forests. This challenging hike wanders through the biodiversity of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. We will have a picnic lunch inside the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, then continuing our trek to Ton village. The land cruiser picks us up here, and its back to Hanoi. Includes: (B), (L).
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