Immersed in Pu Luong’s evergreen paddy fields

Though located in Thanh Hoa, Pu Luong owns a bold and pristine Tay Bac vibe.

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immersed in pu luongs evergreen paddy fields
Pu Luong has bold beauty of Northwest Vietnam with terraced fields, layers of clouds and mountains, altogether creates a beautiful picture of local ethnic lives. (Photo: Tien Phong)
immersed in pu luongs evergreen paddy fields
September and October are one of the most beautiful times of the year to visit Pu Luong as the green terraced rice fields are at its most mesmerizing moments, streams and waterfalls are sparkle and full of water. (Photo: Tien Phong)
immersed in pu luongs evergreen paddy fields
Located in a high mountainous area, Pu Luong’s climate is quite cool all year round. In the early morning, the valley at the foot of the mountain is often engulfed in fog. To get to Pu Luong, visitors can travel by two roads: from Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) or along Ho Chi Minh trail (through Cam Thuy, Thanh Hoa). (Photo: Tien Phong)
immersed in pu luongs evergreen paddy fields
In the afternoon, Pu Luong is full of wind, which is suitable for flying kites. Visitors and children in this village often get to the rocks between terraced fields for a “kite race”. (Photo: Tien Phong)
immersed in pu luongs evergreen paddy fields
The rocky outcrops in Pu Luong also have a strange attraction to visitors. When sitting up here, tourists can admire the immense and poetic beauty of Pu Luong. Along the small roads in Pu Luong, there are always small waterways. Therefore, in every corner of Pu Luong, visitors can find the sound of gurgling water. (Photo: Tien Phong)
immersed in pu luongs evergreen paddy fields
Hieu village waterfall located in Co Lung commune, Ba Thuoc district, is a familiar destination for tourists coming to Pu Luong. Located in the core zone of Pu Long Nature Reserve on the high mountains, the waterfall in Hieu village is fast-flowing and cool. (Photo: Tien Phong)
immersed in pu luongs evergreen paddy fields
Compared with Sa Pa as well as some other regions, rice in Pu Luong ripened later in the year. (Photo: Tien Phong)
immersed in pu luongs evergreen paddy fields
It was not until mid-September that the terraced fields here started to cultivate. The end of September to October is the time when the rice gets fully golden. The local people say that water in this area is very cold, resulting in late rice harvest. (Photo: Tien Phong)
immersed in pu luongs evergreen paddy fields
Most of the people here are of Thai ethnic group. Pu Luong locals live in stilt houses in the villages, cultivating rice on terraced fields, taking water from the mounds of streams flowing through the valley. (Photo: Tien Phong)
immersed in pu luongs evergreen paddy fields
In the past few years, Pu Luong tourism has started to develop with many accommodation and entertainment options for tourists such as resorts with swimming pools or homestays in the village. Visitors can easily rent a motorbike or car to explore this pristine mountainous area by going to the waterways, visiting the Hieu waterfall, Kho Muong village, entering bat caves or simply wandering on fascinating roads here. (Photo: Tien Phong)