Pu Luong Eco Garden
Pu Luong nature reserve
Pu Luong nature reserve
Rice terraces in Pu Luong
minority village in Pu Luong nature reserve
Whater wheels at Pu Luong nature reserve
Trang An boat trip
Trang An boat trip
Hoa Lu ancient capital
Cycling in Ninh Binh

Pu Luong Nature Reserve & Ninh Binh 4 day experience

  • Explore the off the beaten Pu Luong Nature Reserve with waterwheels, buffalo’s, local minority villages and stunning rice fields
  • Stay overnight in an stunning eco resort with infinity pool
  • Make the best boat trip you can do in Ninh Binh: Trang An
  • Visit Hoe Lu Ancient capital, the former capital of Vietnam
Day 1
Hanoi - Pu Luong
Mai Chau + Trekking
Day 2
Pu Luong
Hieu Waterfall full day trek (10 km)
Day 3
Pu Luong - Ninh Binh
Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave
Day 4
Ninh Binh - Hanoi
Cycling, Hoa Lu, Trang An boat tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong

Thung Khe Pass, Mai Chau & Short trekking


A limousine bus will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM.

On the way to Mai Chau you have a short break and another stop at Thung Khe Pass. From this pass you have stunning views over the valley and there is a local minority market you can visit.

Mai Chau viewpoint

Arriving in Mai Chau you will transfer to another van that can drive you over the road of Pu Luong Nature Reserve to Pu Luong Eco Garden Retreat.


Arrive around 1:00 PM to check in and enjoy lunch.

After lunch a van will bring you to the starting point of your trekking through the amazing scenery of Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Start hiking with a guide through stunning terrace rice fields and sugar cane fields, over hanging bridges and visiting remote minority village.

Whater wheels at Pu Luong nature reserve

Learn more about the local agriculture at the giant waterwheels that water the rice fields and at the ducks farms.

Go by bamboo raft over a calm stream to enjoy the countryside of Pu Luong on both sides (cruise depending on weather conditions).


At 5:30 PM the van will pick you up and bring you back to Pu Luong Eco Garden Retreat. Rest of the evening you can relax, visit the village or swim in the infinity pool.

At 7:00 PM there is a BBQ dinner in the restaurant of the lodge.


  • This eco lodge is located in the mountains of Pu Luong with stunning views
  • Amazing infinity pool
  • Modern and clean rooms in local minority style
  • Three types of room available:
    1. Private ensuite room in villa
    2. Private room in stilt house
    3. Dorm room

Day 2: Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Hieu Waterfall full day trek (10 km)


Have breakfast in the lodge between 7:30 AM and 08:30 AM.

After breakfast you do a trekking to visit a waterfall. If you are lucky and stay in Pu Luong on Thursday or Sunday you will also visit a local market.

Trekking over small roads through rice fields and jungle to end up at the Hieu Waterfall.

Pu Luong nature reserve
Pu Luong nature reserve
Waterfall in Pu Luong


Have lunch at the waterfall and free time to relax or swim in the waterfall.

At 3:30 PM the van will bring you vack to Pu Luong Eco Garden and time to go swimming in the infinity pool.

Pu Luong Eco Garden

At 7:00 PM there is dinner at the lodge with local rice wine.

Day 3: Pu Luong - Ninh Binh

Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave


Breakfast at the Retreat in the morning.

At 8:30 start trekking to remote village ad to visit Bat Cave, the largest cave in Pu Luong.

Rice terraces in Pu Luong


Back at the retreat you have lunch and free time till the van departs to Ninh Binh.

At 2:30 PM the van leaves Pu Luong at heads to Ninh Binh, were you arrive around 5:30 PM.

At 7:00 PM you have dinner at the restaurant.


  • Amazing location with views on the rice fields in the middle of the nature
  • Hosted by a friendly local family
  • Swimming pool
  • Modern and clean rooms in bungalow style

Day 4: Ninh Binh - Hanoi

Cycling to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and boat ride in Trang An


Breakfast is served in the morning between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM.

After breakfast start biking through the beautiful scenery of Ninh Binh with karts mountains, rice fields, buffalo’s, goats, villages streams and rivers.

Cycling in Ninh Binh

You bike to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Explore the complex with temples and other ancient building. Walk up the mountain the visit hte King’s tomb and for panoramic views of the area.

Hoa Lu

After visiting Hoa Lu you bike back with a stop on the way at a local family for tea and learn more about the culture.


Back at the retreat at around 12:00 PM you check out and have lunch.

Make an amazing boat trip in Trang An over rivers and lakes between karst mountains and through water caves. There are also some hidden temples to see.

Trang An boat trip

At 4:00 PM you have 3 options:

  1. Take the bus back to Hanoi and get dropped of at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter at around 7:00 PM
  2. You get dropped of at the Ninh Binh Railway Station to continue your trip down south
  3. You get dropped of at the Ninh Binh Bus Station to continue your trip down south

Booking information


  • Start tour: Hanoi
  • End tour: Hanoi or Ninh Binh (depending on your preference)
  • Duration: 4 days and 3 nights


  • All accommodation described in the itinerary
  • All meals described in the itinerary
  • All transfers described in the itinerary


  • Meals and services not describer in the itinerary
  • Personal expanses

Additional information

  • Confirmation: You will receive a confirmation immediately after booking. You will receive a voucher by e-mail within 3 working hours. If you have not received your voucher, please check the Spam or notify us via email or chat.
  • Voucher: Save a digital voucher on your phone. As a sustainable company, we would like to ask you not to print the voucher..
  • Itinerary: The itinerary is subject to change depending on the weather and other conditions.
  • Pick-up: Please arrive at the hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to departure. Please be patient on shared / group tours in case of unforeseen delays along the pick-up route.
  • Cancellation: View the cancellation conditions here.


In the 4 days tour you will have more time to explore Pu Luong and you will see much more through the impressive trekking tour.
Yes, it is possible that when the tours ends, you can stay in Ninh Binh to continue your trip southward.
You don’t have to be very fit, but you do need a good condition for the trekking. If you are not sure if you are able to do this, please contact us in advance. Or check out our 3-day option, without a long trekking.
Yes it is possible to take all your luggage with you.

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