Visiting the river, you can spot locals fishing with traditional weaved fish baskets or with fishing nets dropped from their bamboo rafts. Most distinct in this region are the beautiful bamboo water wheels that dot the riverside. Only in Pu Luong will you see such an abundance of these centuries-old water supplying devices in active use, feeding rice fields and local households with their ingeniously simple design.
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In the morning Alsimexco team pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi then transfer to Pu Luong for 4,5 hours.
Upon your arrival to Pu Luong Nature Reserve, enter the so-call "Shang-ri la of Vietnam" by road via a breath taking mountain pass giving you a panoramic view of the whole valley. Check-in eco accommodation in time for a delicious lunch, followed by free time to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting.
After lunch, transffed to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin the walk in searching of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes.
Arriving at a local fisherman’s house, take a short rest to gear up for the rafting adventure with Dinh and his team. Float along the calm river and enjoy the views, in between learning how to paddle and steer your handcrafted rafts.
Arriving at scenic Tan Lap bridge, you disembark to be transferred back to Pu Luong Retreat for dinner.
Hanoi to Pu Luong: 160km (4,5 hours)
After breakfast at ecolodge, start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Your camera will not be able to sit still!
Continuing to the base of the valley, you weave between roads and farm land, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot to enjoy a simple picnic lunch.
After enjoying delicious food, it's your free time to explore the refreshing water to the nearby river, before moving to pick up point to be transferred back to the Retreat.
Breakfast at ecolodge then get close to village life and interact with locals living in the hills above the lodge by the short walk. Glimpse at daily life, walk around working farm land and rice fields, and learn about making rice wine and weaving colourful textiles, followed by lunch with a local family.
Check out the Lodge then transfer back to Hanoi at your hotel step door.
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