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Pu Luong Retreat, a remote trekking paradise

Pu Luong is special not only because the landscape is so beautiful, but because it’s home to a unique mix of ethnic communities…

Nam Trung Ha
Assistant Manager at Pu Luong Retreat

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Pu Luong is special not only because the landscape is so beautiful, but because it’s home to a unique mix of ethnic communities, which we’re keen to show the world. Our vision has always been to have a retreat nestled in the heart of Pu Luong Nature Reserve and involve as many local people as possible to make it a sustainable enterprise. The retreat was inspired by eco-lodges in nearby Mai Chau but the owner, Mr Thanh, wanted a quieter base in Pu Luong, which is practically untouched by tourism.

Guests really enjoy the views from the retreat, which is set 500 metres above sea level, as they showcase a gorgeous valley and mountains. The property was built using eco-friendly, stilt-house architecture that blends in with the surroundings. Materials include locally-sourced bamboo and stones from the river, as well as ethnic touches such as ceiling lights made from local fish cages, bamboo hammocks from Mai Chau and furniture built by a local craftsman.

Mr Thanh took care to protect ancient trees surrounding the property and one of the bungalows is even built around the land-owner’s childhood jackfruit tree. Our gardens are filled with vegetables that we use to create local dishes in our stilt-house restaurant and another key eco-feature is our water filter, which reduces consumption. Mr Thanh even turned the original fishpond into an infinity pool which is filled with spring water and features views over the mountain passes and rice fields.

Guests really appreciate the hospitality of our staff, almost all of whom are from the local Thai and Muong communities. We train them to a high standard and they love to work here. One of the reasons we built the retreat was to support the local community and help people improve their lives, so we offer them a good, stable income. The money from our Retreat helps with initiatives like building a road and local playground, as well as supplying a water filter to the primary school.

The main activity for our retreat guests is trekking through Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Our local guides can take you on a number of trekking routes of varying lengths, through hills and beautiful, steep rice terraces. Along the way, you’ll pass over the Cham River via a suspension bridge and spot farmers and bamboo water wheels in the fields. There’s a chance to stop at local villages to learn about farming and textiles, taste some rice wine and visit a local fisherman’s house. For more adventurous guests, we can also take you hiking to Pu Luong’s highest peak or on a rafting or cycling trip.

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Nam Trung Ha comes from a small village in Mai Chau and has Thai and Muong heritage. He counts himself incredibly lucky to have attended an Ethnic Minority Boarding school and worked in various roles, including at the Post Office Center, before switching to the travel sector. Having worked at an ecolodge in Mai Chau, Mr Nam Trung is now the Assistant Sales Manager at Pu Luong Retreat and is keen to share his love for this remote region and its ethnic minority heritage.
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