This article will introduce the various possibilities to enjoy a Pu Luong motorbike tour. The Reserve is known for its peaceful atmosphere and the multiple treks taking you in the middle of the beautiful and untouched nature.
Its recent development in the last years has brought more and more tourists and have increased the choices in how to enjoy the area. Riders, from beginners to experienced ones, have now the opportunity to discover this wonderful place on the back of a motorbike. Whether you are a newbie riding an automatic bike or an avid one willing to ride on a big bike motocross, everybody will find his happiness.
This Pu Luong motorbike tour guide will enlighten your vision and answer most of the concerns you can have.
Why choose a Pu Luong motorbike tour?
There are many reasons to choose a Pu Luong motorbike tour. The main one is that when traveling, you often run out of time to see everything. While riding a bike, you will get the chance in a short time to visit most of the highlights in a short time. As Pu Luong benefits of a reasonable scale, it is pretty easy and comfortable to make a multi sites’ visit within a day.
Another reason that makes the Pu Luong motorbike tour a value for your journey is that the roads are in good conditions and the traffic is not dense. For example, the Ha Giang loop in the North of Vietnam is very famous for riders. While most of the tourists go on their own renting a bike in Ha Giang city, the heavy traffic on the main road by dangerous trucks drivers cause many accidents. Pu Luong Nature Reserve remains a safe place to enjoy a ride.
Moreover, as mentioned above, the area is favorable for beginners or avid riders. If most of the people will choose to stay on the asphalted roads to connect from villages to villages, the experienced ones have also the possibility to experience some dirt path a for more adventurous Pu Luong motorbike tour.
Another benefit of the motorbike tour is that you can not only visit Pu Luong Nature Reserve but you can extend your trip for a day to Mai Chau for example, which is only 40km away passing through a wonderful mountain road. You can find details below in this article in the section “our Pu Luong motorbike tour”.
Our motorbikes’ selection
So as to satisfy and meet all requirements to our valued guests, we have different options for our motorbike. Everybody can easily join our Pu Luong motorbike tour, whether you are a newbie or a confirmed rider.
- The easiest is our automatic bikes. Simple as a bicycle, jump on and enjoy. If you are not comfortable or unexperienced, our friendly and professional team will give you advice and basic information on how to ride.
- Our semi-automatic bikes are the best option for those having riding before. No clutch so still very easy to ride. Perfect to have pilot sensation while riding in the Reserve.
- Our dirt bikes will fit perfectly for the avid riders willing to experience some dirt paths on the way and live a deeper and more exciting adventure.
Self-traveling or guided tour?
In the tourism industry, we have a famous quote saying “tourists come to see while travelers come to experience”.
During your Pu Luong motorbike tour, being accompanied by a guide is not to have a person to follow. It is someone who will take you deeper in the daily life and the customs of the area.
If you prefer to travel by yourself, Pu Luong Excursions will be glad to provide information of the highlights to see, roads to take. You can already collect them in our Pu Luong travel guide here.
From Don village, the touristic epicenter of the Reserve, it is very easy to reach Hieu village, Son Ba Muoi or other villages following the main roads. It is a way to have a quick overview of the Reserve.
On the other side, if you choose to have a guided tour, you will have the chance to pass through small path, visit some traditional houses, have lunch in some local families or stop to join the farmers in their daily activities.
List of Pu Luong motorbike tour
We have created some pre-defined tours. They are combining the highlights and the not-to-miss places in the Reserve. We can customize our tours to meet your expectations if you prefer.
You can choose between the half-day to the full day ones. Multiple days can also be organized on demand, with possibility to combine the visit of Pu Luong and Mai Chau for a full experience.
Half day Pu Luong motorbike tour
Waterwheels and waterfalls
Jump on the bike in the early morning or after lunch for this amazing tour. Passing through little bumpy roads to reach Lan village. You will discover the daily life of the Thai people through their handicraft techniques, creating products for their daily uses. You will then continue the exploration of the Reserve in direction of the wonderful Hieu village. On the way, you will make a stop to contemplate the ingenious irrigation system of the Thai people with their impressive bamboo waterwheels. They are aligned along the Cham river, singing as a natural orchestra in the peaceful valley. Once in Hieu village, walk in the village and along its multi-level waterfall. In summer, you can share a swim with the local and water hike until the top of the village. Back to Don village before lunch.
Full day Pu Luong motorbike tour
Option 1: Kho Muong – Hieu – waterwheels > experience the jungle ride
This is a unique tour in Pu Luong to go deeper in the Reserve. First ride in the early morning will take you to the hidden village of Kho Muong. Passing through the main road to Bang village, many viewpoints to take amazing photos of the Reserve. After arriving to Kho Muong gate on the top, you will start to discover the valley where the village is appearing second by second (ride carefully when going down as the path is steep and can be slippery).
Once inside the village, you will visit this traditional village before entering the circular valley filled with beautiful rice fields until you reach the entrance of the “Bat cave” (Hang Doi), the biggest cave of the Reserve. It is possible to visit the cave depending of weather conditions as it can be very muddy inside.
After, you will jump back on the bike in the direction of Hieu village passing through dirt paths in the jungle. The path is accessible to everybody who want to enjoy and experience a special adventure. Once arrived in Hieu village, you will enjoy a local lunch in a house nearby the waterfall. After free time to enjoy the area, the way back will pass by the famous waterwheels before coming back to Don village.
Option 2: Hieu – Son Ba Muoi – Waterwheels
Let’s explore deeper in the Reserve with this special tour. After the breakfast, meet the tour guide for a itinerary brief. Then start the ride in direction to Hieu village. If you are starting the tour a Thursday or a Sunday, make a stop at the local market in Pho Doan village. It is not a touristic one so you will mostly find local products for daily life.
Continue the route until you reach Hieu village. Take your time to walk around the village and along the waterfall, enjoy a fresh tea and rest enjoying the quietness of the area. You will then get back on the bike to reach the off beaten path Son Ba Muoi. You can find more information about this place in this article. Click here.
Arriving in the village, you will share a lunch with a local family before riding around. The place is not developed yet for tourism. A great location to enjoy the local life and learn about traditions of the Thai people in the mountainous area. It is also the place with nice road with fantastic views, ideal for some photo shooting sessions.
On the way back, stop at the bamboo waterwheels and learn how they use them to irrigate the fields around. Exclusivity of the Thai people, the waterwheels can only be found in some areas in Vietnam. Pu Luong is one of the places with the most impressive ones. Back to Don village in middle afternoon. End of the full day Pu Luong motorbike tour.
Option 3: Pu Luong – Mai Chau tour
Get the ride for an adventurous day! The journey from Pu Luong to Mai Chau is perfect to enjoy a longer ride while passing through beautiful viewpoints.
Meeting in the morning in Don village, you will start the day on the main road in direction to Bang Village. Just started that you will have some photo shooting stops as some places are just stunning. You will then ride the 40km going down of the mountains to reach Mai Chau valley. You will explore the surroundings (Go Lao waterfall, black river, market) before having a stop at a local restaurant to taste the delicious. The afternoon, you will continue to explore the beautiful valley, watching the farmers working on the fields and the Thai women sewing the traditional way. It is a good opportunity to bring back home some souvenirs. Back to Pu Luong at the end of the afternoon.
For more Pu Luong – Mai Chau tours, you can check this article.
Multi days Pu Luong motorbike tour (3days/2nights): Secret Pu Luong along the Ma River and Dan waterfall
What about to discover some hidden places in Pu Luong Nature Reserve? This multi days Pu Luong motorbike tour will take you where not much tourists go. First, starting after lunch, explore the jungle ride to reach the hidden Kho Muong village passing through Bang Village. An easy but adventurous ride. Stop to visit Doi cave (Bat cave), the biggest of the Reserve.
Next day, after reaching the Canh Nang town by the main road, you will start the off beaten trip crossing the hanging bridge. Then you will ride along the beautiful Ma river and its clean water. The trip will take you to the amazing Dan waterfall, impressive show of this vertical waterfall. Take your time to relax around, swim and immerse yourself with the sounds of the Nature. After the good warm up the first day, you will be ready for a second exciting and adventurous day. You will make an 8 hours loop trail crossing a bamboo floating bridge and riding through the jungle and along the Ma river. You will learn and discover the daily life of the inhabitants of the villages on the bank of the river. That is an unforgettable and unique experience that Pu Luong Excursions will provide to you. You will be able to also learn about the smart techniques created by the Thai people to irrigate the fields with their bamboo waterwheels.
Finally, to end peacefully your 3 days Pu Luong motorbike tour, you will reach Hieu village and its multi level waterfall. You will get a special route reaching the beautiful Uoi village. If you travel on Thursday or Sunday morning, you will have the opportunity to visit the local market of Pho Doan. You will have time for a village tour and a hike along the river (water hiking possible depending on the season). You will enjoy a lunch in a local house nearby the waterfall. Then back to your homestay to check out and get ready to take the bus back to Hanoi.
As mentioned previously in this article, Pu Luong remains a very safe place for a motorbike tour compared to northern destinations as Ha Giang or even Mu Cang Chai. The low traffic density and the asphalted roads between main locations allow to satisfy and fit for most of the explorers.
It is still important to be aware and acknowledged some important information about the possible dangers that you may face during a Pu Luong motorbike tour.
- If you just arrive in Vietnam and not yet aware of the way of riding, you must know that the biggest vehicles always get the priority. If you see a truck coming for example, don’t expect it to give you priority.
- If the traffic density is low, the biggest population you may cross on the roads are the animals. Always slow down passing close to houses or seeing animals on the side of the road. They could surprise you crossing the road spontaneously.
- In rainy days, the road can be slippery and for non-experienced riders, it can be a reason for accidents. Even if Pu Luong is not at the same altitude as in the far north of Vietnam (Pu Luong peak is only 1700m high), there is in some areas a steep drop road. Especially on the way to Kho Muong village and the roads around Son Ba Muoi.
- Make sure you are legally covered by your insurance. Bring your international driving license and ensure that you are riding the motorbike corresponding.