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Hanoi to Pu Luong: A comprehensive guide for first-time travelers

13/01/2024 5.087

Traveling from Hanoi to Pu Luong Nature Reserve is a stress-relief journey with the pristine beauty and serene atmosphere of Pu Luong Thanh Hoa. The shared travel experiences below ensure a comprehensive exploration of your adventure.

Hanoi to Pu Luong

Traveling from Hanoi to Pu Luong in Thanh Hoa beckons as an idyllic escape that envelops travelers in tranquil nature. As an integral part of Vietnam travel, this journey unfolds a tapestry of enchanting landscapes and cultural experiences.

1. About the Hanoi to Pu Luong distance and travel time

Pu Luong is a nature reserve located in the districts of Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa, Thanh Hoa Province, covering an area of 17,662 hectares. This area is home to the Thai and Muong ethnic groups. Translated as the "highest peak of the village" in Thai, Pu Luong features dense forests, cascading waterfalls, caves, and terraced fields. The distance and travel time between Hanoi and Pu Luong may vary depending on the route you choose and traffic. In general, the trip from Hanoi to Pu Luong is around 130-150 kilometers which will take 3-4 hours to cover by car.

Hanoi to Pu Luong

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2. How to get to Pu Luong from Hanoi?

2.1. Hanoi to Pu Luong by motorbike or private car

To travel from Hanoi to Pu Luong, you can choose from the 3 routes outlined below:

  • Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Trail - Cam Thuy - Canh Nang (Ba Thuoc) - Pu Luong

This route is approximately 185 kilometers long and takes around 4 hours and 30 minutes. The Ho Chi Minh Trail has been modernized with asphalt roads, providing a smooth journey. You can also combine your trip with visits to attractions like Cam Luong Fish Stream or Cuc Phuong National Park.

  • Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Mai Chau - Pu Luong

This route from Hanoi to Pu Luong is about 195 kilometers long with a travel time of about 5 hours. While it is not recommended for those prone to motion sickness, it is ideal if you plan to explore Mai Chau - another popular tourist site, which is 40 kilometers away from Pu Luong.

  • Hanoi - Tan Lac - Son Ba Muoi - Pu Luong

With a distance of approximately 145 kilometers and a travel time of about 3.5 hours, this is the shortest route to reach Pu Luong from Hanoi. Along this route, you can explore Lung Van, a new attraction in Hoa Binh, and Son Ba Muoi, with terraced fields to admire. Note that this route includes many dangerous passes, and it is not advisable to travel during rainy weather due to the risk of landslides.

Hanoi to Pu Luong

2.2. Hanoi to Pu Luong by bus

If you are not acquainted with Vietnam's transportation and traffic infrastructure, it is advisable to opt for a coach or a limousine bus. Some bus companies that go from Hanoi to Pu Luong are:


Time of departure - arrival

Ticket fee


Good Morning Cat Ba

9:30 am - 3:00 pm

VND270,000 (~ $11)

1900 272 708

Hoang Phuong Limousine

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

VND200,000 (~ $8)

0987 999 222

Sani Express Limousine

7:00 am - 2:00 pm

VND250,000 (~ $10)

0357 004 668

Manh Kien Limousine

7:30 am - 11:30 am

VND230,000 (~ $9.5)

1900 6786

Fuso Limousine 

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

VND300,000 (~ $12)

0393 386 536


Hanoi to Pu Luong

>>> Check out: Thanh Hoa map: a handy guide to discover the best of the province

3. Extra tips for your trip from Hanoi to Pu Luong

A frequent challenge faced by travelers heading to Pu Luong is the risk of getting lost, often attributed to excessive reliance on Google Maps. Even seasoned drivers may experience difficulties in the mountainous terrain where Google's positioning can be unreliable. Hence, the best way to ensure you stay on course is to seek guidance from the locals. Furthermore, meticulous planning and detailed note-taking for your journey are crucial.

Embarking on this enchanting journey from Hanoi to Pu Luong not only guarantees a rejuvenating retreat but also offers a profound exploration of natural beauty and cultural heritage. In addition to Pu Luong, Thanh Hoa Province boasts numerous other captivating attractions, including Ben En National Park, Sam Son Beach, Ho Citadel, Hieu Waterfall, Hai Tien Beach, etc.

Aside from Thanh Hoa, Vietnam presents a diverse array of other captivating destinations like Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Ha Long, etc. To enhance your stay in Vietnam, it is recommended to reserve accommodation at Vinpearl's upscale hotels and resorts. Conveniently situated near popular attractions, Vinpearl offers opulent lodging with various amenities, such as dining options, bars, swimming pools, and more. Additionally, you can explore the entertainment complexes of VinWonders, which feature a thrilling array of family-friendly games and activities suitable for all ages.

Hanoi to Pu Luong

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