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This short, three-day tour in Vietnam gives a peek into a different way of life. You’ll stay in traditional Thai stilt homes in Pu Luong, share meals with your host families and trek through gorgeous countryside. You’ll also have time to spend exploring villages alone.
Vietnam. It’s a place where in one pocket, you’ll find rice fields and kids riding buffalos, while in another, you’ll be dazzled by flashing neon signs and drowned out by the incessant hum of motorbikes. It’s a country of extremes, but the Mai Chau and Pu Luong areas in the North West of the country are definitely more along the lines of the former. In particular, the Pu Luong nature reserve really impresses and is considered by many to be an area of outstanding natural beauty. Rice terraces carpet hillsides, villages hide at the edges of thick forests and wispy clouds roll across the hilltops.
What’s really great about this trek is that not only do you get well and truly out of the city and into the countryside, but you also get to stay in traditional Thai stilt homes. Yes, they may be basic, but it’s not everyday you get to stay in one of these and see how other people live their lives. You’ll share meals with host families, wander around little villages and if you’re up for it – can help out with morning chores. In between all this, you’ll trek through paddy fields, visit ethnic Thai people and also have time to explore alone.
If you’re the sort of person who likes getting off the beaten track rather than simply staying in the tourist hotspots, this tour will be right up your street. You’ll get out into the countryside on treks and stay with two local families – so you’ll get a real insight into life here. Outdoorsy types and anyone keen to learn and experience a different way of life will really benefit from this tour. It’s probably best if you’re open to sharing space with people and enjoy trying new foods as that way you’ll be able to relax and get the most of out of the experience.
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