Located in Thanh Hóa Province, about 3 hours southwest of Hanoi,Pù Luông Nature Reserve would live up to most people’s image of an idyllic Vietnamese landscape and rural life. Jagged limestone mountains enclose a fertile river valley, dotted with small settlements of wooden houses on stilts. Luminous-green rice fields extend from the waters’ edge to the thickly-forested slopes, which are streaked with waterfalls. Women in conical hats tend the fields, men herd buffalo and goats from one pasture to another, and children play with domestic animals in earthy courtyards, or take turns jumping from bamboo bridges into rivers.
It appears – to the casual visitor, at least – to be a landscape where nature is entirely benevolent; a land so fertile that it sustains each household throughout the year. If you can imagine how an animated Disney movie set in rural Vietnam might look, then you get the idea – kind of like a Vietnamese Shangri-La.
Pù Luông National Park is located in Thanh Hoa province in northern Vietnam. This National Park is situated in Quan Hóa and Bá Thước districts of Thanh Hóa Province, North Central Coast region of Vietnam.
Pu Luong National Park is bordered by Mai Châu, Tân Lạc and Lạc Sơn districts of Hòa Bình Province. The Pu Luong national park is located along two parallel mountain ridges, that run from north-west to south-east, and are divided by a central valley, which contains several human settlements and a large agricultural land area, therefore, is not included within the nature reserve. In Pù Luông National Park is endowed with great biodiversity, its flora and fauna is closely associated with the Cúc Phương National Park 25 km south-east.
Kho Muong is a village of about 65 families with over 300 White Thai people. In local dialect, “Kho” is Origin and “Muong” is Village so "Kho Muong" is understood as the place where people first settled in the whole area.
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