Mai Chau daily Tours from Hanoi

Mai Chau Daily Tours overview

The bamboo and timber stilt houses that dot the valleys of Mai Chau are very different from the kinds of dwellings you would see 150 kilometres away in Hanoi. They are owned by the Thai hill tribe, the ethnic group living in the area who, every day, enjoy the picture-perfect scenery for which Mai Chau is famous. This Mai Chau Day Trip From Hanoi takes you to the heart of this beautiful region of terraced rice fields, rolling green hills, fertile fruit orchards and the quaint gravel paths that run between them all.

This one day tour from Hanoi offered by Cozy Vietnam Travel shows you the best of Mai Chau, through its scenery, people and food. The magical mountain scenery along the way prepares you for the lush greenery that envelopes Mai Chau, where we will cycle, trek and meet the ethnic Thai people who call this rice-terraced valley home.

Mai Chau Tours day trip highlights

  •   Soaking up the views of the wonderful environment along the mountain roads en route to Mai Chau
  •   Having a local lunch in a traditional stilt house owned by a member of the Thai hill tribe
  •   Cycling the charming village roads alongside abundant fields of rice
  •   Trekking to mountainous areas to speak with the locals of small communes
 

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The best things to do in Mai Chau Tours

If you’re wondering what to do in Mai Chau for your upcoming trip, this Mai Chau Travel Guide is just what you need.

Mai Chau is an attractive destination not only to international tourists to Vietnam but to domestic travelers as well. The idyllic valley of Hoa Binh Province offers great day trips from Hanoi on the weekends, especially when it’s only 130 kms away. You’ll find yourself getting lost in the nature with green forests, gentle hills, and stilt-house villages.

Come to Mai Chau is to come to a laid-back northern village of Thai people, to be a part of a culture, a way of life so different from where you’re from. Mai Chau is indeed the place for those who seek peace of mind, a scenario without the bustling urban noises and come back to what are basics to human’s happiness – beautiful nature and friendliness of the people.

1. Cycling or trekking tours to countryside

Mai Chau Valley has some serious draws for a trekking tour or cycling tour: green rice fields, mountains in the backdrop, gently flowing streams. So why not get out, get a bike or your shoes on for a great trip to the countryside. The dirt roads of Mai Chau won’t be a challenge and you can always stop to rest and admire the scenery. Get into the ethnic village to enjoy their hospitality, their authentic way of life and of course, the food.

Local hotels or homestays can guide you through to rent a bike. Trekking packages can cost more than $40 a day. Or you can just book our Mai Chau tour with 2-hour cycling/trekking tour included in the in itinerary.

Walking in Mai Chau, Cozy Vietnam Travel

2. Homestay at Lac Village

Located in Mai Chau District, about 150 km west of Hanoi, Lac Village is the one of the main attractions in Mai Chau Valley. Lac Village is the typical village of Thai communities with traditional stilt house facing stretching green rice fields.

Thai stilt house are built on stilts 1.5m above the ground, having bamboo floors and roofs made from Goi or May leaves. Each house has a 2-storey structure, the first floor for keeping livestock and the second floor is the family’s living space. But nowadays, the first floor is arranged into a souvenir shop selling traditional brocade products such as cloths, bags, purses, cloth balls and more.

Trekking around the village is one of the interesting thing to do where you can enjoy the idyllic everyday life of the ethnic people here.

You can find at Lac Village a fairly large range of cheaper options for homestay. This is one activity you can save up money and at the same time, interact with local Thai family.

Sleeping condition will be the exact same as that of the host family. Futon, blanket, mosquito net and fan will be prepared. Toilet and shower are up to western standards.

Homestaying at a local stilt house, you’ll have chance to watch traditional dances and singing performed by the villagers. It’s an absolute must-do activity in Mai Chau.

You can find at Lac Village a fairly large range of cheaper options for homestay. This is one activity you can save up money and at the same time, interact with local Thai family. The houses of Thai people are traditional stilt houses with 2-storey structure, the first floor for keeping livestock and the second floor is the family’s living space.

Sleeping condition will be the exact same as that of the host family. Futon, blanket, mosquito net and fan will be prepared. Toilet and shower are up to western standards.

Homestaying at a local stilt house, you’ll have chance to watch traditional dances and singing performed by the villagers. It’s an absolute must-do activity in Mai Chau.

Homestay in Mai Chau

3. Soak in the tranquil Atmosphere of Pom Coong Village

Lying next to Lac VillagePom Coong Village is a Thai village that is less touristy than its neighbor with just equally beauties and attractions. Come to Pom Coong to enjoy the idyll nature, wooden stilt houses, traditional performances and Can wine – a communal and festive drink.

Ethnic-house-on-stilt-in-Mai-Chau

4. Take in the views of Thung Khe Pass

In the list of the best things to do in Mai Chau, it would be a mistake to not include Thung Khe Pass, a famous Mai Chau site to enjoy the views. The pass is on an altitude of about 1000 meter above sea level, cutting through mountain cliffs with a perfect curve. To be more comfortable to enjoy Thung Khe’s views, it’s best to come to Mai Chau by motorbike. Buses to Mai Chau also stop here for a while. It’s such a shame to miss the local foods while admiring the view below. Note down few of them: boiled eggs, grilled corn, sugarcane, sticky rice ‘com lam’.

Mai Chau Hoa Binh, Cozy Vietnam Travel

5. Buy Brocade products made of ethnic groups

Thai women are famous for their weaving skills like every women of the any hill tribe on the mountains of Vietnam. Buying brocade products is not only worth your money but also helps the local community prosper without abandoning their traditional practice.

In each family in Mai Chau there is a loom where a women works on her fabrics for all her life. Thai brocade fabrics has been known for the rich colors, raised patterns and recent years, very stylish and fashionable. Silk brocade and hemp brocade are made and dyed meticulously and entirely from natural elements. You can rest assure that the fabrics are not toxic to your skin at all.

6. Explore Mai Chau’s Caves

If you’re a fan of caves and underground world, Mai Chau Valley has names such as Mo Luong Cave, Chieu Cave, Pieng Kem Cave. The most famous is Mo Luong Cave which boasts marvelous blocks of stalactites, located not very far from Mai Chau. Its two entrances overlook to the stretching rice paddy fields and the villages. It’s a great place for a half-day hiking tour.

Other cave that deserves honorable mention is Chieu Cave to which you can only reach through a staircase of 1200 steps. If you are looking for a challenge, try conquer Chieu Cave. Walking inside the two inferior chambers of a cave has never felt so rewarding.

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