Take a tour in Mai Chau - Vietnam and you won't regret it!

Mai Chau is a great destination if you're not up for trekking in Sapa. You can take a 3.5 hours bus from Hanoi to Mai Chau and experience the simple life of "real" Vietnam, which is not yet overrun by tourists.

Mai Chau has become an attractive destination for those who want to get away from noisy things in the tourist area and return to the peacefully simple life. Welcome to Mai Chau, a beautiful land which is located in Hoa Binh province, about 135km (83 miles) from Hanoi and 60km (37 miles) from Hoa Binh. The journey to Mai Chau from Hanoi takes about 3.5 hours by bus. However this relaxed spot with a beautiful countryside is well worth the long drive to get there. It is a wonderful chance to see the real Vietnam and discover the ethnic minority culture of Mai Chau Valley.

Mai Chau is nestled away in a valley and it is great to see the local folk going about their daily business with always a kind wave and a smile.

Mai Chau valley

Mai Chau valley

Local people are friendly and welcome you with open arms and a smile

Local people are friendly and welcome you with open arms and a smile

From the balcony, you can view down the rice field and mountain, relaxing with a cup of tea of coffee. It's amazing for the morning time while the sun rises. Seeing from above, your eyes and soul will be leisurely opened by a panorama of the lush green rice field terraces.

 

Beautiful view of rice field and mountain (Photo: Hai Le)

Beautiful view of rice field and mountain (Photo: Hai Le)

You can walk or take the bicycle ride around the village and into town to enjoy the beautiful landscape. There are also other activities such as boating on a lake, or hiking.

The highlight of Mai Chau is the humble, traditional stilt houses which are made of wood, bamboo, cane, or rattan. A traditional stilt house typically has an area for drying rice, set one or two steps below the main level. The area under the house is either unused or used as a pen for livestock.

Stilt house (Photo: Hai Le)

Stilt house (Photo: Hai Le)

Soak up the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere (Photo: Hai Le)

Soak up the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere (Photo: Hai Le)

A traditional Vietnamese stilt house and carp pond on the ground (Photo: Hai Le)

A traditional Vietnamese stilt house and carp pond on the ground (Photo: Hai Le)

Stunning nature together with stilts house villages of the ethnic minority groups, attractive local ladies dancing, and numerous fascinating activities in Mai Chau ensure that you will have an unforgettable trip. After finishing this trip, you will understand more about the life of ethnic minority people in the Vietnam. You will also have a more deeply understand the lifestyle of Thai people and experience their customs and culture.

If you are wondering to find a peaceful place for your weekend, Mai Chau will be one of your first choices.

HANI (whereto.vn)

Photo: Hai Le

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