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  • Mai Chau

    Mai Chau Valley is set in the stunningly beautiful, mountainous region of Hoa Binh Province, 135km south west of Hanoi. Many of Vietnam’s 54 indigenous ethnic minority groups live in the region, making the local Sunday market a colourful place to be! The region provides an excellent base for light trekking or cycling, thanks to the picturesque valleys and rice paddy terraces, the friendly locals and the many small villages that make ideal destinations to break from your days activities.

    Mai Chau is growing in popularity due to its convenient location, 4.5 hours by car from central Hanoi, offering the perfect solution for visitors keen to escape the busy city streets of Hanoi and elsewhere in Vietnam. Pu Luong Nature Reserve stretches from Mai Chau Valley to Cuc Phuong National Park to the south east, and is rich in both cultural interests and wildlife.

    Mai Chau Eco Lodge complements its rural surrounds perfectly, with a handful of thatched hilltop stilt-houses to accommodate guests, and pleasant facilities (including a scenic swimming pool) that are a cut above those offered elsewhere in the area. Alternatively, homestay accommodation can be arranged in a minority-tribe village for the more adventurous.

    Nature Trek
    One of the more alluring aspects of Mai Chau is the natural scenery – visitors can take advantage of all the lush green and fresh mountain air by spending the day exploring the countryside on foot.

    Village Hop
    Dotting the countryside are small tribal villages like Ban Poom Coong, Ban Lac 1 and Ban Lac 2. Stop in and meet the locals who live in these villages – they may even show you some of their daily activities or invite you in for a traditional meal.

    Pu Luong Nature Reserve
    Just a short jaunt from Mai Chau is the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, worthwhile of a visit to see endangered species like leopards, civets and bears, as well as many different types of bird species.

    Mo Luong cave
    Located inside Pu Kha Mountain, this cave, meaning “big course of stream,” is an incredible site to see. Enter via in Mai Chau town or – with a guide – through the back entrance from the water current in the Chieng Chau commune.

    Village Homestay
    With many homes having opened their doors in recent years to tourists looking for a traditional homestay, guests can enjoy a night in a stilt house, cooking and eating traditional Vietnamese food with a local family and learning about their culture.

    Countryside Cycle
    There’s no better way to see the rolling foothills, lush green rice paddies, and traditional villages than by cycling through the Mai Chau valley. Guests can rent bicycles in town and enjoy a day of fresh mountain air and picturesque rural landscapes.

    Hanoi to Hoian Expedition (11D)

    Hanoi to Hoian Expedition (11D)

    11
    Days
    Hanoi → Halong Bay → Pu Luong National Park → Mai Chau → Ninh Binh → Quang Tri → hue → Hoi An Da Nang
    A fascinating journey exploring Northern and Central Vietnam – areas particularly rich in World Heritage Sites: dramatic Halong Bay, fabulous former imperial capital of Hue, the charming old port town of Hoi An and the ancient ruined city of My Son, but as usual...
    Vietnam Highlights (12D)

    Vietnam Highlights (12D)

    12
    Days
    Hanoi → Mai Chau → Halong Bay → Hue → Hoi An Da Nang → Saigon
    See the very best of Vietnam at relaxed pace in just twelve days — a greatest-hits tour of this fascinating country. Starting from Hanoi in the north you will see ethnic minorities in Mai Chau, cruise the waters of Halong Bay, and visit the...
    Mai Chau Eco Lodge

    Mai Chau Eco Lodge

    Mai Chau is a beautifully rural, tranquil valley just under a hundred miles from Hanoi, and its backdrop of paddy fields and emerald mountains offers total respite from urban bustle. Mai Chau Eco Lodge complements this perfectly, with a handful of thatched hilltop stilt-houses...
    Sol Bungalows Mai Chau

    Sol Bungalows Mai Chau

    Tucked beneath a forest-covered mountain in stunning Mai Chau Valley, the Sol Bungalows offer peaceful, good quality accommodation in one of Vietnam’s most picturesque rural...
    Mai Chau Lodge

    Mai Chau Lodge

    A simply superb location; set amongst paddy fields as far as the eye can see, yet just three hours by car from Hanoi, the Mai Chau valley is a true escape from the congestion of the hectic city...