In an idyllic valley, the Mai Chau area is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. The small town of Mai Chau is unappealing, but nearby are Thai villages surrounded by lush paddy fields. There’s minimal traffic, and the rural soundtrack is defined by gurgling irrigation streams and birdsong.
DAY 1: HANOI – MAI CHAU – MAI HICH VILLAGE (-/L/D)
8.00 Departing from Hanoi to Mai Chau valley, 150km North-west of Hanoi. Around 12:00, we’ll arrive in the village of Mai Chau. Surrounded by steep mountains and stunning rice paddies, tiny Mai Chau is an uplifting and refreshing holiday from a region packed with challenging travel opportunities. Short trek to visit villages of Thai minority people (biking option is available),and to visit their homes to see how they live and have a friendly chat with other locals. Lunch in a local house.
In the afternoon, continue on by car 15km further to Mai Hich, a beautiful village of the Thai minorities. Enjoy your time with easy walking to visit the neighbours in the village. Dinner with the host family and overnight at a local home (house on stilts) at Mai Hich.
DAY 2: MAI HICH – HANOI (B/L/-)
Enjoy breakfast at a local home.
08.30 Do a short walking tour to visit the villagers and enjoy the bamboo rafting upstream to view scenic shots and to feel the peace. Lunch in a local home. In the afternoon, we’ll drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at around 5pm.