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.
Choose from the following tours:
MAI CHAU (2 days/1 night)
MAI HICH (2 days/1 night)
MAI CHAU JEEP TOUR (3 days/2 nights)
DAY 1: HANOI TO MAI CHAU (-/L/D)
8:00 Depart for Hoa Binh. Photo stops to admire the hills covered with tea plantations, rice paddies and dotted with limestone rocks. Visit a village market on the way. Continuation to Mai Chau valley, typical steps on the road to Dien Bien Phu. Removed along the mountains of Laos, visiting authentic villages where you are greeted by the Thai ethnic groups living in houses on stilts.
Lunch in a traditional house in the village Van. Then do an easy, short walking tour to the villages of Van, Pomcong and Lat to discover the daily life of the Thai ethnic minority.
Overnight in a hotel or a house on stilts in Mai Chau.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU-HANOI (B/L/-)
This morning, you will continue the trip with a valley bike trip (easy level, 10km) to visit a local daily market, Natang, Phalong, Naphon and Chieng Chau village of White Thai people. Enjoy lunch in the village.
In the afternoon, drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at around 5pm.
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.
Day 1: HANOI – MAI CHAU [-/L/-]
08:30 You will be picked up by our guide and Jeep to start the adventure. The highlight of the day is the beauty of the traditional farm and village on the way to the reservoir. Your lunch will be served at a local family with traditional food. You will then spend time swimming and boating on the reservoir. In the afternoon, you will check in hotel and enjoy a peaceful night here. Dinner on your own.
Day 2: MAI CHAU [B/L/-]
Breakfast at hotel. You will spend your second day hiking or cycling on the the beautiful countryside, pathway to the tribal village on the hill. The local food will be served for lunch at a family in the village. Take a break after lunch time and you will get back to the eco-lodge in the afternoon. You will have your own leisure time till the end of the day. Dinner on your own.
Day 3: MAI CHAU – HANOI [B/-/-]
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, you are free to choose between swimming or hiking to the nearby villages to discover more interesting things before getting back to Ha Noi by private car.
Trip Notes: Jeep transfer back to Hanoi could be arranged, a surcharge will be applied, but not highly recommend. What to bring: sun cream, sunglasses, warm coat in winter time, swimming suite in summer time, mosquito repellent, hiking shoes, hat. A hosted dinner in the village with traditional performance will be arranged upon on request, a surcharge will be applied.