Considered as the paradise valley of the rice fields, Mai Chau valley has long been destination for Vietnamese families and students who travel to Mai Chau to spend a night at homestay of the White Thai minority and have good time together by the fire place to drink "Ruou Can", sing, dance and play games.
For foreign tourists, homestay experience is unique to see the tradition, culture and daily life of the locals. Mai Chau is also perfect for cycling to see the rice fields, take part in the peasants' farming activities.
If anyone loves adventure, Mai Chau is the base to explore Pu Luong natural reserve, trek through other villages of the H'Mong minority or make a round trip to discover the northwest of Vietnam in Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Lai Chau, Sapa...
The best time to visit Mai Chau
It is definitely the rice season from April - May.
Accommodations in Mai Chau
Homestay is our recommendation because it is very cheap but comfortable enough. Homestay offers "hot/ cold shower", western bathroom, fan, clean sheet and mattress, mosquito net. Especially, you can have meals with the familly, eat their local food and traditional wine. At night, there is an interesting music show performed by villagers.
In case, you want a hotel, there are many choices for you to choose. Below are our suggestions;
1. Mai Chau lodge ****
2. Mai Chau ecolodge *****
3. Mai Chau sunset hotel**
4. Mau Chau valley view hotel**
5. Mai Chau villas - boutique
How to get there?
Mai Chau is around 140km southwest of Hanoi and it takes you 3-4 hours by bus.
1. You can take local bus from My Dinh or Yen Nghia bus station in Hanoi. The ticket is US $5 per person.
2. Hire a private car with private driver from a local tour operator, travel agent in Hanoi.
3. Book Mai Chau tour with Vivutravel as we can customize your trip, add some interesting visits and activities in your tour.
Homestay costs you US $ 5 per person.
Lunch/Dinner: US$ 8- US $ 10 per person
Breakfast: 3 per person
Music show: US $ 30 per show (upon your request)