Explore the culture of ethnic Thai
Mai Châu is a rural district of Hoa Binh province in the northwestern region of Vietnam. The district is located at about 160 km from Ha Noi. The scenery of Mai Chau attracts many tourists. The Mai Chau area is well known for its stilt houses. The type of stilt houses, or pile dwellings, they construct are called Thai stilt houses and are made of bamboo and timber. These houses are elevated 10-12 feet off the ground in order to avoid water damage and shelter animals from the elements.
8. 00- 8:30 - Pickup at your hotel, then driving 3. 5 hours to Hoa Binh province.
10:00 - Short break
11:30-12:00 - Scenic photo stop of Mai Chau valley/arrive in Mai Chau
12:30 - Traditional lunch in local village (vegetarian available)
13:00-15:00 - Bicycle ride with local tour guide, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages. Leave Mai Chau
18:30-19:00 - Drop you off at your hotel, and end of your trip.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel
End location: Your hotel or anywhere you wish
Duration: 8 hours
4 seater car (Toyota) or 7 seater car (Toyota Innova or Ford Everest) for 2 people and 16 seater mini bus (Ford Transit or Mercedes) for 3 people to 10 people
All entrance fees
Private air conditioned car
A bottle of mineral water each guest
Lunch at Thai's homestay village
Bicycle with 2 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 USD - To buy souvenirs and drinks
I am not a driver. I can arrange private air conditioned car with driver for 2 persons and minibus as Ford Transit for up from 3 persons.
I also could customize tours upon your requests.
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This is a long trip but well worth doing. The scenery becomes quite spectacular as you gradually climb into the mountains. Mai Chau is set in a valley and to reach it you have to climb up a mountain before descending to the small village below. After a delicious lunch, Anh took me on a bicycle ride through the rice paddies and local villages. Anh is friendly and passionate about sharing his knowledge of Vietnam and its people. I highly recommend Anh as guide and would definitely use him again.