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    Mai Chau - one of the most beautiful spots in the country.

    Discover the beauty and exotic cultures of Vietnam’s highlands with an overnight visit to Mai Chau. Only a few hours from Hanoi, this area is filled with towering limestone karsts, green mountains and lush fields yet is rarely visited by tourists. Spend a night with a hilltribe family and take light hikes in the area as you immerse yourself in the wonders of Mai Chau Valley on this Northern Vietnam tour. Set off from Hanoi and drive northwest toward Mai Chau. The scenery changes dramatically from cityscapes to flatlands and finally entering the towering mountains of the northwest. Arriving in picturesque Mai Chau you will be treated to a delicious lunch while soaking in the magnificent scenery.

    Mai Chau - one of the most beautiful spots in the country.
    Mai Chau is set in an idyllic valley and about 120 km south-west of Hanoi, which puts it close enough to the capital city to make it a worthwhile destination for the weekend or overnight trip for travellers. Is the heart of a beautiful valley that is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. The modern village is an unappealing sprawl, but as you emerge on the rice fields and rural living it is transformed into a real paradise. It’s a stunning area, a mosaic of rice fields, bamboo groves, and scattered settlements of ethnic White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China.

    The White (and later the Black) Thai migrated to Vietnam from what is now Thailand about 2,000 years ago, and they incorporate elements of both cultures. They give this valley its unique atmosphere, with their picturesque villages of bamboo and timber houses raised on stilts. Thai women are skilled weavers, with looms in use below most of the houses and Thai weavings making a fine memento of a visit to this area.  Stay Mai Chau in a Thai family house for a night of traditional hospitality and warmth. After dinner, we may have the opportunity to experience Thai traditional dance display - or perhaps just sleep on a mat in a bamboo stilt house, in a large communal house before an early rise for a walk around the valley.

    Mai Chau - one of the most beautiful spots in the country.
    There are few remote villages and some spectacular trekking routes away from the tourist tracks where you could meet local people at  work and their homes, relax and enjoy  local tea and talk to locals about their living and their culture through the translation of tour guide and get better understanding of Mai Chau people. 

    There are two harvesting seasons annually, their harvest time are in April and September. If you are visiting Mai Chau during harvesting season, the green field will change into yellow-gold color and you can smell the scent of burning rice and paddy husk which is very aromatic.

    Neighboring Mai Chau is a village called Ban Lac where villagers open their houses to travelers for rustic overnight stays and often delight their guests with songs and dances for which they are widely renowned. Guests are invited to relax and enjoy the night whilst sipping from long straws on a traditional alcoholic beverage called “Ruou Can”. So, The scenery isn't the only reason visitors flood to Mai Chau though; those bemoaning the dearth of truly budget accommodation in Vietnam will be happy to learn that this is one place you can stay for a song. The budget accommodation option is a 'homestay' in a stilt house in one of the ethnic White Thai villages a short walk from Mai Chau town: Ban Poom Coong, Ban Lac 1 and Ban Lac 2. 

    From the top of Thung Khe pass, tourists can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses.There is a big "Green H'mong" community living in Paco & Hang Kia village 30km from Mai Chau. They have a fair market on every Sunday morning in Paco - Xa Linh.

    Travel Mai Chau will escort you to trek through terraced rice paddies and small villages, discovering the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the ethnic minority of the Thai people. Enjoy a home stay with locals and help them prepare meals to develop  a  deeper understanding of the culture. Please Contact VietNam Typical Tours for good consultant and best offers.

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