Mai Chau is Vietnam’s secret alternative to Sapa. This trip to the highlands of Vietnam’s Mai Chau region offers a mix of culture and adventure set amongst some of Vietnam’s most stunning scenery – limestone mountains covered in thick, lush vegetation, green rice paddies and corn fields, plumes of bamboo groves, tea plantations and waterfalls.
Stilt House in Mai Chau
Base yourself at the boutique Mai Chau Lodge for three nights in addition to spending a further two nights staying in ethnic minority villages. Hike through villages of the H’mong, Thai and Dzao people for an average of five hours a day, and take for an in depth experience of Mai Chau & Vietnam’s ethnic minority hill tribes. Here you will notice different styles of housing amongst the various tribes and watch families (wearing their traditional, intricately embroidered clothing) plough their fields using water buffalos. It is like going back in time when visiting Mai Chau. Vietnam has many hidden jewels and Mai Chau is highly recommended by Alan Tours’ for adventure, cultural immersion and relaxation.
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau
Upon arrival in Mai Chau valley you will check into the lodge and have a brief orientation to the facilities and activity options (such as nature walks, cycling, and visiting hill tribe villages). Dinner will be served accompanied by a traditional dance performance by the local Thai people.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Hang Kia Village
Following breakfast in Mai Chau town, you will be driven to the H’mong village of Sa Linh from here commence a three hour hike to the village of Hang Kia. Overnight stay in a village homestay at Hang Kia.
Day 3: Hang Kia – Van Village
Today get truly off the beaten track as you trek (approx. 6-7 hours) through tropical rainforest, using the local tracks and passing through cornfields as you descend into Mai Chau Valley. Arrive at Van village by late afternoon (home to the Thai people) and spend the night here in a traditional house.
Day 4: Van Village – Mai Chau Lodge
After breakfast, continue to walk (approx. 2 hours) to Xam Khoe village where a vehicle will transport you to Mai Chau Lodge where you will be able to rest and relax in comfort.
Day 5: Mai Chau Lodge – Nanh Village
From the lodge drive to the Da River and take a short boat ride to visit this beautiful village of Dzao ethnic minority. Enjoy a picnic lunch and return to the lodge in the early afternoon. There is the option to relax in the lodge grounds. Overnight in Mai Chau lodge.
Day 6: Mai Chau – Hanoi
Breakfast is provided in Mai Chau, followed by your departure to Hanoi in the mid-morning.