MAI CHAU DAY TOUR
Set in an idyllic valley, hemmed in by hills, the Mai Chau area is a world away from Hanoi’s hustle. The small town of Mai Chau itself is unappealing, but just outside the patchwork of rice fields rolls out, speckled by tiny Thai villages where visitors doss down for the night in traditional stilt houses and wake up to a rural soundtrack defined by gurgling irrigation streams and birdsong.
The villagers are mostly White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China. Most no longer wear traditional dress, but the Thai women are masterful weavers producing plenty of traditional-style textiles. Locals do not employ strong-arm sales tactics here: polite bargaining is the norm.
Mai Chau is a successful grassroots tourism project and the village homestays here are firmly stamped on the tour-group agenda, as well as being an extremely popular weekend getaway for locals from Hanoi – try to come midweek if possible. Due to its popularity, some find the experience too sanitised. If you’re looking for hard-core exploration, this is not the place, but for biking, hiking and relaxation, Mai Chau fits the bill nicely.
The tour departs from the Old Quarter of Hanoi at 07:30-08:00, traveling by private car to the lush valley, rich with rice fields and ancient tea plantations. Stop to take scenic photos before you arrive at Mai Chau at 11:30-12:00.
Admire the stunning backdrop of green limestone mountains, rice paddies, and fruit orchards. In the summer, each orchard is a different color as the fruits begin to ripen.
After lunch in a local village take a 2-hour guided cycle ride and see farmers working in the fields, and locals weaving scarves. Visit peaceful villages of traditional stilt houses dotted between modern homes.
Explore the daily life of the minority people, and learn more about their ancient traditions and customs. Look out for bright green parrots in the dense forest. Return to Hanoi, driving along one of Vietnam’s most scenic routes.
8:30 – 19:00 Drop you off at your hotel, and end of your trip.
|Price per person in USD||Group of 2 pax||Group of 3 – 4 pax||Group of 5 – 6 pax|
• Round-trip private transfers from Hanoi
• Local lunch
• Bike rental
• English speaking guide
• Entrance fees
• Breakfast and dinner
• Travel insurance
All rates are USD per person.
|Group Size||2 – 3||4 – 6||7 – 10||10+|
Inclusions: Full transfers by A/C tourist car, Bicycle, Entrance fees, Lunch and English speaking guide.
Exclusions: Drinks, Travel insurance, Tips and Personal expenses.
+ Free of charge for children under 5 years
+ 50% rate of adult for children (5 – 9 years)
+ From 10 years is adult’s rate
– Special request (diet or vegetarian,…) should be sent before your departure date.
– The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.