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Overview

Dig deeper into Vietnam’s local culture on this 3-day tour which goes through Mai Chau’s villages including the Green Hmong hill tribe, Van Mai, Mai Hich, Cum and Xam Khoe. Trek through the hill tribe of Xa Linh, walk along the small villages and take a bike ride through the Mai Chau Valley. It’s a great way to be immersed in the vibrant hill tribe culture and learn more about the ethnic minorities.

Trip Highlights

Mai Chau Minorities Encounter

Trek through the Green Hmong hill tribe in Xa Linh

Take a 2 to 4-hour hike to Xa Linh and get a chance to meet the hill tribe community of Green Hmong

Witness a traditional Vietnamese performance

Learn about the Vietnamese ethnic group’s history and way of living through music and dance

Leisure bike through the villages

Take a relaxing bike ride passing by the villages in Mai Chau Valley

Itinerary

1

Hanoi - Mai Chau

Hanoi to Mai Chau (150km):4hrs

Depart Hanoi early morning for a 4 hour drive to Mai Chau located 150 km southwest of Hanoi.  Just an hour beyond Hanoi, after Hoa Binh Town, the road weaves through mountains, fertile valleys, and traditional villages.

Arrive in the picturesque Mai Chau Valley surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies.

Arrive in the picturesque Mai Chau Valley – home of Thai ethnic people - Over 54 different ethnic minorities, the Thai is one of the largest in Vietnam with their own Sanskrit-style writing system, widely used in many written works on history, traditions, customary laws, and literature.  

2

Mai Chau – villages to villages

Routes can change subject to client’s interest..

In the morning, spend around an hour to drive to Xa Linh, then stop for a light trek of 2-4 hours in Pa Co which is home of the Green Hmong hill tribe. Hmong people are especially present in Southern China, Vietnam and Laos. There are different groups of Hmong, such as the Green Hmong but also the Black, Striped or White Hmong and they all have their own customs and traditions. On the way, discover their colorful and unique culture and walk along peach and plum trees where flowers will be blossoming during spring season. Picnic Lunch is served on the road. In the afternoon, enjoy a hiking through to peaceful Thai villages to learn about the daily life of local people before transferring back to the accommodation.  

This evening enjoys a traditional Thai performance of music and dance. The Thai ethnic group has inhabited this area for centuries and much of their lifestyle and traditions have remained unchanged over the years.  

Overnight in Mai Chau.

** If guests are in Mai Chau on a Sunday, catch the weekly market in the village of Xa Linh. Note this is an optional extra. Ask the travel consultant for further details.

 

Distances and journey time:

Routes can change subject to the client’s interest.

3

Mai Chau - Leisure biking - Hanoi

Mai Chau to Hanoi(150km):4hrs

Start this morning by leisure biking to some other villages in the Mai Chau Valley and town’s wet market. After lunch in Mai Chau, begin the journey back to Hanoi.  Along the way, be sure to have the camera ready on arrival to the top of the Mai Chau Valley, for the views are superb.  Continue the drive and reach Hanoi in the early evening.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

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