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Overview

Discover one of Vietnam’s hidden jewels: the Mai Chau Valley. Take a drive from Hanoi through scenic mountainous landscapes to Mai Chau for an overnight stay. Explore rice paddies filled with limestone karsts, hike to rural villages and be immersed in the culture of the Thai hill tribe people.

Trip Highlights

Mai Chau Valley

Trek through the Mai Chau Valley

Hike the trails around Mai Chau, enjoying views of verdant rice paddies and limestone outcroppings.

Experience hill tribe culture

Meet with the Thai ethnic group, learn about their culture and see their traditional dances.

Enjoy a scenic road trip

Travel along one of North Vietnam’s most beautiful roads, stopping often for photos of the soaring mountains and farming villages.

Itinerary

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Hanoi - Mai Chau

Hanoi to Mai Chau (150km):4hrs

Depart Hanoi early morning for approximately 4-hour drive to Mai Chau located about 150 km southwest of Hanoi.  Just an hour beyond Hanoi, 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. After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the idyllic natural surroundings or hop on bike to discover the tranquil valley 

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.

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Mai Chau - Hanoi - Departure

Mai Chau to Hanoi (150km):4hrs

Short drive to Mai Hich, then start this morning with a light trek or walk through one or some other villages. After lunch in Mai Chau, begin the journey back to Hanoi. Along the way, have a camera ready for the amazing views on arriving at the top of Mai Chau Valley. Continue the drive and reach Hanoi late this afternoon.

* If in Mai Chau on a Sunday, catch the weekly market in the village of Xa Linh which is home of the Green Hmong hill tribe. Note this is an optional extra, ask the travel consultant for further details.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a traditional stilt house (private sleeping area per group) or hotel accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room at the Mai Chau Lodge/ Mai Chau valley view 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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