From 387 USD/pax. Private group of 2 pax
Mai Chau, located in the north of Hanoi. Carpets of rice fields in pretty checkerboards at the foot of the Tonkinese cordillera where small authentic villages are nestled. The White Thai ethnic group lives in thatched-roof stilt dwellings and is mainly busy working in the rice fields. They make Ruou Can, a local alcohol made from rice. Pedaling or hiking in this serene environment is a real pleasure and gives the opportunity to meet the inhabitants.
Explore the picturesque Mai Chau Valley, enjoy a warm welcome in a traditional stilt house. Explore the lush rice terraces and visit local villages. Have experience to hike, bike, or relax, followed by a return to Hanoi in the evening. Experience authentic Vietnamese culture and stunning natural beauty.
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Our journey begins with a road trip to Mai Chau, through the beautiful Hoa Binh Province, then descending into the Valley of Mai Chau. In the village we will walk to the local market and meet some friendly inhabitants, then to a White Thai stilted house to spend a memorable evening and home-stay with its owners.*
*Optional stay at the Mai Chau Lodge.
Walking time: 1-2 hrs
This morning begins with a drive to Nameo Village where today’s trek begins. The absolute beauty of this area is on display as we pass through forests, terraced rice paddies and villages on this meandering walk. We will spend tonight in a comfortable but simple home-stay in Buoc Valley.
Walking 3-4 hours
This morning we have a four hour trek to reach the village of Van Mai where, on arrival, we will enjoy a well deserved lunch. A boat ride on the Ma River awaits us in the afternoon, during which we will see the other side of this spectacular valley. The option for your evening is another village home-stay, or a night at the Mai Chau Lodge.
Walking 4-5 hours
The final day of this journey will begin with a short 1-2hr walk to Xalinh Village where we get a glimpse into the lives and lifestyles of the Hmong ethnic minority. If you are here on a Sunday you will witness their colorful market in full swing.
We then leave this beautiful part of Vietnam and journey back to Hanoi by road.