Duration: 2 days / 1 night
Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Ha Noi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. From the top of Cun Mountain, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities, including the Thai ethnic group, live in Mai Chau. Stilt houses border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish.
Day 1: HA NOI – HOA BINH – MAI CHAU (L, D)
Depart from your hotel at 7:00AM, after 2 hours beautiful bus ride to Hoa Binh, via Song Da Hydroelectric Power Plant. Visit Giang Mo Village (ethnic Muong). Continue with taking a boat trip on Da River to visit Muong Tru village. Enjoy the nice natural beauty, local daily life of minority people. Back to the wharf then transfer to Mai Chau. In the evening, join the traditional dance music of local (optional). Overnight in homestay.
Day 2: MAI CHAU – HA NOI (B, L)
After breakfast, then head out for 2 hours of easy cycling through the verdant rice paddies and local villages to experience the daily life. Walk more along Pom Coong village and go shopping with local traditional handicraft products. After lunch, return to Ha Noi, drop off at your hotel around 4:00PM. Trip ends.