Mai Chau

Green-green, patterned rice fields dotted here-and-there with ethnic minority villages of the Thai people.

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Mai Chau

Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi 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. Cameras in hand, you will be awestruck with the panorama that stretches out a 1000 meters below where you are standing to an endless valley of lushness. 

 

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 usually has a pond to breed fish.

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Activities

highlights

  • Trekking/Biking/Walking is your option to slowly discover the calm in life of the Thai and H’mong people in this valley town.
  • Watch traditional dancing, music performances (bronze, drums, gongs), singing and dancing by the Thai group.
  • Stay overnight in a traditional house of the H'Mong and the Thai. And savour their specialty dishes including rice cooked in bamboo and grilled meat.
  • Hands on the traditional weaving on a complex wooden at one of the master in weaving fabric in Mai Chau.