Mai Chau town, Lac Village, Pom Coong Village, Van Village, Nhot Village are among the destinations that can be visited when coming to Mai Chau valley, Hoa Binh province. They are the most popular placed for tourists to gather. Some of the most common services here including local stilt house accommodation (also known as home-stay), cuisine service, souvenirs, and short daily travel tours.
However, one of the most interesting experience when you come to visit Mai Chau valley, Hoa Binh in the Northern mountainous region in Vietnam is to hire a bike to ride around the village, on the little roads leading to the villages, through the vast paddy fields in green where you can be lost in that color. You will also see the local life through their daily works on the fields of rice or vegetable.
The green of the rice on the plain fields or terraced fields shall tale tourists to come to a peaceful land that cannot be found in the big cities. Decorated on that green fields, you will see the yellow of bamboo ranges, the pretty little stilt houses that beautify the colorful natural painting.
Mai Chau Valley Travel Guide
From Hanoi, you can travel to Mai Chau by coaches departing from My Dinh or Giap Bat parking stations. The ticket price is ranging from $3,6 to $4,6 per person per way depending on the travel agents. If you have abundant tile for this tour, you can hire a motorbike at the price of around $6,4 per day and follow the National road No. 6 to come to Mai Chau. The road is quite easy to travel and the gorgeous landscapes on the way shall be the thing that attracts you during the journey.
Especially the section of Thung Khe Pass which is the white stone pass that you may see on the music MV of Bao Anh singer with the song of “Song xa anh chang de dang” (Not easy to live without you).
Arriving in Mai Chau valley, you can choose to stay at the stilt houses (in dorm room or individual room) in the form of home-stay at Lac Village, Pom Coong Village at the price of from $4,6 per night. Here is a nice option to overnight home-stay in Mai Chau suggested by us.
One of the very interesting experience is riding bike around the villages. It takes around $1,8 per half of a day to rent a bike. Mai Chau often attracts many tourists at weekend, so the cuisine shall also be diverse with many option at that time.
What to do in Mai Chau Valley?
You can get the experience of riding bike to admire the rural landscapes and hiring traditional costumes of the Hmong or the Thai to take photos.
Chieu Cave in Mai Chau town is also a destination to visit which is a national relic at the height of 700 m with the leading road of 1200 stone steps. In the evening, when the sunshine shines to the cave making the stalactite sparkling, the cave becomes gorgeous in unique beauty. Entrance ticket for this place is $0,5 per person.
Besides, Bo Luong Cave which is about 1 km from Mai Chau town toward Lac Village is also a pretty attraction to visit. The place possesses the nice and special stalactites. At present, the cave is managed by Mai Chau Lodge Hotel. Entrance ticket is $1,8 per person and it is free for tourists staying at the hotel.
To visit a more distanced place, you can hire a motorbike at the price of around $5,5 per day to drive to Hoa Binh Lake nearby Da River to visit Go Lao Waterfall, the hydroelectric lake in Ba Khan commune, Hoa Binh province or Pu Luong preservation center in Ba Thuoc and Quan Hoa districts in the Northwest of Thanh Hoa province.
The specialties in Mai Chau include some kinds of fresh bamboo sprout, fermented bamboo sprout, Com Lam (rice cooked with coconut juice in bamboo sticks), local pork meat grilled, grilled fish, hill-chicken, corn wine and so on.