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Mai Chau Ethnic Journey





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Mai Chau is the nearest ethnic minority community to Hanoi, and attracts many travelers due to its idyllic scenery and friendly people. Mai Chau earns its place as one of the most picturesque regions of Vietnam’s northwest, holding its own against tourism heavy-hitter Sapa. The region is covered by rich tropical forest, limestone panoramas, and rice paddies. The sheer splendor of the natural landscape is guaranteed to take your breath away.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong – Hang village
Day 2: Pu Luong – Mai Chau – Hanoi


  • Mai Chau - Hoa Binh
  • Mai Chau
  • Rice Field in Mai Chau
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  •  Take a scenic drive to Hoa Binh the trail head, gateway to Vietnam’s northwest highland and best know for trekking center of Mai Chau.
  • Trek on dirt unpaved routes through local minority group villages and evergreen rice fields, vegetable farms and fruit orchards, undulating up and down hills and valleys, with sspectacular karst rock mountains as backdrop.
  • Explore Vietnam’s northwest natural heritage site, Pu Luong Nature Reserve, with its rich biodiversity blessed with rich forest, limestone panoramas, rice terraces and breathtaking scenery.
  • Immerse in cultural exchange with the Eco-Tourism Homestays, hosted by friendly local ethnic people, at different minority group villages and enjoy trying tasty local dishes in the natural surroundings.
Detailed Itinerary
   Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong – Hang village (L,D) (170 km):   
Depart from your hotel bright and early at 7am for transfer to Mai Chau. Upon arrival at Lac Village stretch your legs before having lunch at the house of one of the locals, where you will be introduced to the local culture. The people of Mai Chau have specialized in weaving intricate brocade for generations, and are delighted at the opportunity to show their skills to foreign visitors. The village is organized as a community co-operative, set up and sustainably managed by the people themselves.

You’ll travel a further 15km to board a traditional rowing sampan. Row along the silken waters of the Ma river, stopping at the ethnic villages dotted along the riverbanks. At Hang Village you’ll have the unique opportunity to experience the life and culture of the locals as you stay at an ethnic house on stilts for the night as honored guests. Usually, the host family or guide will cook meals for you, but will not join in out of respect for the guests. If you prefer to them to eat with you, you need to ask the guide in advance to make the arrangements.
  Day 2: Pu Luong – Mai Chau – Hanoi (B, L):   
The daily life of the locals here starts early, so quell the morning grumbles and rise with the sun. Experience the morning routine of the villagers before breakfast at the house before setting off on your trek through the verdant splendor of Pu Luong Nature Reserve. You’ll have lunch at Poom Coom village after being picked up from the edge of the reserve. Departure from Mai Chau at 2:30pm and your return to Hanoi is estimated at 6pm.

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Prices per person in USD from 1st Oct, 2014 to 30th Sep, 2015

Number of pax 1 2 3-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 Over 16
333 200 166 127 106 99 96
Tour prices include:
  • Breakfast and Homestay
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above.
  • Admission
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle and/or a Jeep with an experienced safe driver
  • Boat cruise on Ma rive
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available
Tour prices do not include: 
  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Insurance
Trip note
Guests should be aware there will be visits to various places of worship, which may require respectful dress and behavior. Female visitors must often wear clothes covering much of their skin – and nothing too revealing.

For all our trekking tours – guests should be in reasonably good health – and bring walking equipment.

Attention: The itinerary may be subject to change due to the unfavorable weather conditions


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