Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The Mai Chau Trek Vietnam is one of our 3 days tours starting from Hanoi, taking you to the north west Vietnam where you visit peaceful rural villages and meet up with friendly local Thai, Muong.
DAY 1: HANOI -> MAI CHAU VALLEY
Depart Hanoi for Hoa Binh province and the town of Mai Chau. This scenic drive takes around three hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. After lunch in a traditional stilt house of the Thai people, we drive for one hour to Sa Linh Village where we start the trek. Today we walk along gravel tracks and small paths, used by the locals. Our destination for this evening is Hang Kia village, home of the H’mong Minority people. Here we stay overnight as the guests of an H’mong family in a traditional long house, situated in a picturesque valley of peach orchards.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU HIKING
Today we trek through tropical rain forest, using the local tracks and passing through cornfields as we descend in to Mai Chau Valley. The trek usually takes around 7 hours and is quite steep in places. Lunch will be provided en route. We arrive at Van village by late afternoon and will have time to walk around this charming little village, enabling us to understand a little more about how the people live. The village is home to the White Thai people, and tonight we will be their guests in one of their traditional stilt houses. There, we will be toasted as honored guests and will be able to sample some of their homemade rice wine!
DAY 3: MAI CHAU -> HANOI
This morning we trek for a couple of hours passing through several Thai hamlets. We walk on the valley floor and are surrounded by rice paddies and beautiful scenery. At the small village of Khoe we meet up with our waiting vehicle and drive back towards Mai Chau. Lunch is again provided in Mai Chau and there is also the chance to do a little souvenir shopping before we return to Hanoi. End tour.