Getting there & away
Mai Chau is 135km from Hanoi and just 5km south of Tong Dau junction on Hwy 6. There’s no direct public transport to Mai Chau from Hanoi; however, buses to nearby Hoa Binh (25, 000d, two hours) are plentiful. From Hoa Binh there are several scheduled buses to Mai Chau (20, 000d, two hours) daily. Usually these stop at Tong Dau junction; a xe om (motorbike taxi) from there to Mai Chau proper will cost about 15, 000d.
Theoretically, foreigners must pay a 5000d entry fee to Mai Chau; there’s a toll booth at the state-run guesthouse on the ‘main’ road. More often than not, there is nobody there to collect the fee.