Welcome to Mai Chau


The villagers are mostly White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China. Most no longer wear traditional dress, but the Thai women are masterful weavers producing plenty of traditional-style textiles. Locals do not employ strong-arm sales tactics here: polite bargaining is the norm.

Due to its popularity, some find the Mai Chau tour group experience too sanitised. If you’re looking for hard-core exploration, this is not the place, but for biking, hiking and relaxation, calm Mai Chau fits the bill nicely.


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Mai Chau activities

$175 Transfers & Ground Transport

MAICHAU HIDEAWAY LAKE RESORT - DAILY TOUR DEPARTURE FROM HANOI

Itineraries : Day 1 : Ha Noi – Maichau Hideaway resort( L,D )7h30-8h00 AM: Depart from Hanoi, about 3 hours on the bus through National Road No 6. It is the time to stretch the legs  at  Ba Khan, Enjoy the landscape along Da river like the Halong bay on mountain.12h00 PM: Arrive Maichau Hideaway resort for lunch, enjoy your meal at Maichau restaurant and admire the exceptional panorama view to Black river ( Da river). The view is breathtaking and “could not be missed “when you plan your trip to Mai chau. Sure that you will get a lot of beautiful photos featuring the green mountains, blue river.14h00: Biking to Go Lao Water fall and  visit village, local houses on stilt17 h 00 : Back to Mai Chau hideaway .You can also choose to explore the surroundings on your own or relax with the comfort of  your room or unwind at our swimming pool (optional).19h00 Dinner.For evening enjoyment, you may interested in a traditional dance show with Ruou Can (a local wine). Overnight at Mai Chau hideaway.Day 2 : MaiChau – Outdoor activities and beautiful scenery- Hanoi ( B,L )7h00 - 8h15 AM Breakfast time. Check out.8h30 starting and spend your morning to take a boat trip and kayaking on Da River as the biggest lake of Vietnam. It takes 45’ 9h00 AM: take a short brake to visit a floating houses and experience fisher man daily life there.10h AM Kayaking  and climb up to Fairy Pond, it’s beautiful and pristine, you will love it at first sight.  .The water here is blue like jade.11h30 AM: back to Maichau Hideaway resort by boat.12h30 Having lunch at restaurant in Maichau Hideaway resort.13h30 : transfer back to Hanoi.17h00 Arrive in the Old Quarter Hanoi and drop at your hotel.

$290 Cultural & Theme Tours

DAILY TOUR TO NINHBINH - TAMCOC - MAI CHAU-KAYKING -CYCLING

Itineraries : Day 1 : Ha Noi  - Ninh Binh Tam Coc – Maichau Hideaway resort( L,D )7h30-8h00 AM: Depart from Hanoi, about 2 hours on the bus through National Road No 1. It is the time to stretch the legs  at  Ninh Binh.10am: Arrive at the ancient capital of Hoa Lu 10:15am: Visit the temples of King Dinh and King Le11:30am: Arrive at Tam Coc wharf 11:45am: Buffet lunch featuring Vietnamese cuisine13h00: Sampan boat trip through the caves (90 minutes including rowman). 15h00: Return to Tam Coc wharf for a short breakTransfer to Maichau. Enjoy the landscape along Da river like the Halong bay on mountain. 18h00 Arrive Maichau Hideaway. 19h00 Dinner.Overnight at Mai Chau hideaway.Day 2 : Discovery by Kayaking and Cycling  tour on Hoa Binh lake. ( B, L,D )7h30 Am enjoy your breakfast at Maichau restaurant and admire the exceptional panorama view to Black river ( Da river). The view is breathtaking and “could not be missed “when you plan your trip to Mai chau. Sure that you will get a lot of beautiful photos featuring the green mountains, blue river.8h30 starting and spend your morning to take a boat trip and kayaking on Da River as the biggest lake of Vietnam. It takes 45’ 9h00 AM: take a short brake to visit a floating houses and experience fisher man daily life there.10h AM Kayaking  and climb up to Fairy Pond, it’s beautiful and pristine, you will love it at first sight.  .The water here is blue like jade.11h30 AM: back to Maichau Hideaway resort by boat.13 h30: Biking to Go Lao Water fall and  visit village, local houses on stilt16 h30 : back to Maichau Hideaway resort .19h00 Dinner.For evening enjoyment, you may interested in a traditional dance show with Ruou Can (a local wine). Overnight at Mai Chau hideaway.Day 3 : MaiChau – Hanoi ( B,L )AM Breakfast time. Free time. You can also choose to explore the surroundings on your own or relax with the comfort of  your room or unwind at our swimming pool11h00 . Check out.12h30 Having lunch at restaurant in Maichau Hideaway resort.13h30 : transfer back to Hanoi.17h00 Arrive in the Old Quarter Hanoi and drop at your hotel.

$290 Cultural & Theme Tours

DAILY TOUR MAI CHAU-KAYKING -CYCLING - PULUONG NATURE RESERVE

Day 1: Ha Noi – Maichau Hideaway resort ( L,D )08h00: Depart from Hanoi, about 2.5 hours on the bus through National Road No 6.It is the time to stretch the legs at BaKhan, enjoy the landscape along Da river like the Halong bay on mountain.12h00: Arrive Maichau Hideaway resort for lunch, enjoy your meal at Maichau restaurant and admire the exceptional.panorama view to Black river ( Da river ). The view is breathtaking and “could not be missed “when you plan your trip to Mai chau. Sure that you will get a lot of beautiful photos featuring the green mountains, blue river.14h00: Biking to Go Lao Waterfall and visit village, local houses on stilt17h00: Back to Maichau hideaway resort.You can also choose to explore the surroundings on your own or relax with the comfort of your room or unwind at ourswimming pool19h00: Dinner. For evening enjoyment, you may interested in a traditional dance show with Ruou Can (a local wine) (optional). Overnight at Maichau hideaway resort.Day 2: MaiChau – Outdoor activities - Pù Luông  ( B,L,D )08.30: Get on car transferring to Pù Luông natural reserve (in Thanh Hóa province) which is 2 hrs driving away from Mai Chau Hideaway.10.30: Arrive Đôn village and then start the off road trekking tour from Đôn village and passing some tribal villages (Ươi village, Trình village, Lặn village,etc). We can have an overview of Ươi village from the road on the top side. After 1 hour following small muddy trails, getting through dense forest and tracking along stream to reach Trình village,  rural beautiful scenery of local life, people doing farm-work. 11.30: From Trình village we will go by car to Nủa village (only 30 minutes transferring)12.00: Arrive Nủa village and stop at one of the local homestay, then having lunch - A really traditional and fantastic lunch with lots of cuisines . Take time to get knowledge on their culture and life. 13.00: Take a rest before starting to trekk from Nủa to Cao village.15.00: Arrive Pho Doan to join the car back to Maichau Hideway. Dinner and night at Mai Chau hideaway.Day 3: MaiChau – Outdoor activities and beautiful scenery- Hanoi ( B,L )07h00 - 08h15: Breakfast time. Check out.08h30: Start and spend your morning to take a boat trip and kayaking on Da River as the biggest lake of Vietnam. 09h00: Take a short break to visit a floating houses and experience fisher man daily life there.10h00: Kayaking and climb up to Fairy Pond, it’s beautiful and pristine, you will love it at first sight. The water here is blue like jade. 11h30: Back to Maichau Hideaway resort by boat. 12h30: Having lunch at restaurant in Maichau Hideaway resort.13h30: Transfer back to Hanoi. 17h00: Arrive in the Old Quarter Hanoi and drop at your hotel. End of services!

$110 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pu Luong 2 days

DAY 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmEasy Trek to Chieng Lau, Yen, Ba villages, Bamboo rafting on Cham Stream : 07:00 – 07:30 = Pick-up at Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to go to Pu Luong Nature Reserve by Limousine bus.09:00 = Short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).11:00 = Stop at the local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority; enjoy the beautiful scenery of ThungKhe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).12:00 = Arrival in Mai Chau and transfer to a van to go to Pu Luong Reserve nature13:00 = Check in and lunch at Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.14:30 – 17:30 = Board the van to the starting point. Following the small road through the terrace rice and sugar cane fields, cross the Hanging Bridges to visit other remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic. Stop at the giant waterwheels, ducks farm to learn about the agriculture before getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream (cruise depending on weather conditions).17:30 = Pick up the van to go to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat. Enjoy swimming in the Infinity Pool.19:00 = BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.Day 2: Pu Luong - Hanoi 200km. (B,L)Medium Trek in Kho Muong village and explore Bat Cave:07:30 – 08:30 = Have breakfast in the lodge. Enjoying the breathtaking view from the lodge.09:00 – 12:00 = Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote rural villages of Black Thai Minorities to learn about the local people in Pu Luong.(6kms) Explore Doi Cave (Bat cave) of Kho Muong village, this is the largest cave in Pu Luong. (Depending on the weather condition)12:00 = Back to the Eco Garden - Mountain Retreat, check out.13:00 = Have lunch and have free time to relax in the Infinity pool or walking around the village.14:00 = board the van to go Mai Chau to catch the Limousine bus to go to Hanoi.17:00 = Soft break on the way.19:30 = Arrive in Hanoi old quarter drop you off at your hotel.Tour Ends.

$486 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Mai Chau Fishing and Farming Life Tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau, Cycling (L,D)8am: Pick up from your hotel and head west towards Hoa Binh. Stop for refreshments.10am: Leave Hoa Binh for Mai Chau Valley, approximately 2hrs.12pm: Arrive in Mai Chau. Lunch in a family house in the local village.2pm: Cycling expedition around the surrounding villages of White Thai ethnic people with your guide. Visit the Thai Cultural Museum on the way.6pm: Prepare and cook the evening meal with your host family, learning about family-style Vietnamese ingredients and cooking techniques and participating in the nightly group meals.8:30pm: Be entertained by Thai traditional dance in a stilt house, enjoying a taste of traditional alcohol, ruou can, with the community.Overnight: traditional stilt house, unique to Mai Chau.Day 2: Farming and Fishing in Mai Chau (B,L,D) Morning: Start your day experiencing a day of working with local farmers in a vegetable garden. Take a short walk around the garden and learn how to prepare the soil and plant some vegetables. Be introduced to the cultivation of the vegetables as well as discovering the use of vegetables in Vietnamese food. Take a trip around the vegetable garden and join the farmers in preparing the land and fertilizing it with seed in the garden. Other activities will include: raking, sowing, and watering etc…Afternoon: Walk to the stream where your tour guide will explain the process of using the net, a local traditional fishing technique that uses round and cast nets. Try your hand at scooping fish out of water. Experience raft rowing on the stream. Enjoy fishing nearby local family house. Learn to prepare the bait and pick up the right location for successful fishing. Set your eyes on the herds of water buffalo and catch a breath of fresh air around the village, here you at your on leisure.Overnight: local family home-stay.Day 3: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B,L)7:30am: Enjoy breakfast in the local village and walk to Mai Chau market. Climb the 1000 Step Cave, with a breathtaking view from the entrance and inside the cave.12pm: Have lunch in the local village before boarding the bus back to Hanoi.5pm: Arrive back to your local Hanoi for an overnight stay, at your own cost.

$56 Day Trips & Excursions

Mai Chau 1 Day Tour from Hanoi

7:30 – 8:00 | Be picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter to depart for Mai Chau. Have a short break during the drive.11:30 – 12:00 | Arrive in Mai Chau and then have a traditional lunch at the local village.13:00 – 15:00 | Follow the guide to ride the bicycle around the surrounding villages of Thai minority, passing by many stilt houses and boundless rice fields, watching the peaceful scene of farmers working in fields and locals weaving scarves. 18:30-19:00 | Return to your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and the day tour ends.Important Notes: • All fees, bicycle rentals, and lunch will be arranged by the guide. • Please inform your dietary requirement at the time of booking.