I recently stayed at Mai Chau Nature Lodge in Hoa Binh provence in Vietnam. I traveled with my 69 year old mother and my sister [both in our 40's]. We stayed in basic bamboo huts with thatched roofs. There was a small bathroom and our hut had two bedrooms.There's a central kitchen, located in the open air and serviced by a small team of local White Tai minority ladies who are shy but friendly and who provided us with three delicious meals a day. From our balcony there were gorgeous views, overlooking rice fields nestled among huge limestone mountains- breathtaking! We were provided with pushbikes and rode around dirt tracks through two Lac villages and into the main town of Mai Chai. We had a go at silk weaving and had the option of a swim in a lovely serene lake if we had so desired. There is also a good walk to a local cave set high in the mountains that is worth doing.
We were provided [on request] a driver and car to take us to a local ethnic minority village of the Hmong people and on the way stopped to chat with some local women picking tea.
The people at the Nature Lodge are so hospitable, there are some fabulous local handicrafts to buy, local walks with beautiful scenery, a local market or you can simply relax.
I hope to travel to Mai Chau again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Ban Lac Village, an ethnic Thai villageConsists of 4 deluxe river view bungalows and 4 standard garden bungalows. All are inspired by a traditional ethnic Thai stilt-house, built in 1966. The eco-friendly bungalows are on 2000 square meters of land with vegetable gardens, a fish pond and a living museum showcasing the traditional local daily life.At Mai Chau Nature Place- Riverside Bungalows, guests are welcomed and served as members of the family. Guests will live in the same way that people lived centuries ago. Communal life helps guest better understand the local customs from the past and help preserve the Thai traditions.The bungalows were built with local materials that are very friendly to the environment, such as wood, bamboo and palm leaves. Each bungalow has been designed for simplicity but also for coziness and has a spacious private balcony for relaxing or sipping tea, which is prepared for you. From here you can also enjoy the peaceful scenic countryside, green fields, gentle streams and animals grazing. Mai Chau Riverside Bungalows is the perfect place for escaping noisy, dirty, busy city life. ... more less
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