Hoa Ban Plus

Hoa Ban Plus, Mai Chau: Hours, Address, Hoa Ban Plus Reviews: 5/5

Speciality & Gift Shops
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
The social protection center Thuận Hòa, later known as Hoa Ban +, is where women who are poor and/or disabled from the Mai Châu district receive vocational training to hold creative jobs in the art of crafting (textiles, garments, embroidery). Since 2008, Hoa Ban + has established itself as a place to not only help disadvantaged women to make an income but is also a place where national identity of the Thai people has been preserved. The center also created a model of social enterprise which has helped with learning and community development. At our shop, you are able to buy premium products that are unique in its design and quality while also helping the community of disabled and poor artisans. You are more than welcome to meet them, they love to show you their work!
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Lindsay
Spokane, WA16 contributions
Motorbike tour (half day) with Vinh!
My partner and I did a half day motor bike tour with Vinh (female), which was excellent! Vinh runs a homestay, but we did not stay at the homestay. We stayed at Mai Chau Eco Lodge which is just a simple short bike ride away. We rode bikes (supplied via our lodge) to the facility across the street, which happens to be affiliated with her (see previous post by other reviewer regarding helping poor disabled women and hand sewn items)—We bought the cutest headbands there! Anyways, that led us to pop in to see Vinh because under her homestay sign there was “motorbike tours”. She offered us vietnamese plum/apple as we booked our trip. She supplied both separate bikes for my partner and I and have a brief lesson and let us test them out first around the little village. We (me, partner, vinh, and a male accompanied Vinh) then got on the road and it was beautiful. Felt very safe. She showed concern as did her male friend. We rode through the beautiful mountains. Stopped st beautiful mai chai valley view for views and photo. The. Stopped for white STICKY RICE with peanut sesame dipping, sweet corn, corn husk beverage (also with spectacular view).Then traveled on and went to a lake with a spectacular view. Then to waterfall to swim in and cool down take photos. Then back through the beautiful mountains and home. Was spectacular in every way. She also helped us book our bus from Maichau ecolodge back to Hanoi! She is very laid back. Very knowledgeable. Helps disabled and poor women. Works with women trying to help supply them jobs. Vinh is a beautiful person inside and out! Her English is also great!!!!! Half day motor bike tour was $25/person USD. We tipped her on top of that because well it was amazing and she’s a beautiful person doing beautiful things in the village! She also has a full day tour which sounded awesome ($55 ish/person USD ), but didn’t want to commit to half day tours as we never do. cảm ơn Vinh!
Written June 6, 2019
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BecksRoss
Calne, UK14 contributions
Giving back
Oct 2018
I endeavour to find social enterprises that give back to the community when I travel, if I can. I don't spend a lot on 'souvenirs' but prefer to have things that are guaranteed as locally made and - better still - that contribute to the place where I have been. In remote Mai Chau, it was lovely to find this shop. It is full of beautifully crafted pieces of real quality. An added bonus to a stay in a stunning locale.
Written October 18, 2018
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Samantha J
Philadelphia, PA38 contributions
Beautiful woven goods and a worthy cause
Jan 2018 • Family
We were very pleased to be able purchase handmade woven goods (beautiful table runner and a pillow case) from this workshop where we could see the women working and also know that this was providing a job to women who were disabled or had difficult social situations. The goods are beautiful. They even make some for fancy shops in Japan. If I had had any little children to purchase gifts for, I would have taken advantage of the cute and well-made stuffed animals that were also for sale.
Written January 21, 2018
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,813 contributions
Genuine Article
Dec 2017 • Friends
The Mai Chau Valley over recent years has developed a thriving eco-homestay business for the ethnic minority White Tai and Black Tai who settled this area about 400 years ago.

As you walk or bicycle around you will find many open-faced shops (people's houses, actually) selling all sort of shoddy souvenirs, bedspreads and wall hangings. But if you look closely, many of them are machine made and some, I suspect, are from China.

So do yourself and the authentic local people a favour and go to Hoa Ban Plus.

You know it is authentic because you can see local women hard at at it in the workshop next to the sales shop. And many of them are disabled, and Hoa Ban Plus gives them the opportunity of meaningful employment and the means to gain respect as income producing members of their families.

I recently had a new bedroom added to my house in Rayong, Thailand, and it is themed in blue throughout. So I ended up buying a beautiful silk wall hanging in blue tones, with touches of yellow and red. It is a touching souvenir of my lovely time in the Mai Chau Valley.
Written December 25, 2017
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Williamstowngirl
Melbourne, Australia17 contributions
Local handicrafts supports women
Jul 2017 • Couples
Hoa Ban Plus sells a range of stylish handicrafts made and sold by local women living with a disability. As this shop is located further out than Lac village or Pom Coong village it takes a bit more effort to locate. Worth visiting to source unique handicrafts and support these local women.
Written July 19, 2017
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eline v
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A unique yet traditional shop
Jul 2017 • Friends
Why I would choose to visit this shop for some souvenir shopping above any of the others in Mai Chau is because every item has a special story behind it. All the products are locally crafted and hand made by disabled women. This opportunity enables these women not only to earn some money however also allows them to gain respect within their families! Therefore by buying these elegant goods, you will not only have a lasting memory of your visit to Mai Chau, however you will also make a small impact on the lives of these women.
Written July 18, 2017
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sondl18b
Hanoi, Vietnam7 contributions
VOLUNTEER AND EXCHANGE CULTURE
Jul 2016 • Business
if you go to Mai Chau, dont miss to go Hoa Ban plus to discover Thai traditional textile. morever. you could have some experiences in weaving, embroidery and become our parner or volunteer
Written July 23, 2016
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Izumi H
5 contributions
heartwarming experience in Mai Chau souvenir shop
Mar 2016 • Friends
I saw almost all souvenir shops in Mai Chau (Lac1& Lac2) and this shop was the best one with high quality, sophisticated design.
I talked with the owner (Ms. Thuan) and am so impressed with the reason why she established this shop. We looked around the factory where handicapped women work. They welcomed us warmly and work with passion. I recommend to visit here for sure!!
Written May 4, 2016
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crusaders_039
Cambodia16 contributions
Very friendly staff and lovely products.
Apr 2016 • Friends
Visited in April 2016, one day tour from Hanoi.
During my cycling in the rice fields, I found this factory, and realized that handicapped ladies were making gently the beautiful cloth. The staff was very friendly, and showed us around the factory. I bought the unique standing pen case.
Written May 3, 2016
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Tsit Tsit
Tokyo, Japan3 contributions
Heartfelt welcoming and beautiful textile make you feel relaxed
May 2016 • Friends
Hoa Ban plus is located in Mai Chau, 4 hours to get there from Hanoi city by bus.
Surrounded by gentle mountains and paddy field, you will recover yourself from busy life.
Hoa Ban plus is originally founded for women who have difficulty make a living because of handicap or poverty.
However, now you'll find that it is more than a job training center.
Workers here are making craft works lively and cooperating with each other.
Harmonized design with nature and tradition makes you feel comfortable and peaceful.
You cannot miss Hoa Ban plus when traveling to Mai Chau.

Written May 1, 2016
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