Myself and my friend stayed here for 3 days and 2 nights, the accommodation is a traditional house on stilts, basic but very comfortable. The scenery is beautiful and Binh and his brothers could not do enough for us. They cooked for us and taught us about food culture and also arranged trips for us to see the surrounding areas of Mai Chau. It was such a genuinely amazing and also relaxing experience away from all the touristy areas of Mai Chau. If you want to experience what life is like for Vietnamese people surrounded by beautiful scenery this place is perfect!
I went to the homestay to meet up with a friend to discuss our future travel plan. When i got off the bus from Hanoi, my friend arrived on her scooter to pick me up, accompanied by Binh. He took my big back on his scooter and i got on the back of my friends scooter. We first went to a house belonging to one of his family members for lunch. I was welcomed with open arms and i was fed very well. Because it was a Sunday afternoon they were all having a big lunch to discuss the work week and laugh with each other. It was amazing. After lunch Binh took us back to his house where we were staying. He explained that there were more rooms being built at the bottom of the house. As i arrived i could tell that we would definitely be living at a genuine homestay. The beds were very comfy and there were mosquito nets on every one of them. When dinner was ready we came down and joined Binh and a few family members for yet another meal. He translated a few things when it was necessary and het explained a lot about the culture and meaning behind certain things. For example; they drink the rice wine shots to get the digestion working so you can eat more, which is necessary if you live in the mountainous areas like this. The next day quite a few problems arose for me. I had trouble with my flight, my visa and even my bank. But thankfully I was staying at the right homestay. Binh helped me with every problem that he could help with. He even offered me an extra night stay without charge because he knew i was running low on money and I couldn't do anything until my visa was sorted out and my bank issues were solved. Besides all his help and his amazingly friendly and warm character, he told us about the big cave as you can read in a few other comments. We didn't have any trouble with unexpected prices, he clearly stated how much it would be and asked if i was sure because my money was running low. We didn't have a lot of time and energy at the time so opted for the half day scooter drive to the cave. The last bit of the drive was enough reason for the price itself. It was a very very difficult road, but they got us through it. The cave turned out to be the best I've ever seen. 2 days after i had to return to Hanoi to get my visa finally sorted out. He helped me by thinking of ways to best get my passport there for the extension. Eventually i agreed that it would be best if i brought it there myself. So i went on the back of my friends scooter and we left. While we were there we went by his wife's place to pick up the keys for a bike i was going to rent for our trip. His wife got wind of my visa and asked how much it would cost me. She made a few phone calls and she got it done for a lot cheaper. And i was glad i could handle it through them, because they already felt like family. When we left Hanoi the next day we took a few jars of jam to bring back to Binh. Our ride back to mai chau was horrible. We had 2 flat tires and a lot of rain already in the beginning. Thankfully Binh translated for us through the phone and got us through it. Because we lost so much time we had to stop an extra time right before the mountain pass to warm up and get some food. After we got a little bit warmer we left for the last bit of our ride. The mountain pass was incredibly cold and as foggy as i had never seen. Eventually we arrived at about 9 in the evening (we left at 11 am) shivering from the cold. Binh came out of his house and gave us both a big hug. When we got in the house he had dinner waiting for us even though it was so late. His brother and sister in law were there as well and they all welcomed us once again. We went upstairs and finally got some sleep. The next morning Binh was almost done fixing the bike i was going to rent, he made sure everything was perfect before our big trip. (Did i already tell that he got me a discount with his friend because i didn't have so much money ;p?) All in all it was an amazing stay and we both feel like we have made a new family here in Vietnam!…
Myself and my 2 friends stayed here for 2 nights, the food was absolutely delicious and binh and his family were so generous! If you really want to experience rural Vietnam then this is definitely the right place for you. It is about a 20 minute drive from Mai Chau village so if you dont have a motorbike then bare in mind you are quite far out. Thank you Binh and family!
We stayed two nights here and thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery is amazing, the family are very welcoming, the home cooked meals were delicious and the rice wine was great. Binh is a great host and we got the experience some authentic white Thai culture (song , dance and a lot of rice wine). If you're looking for something a bit different from the usual tourist stuff, this is the place for you. I would highly recommend it.
We had an amazing stay with this friendly welcoming family. It was a local experience out of the touristic crowd. We made a beautiful and unforgetable daytrip to their family in the mountains. They made an amazing lunch!! Highly recommended to those who dont mind back to basic and experience the real Vietnam rural life. We hope to be back!