Originally we were planning to go to Sapa, but the nine hour train ride did not fit into our limited time in Vietnam. Our hotel in Hanoi suggested a trip to Mai Chau as an alternative. We splurged for a private tour (not that much more expensive) since Mai Chau seemed too difficult to navigate solo and we aren't too keen on traveling with large groups. Our guide, Trung, was a perfect match for us. He was knowledgeable about the area and gave us a lot of flexibility with our schedule and activities. We filled our three days with biking, riding scooters, and trekking. The riverside bungalows have a lovely view of the mountains and rice paddies. The food was fairly bland for our taste, but they accommodated us with always serving a side of chili sauce.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Ban Lac Village, an ethnic Thai villageConsists of 4 standard 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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