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Mai Chau Nature Place
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

As soon as we arrived here we knew we would enjoy our three nights here. The bungalows are basic and creaky, but we weren't expecting to live in the lap of luxury for the price we paid. Bed was comfortable. Had trouble with the hot water on our first night but the problem was fixed immediately. Meals were tasty and plentiful. The pushbikes were fun and I loved my little pink helmet. A hike up to a place called the 1000 steps cave (but who's counting) and a walk through the local markets was another highlight. We followed this with a one hour massage at the local village. The second night we heard of a motorbike tour with Dan through the countryside around Mai Chau. He asked if we would like to stay the night in Pu Luong at a homestay. We jumped at the chance and had a memorable day and overnight stay. After leaving Mai Chau we realized we had left a small bag. A phone call was all it took - it was put on the next tourist bus back to our hotel in Hanoi. Couldn't ask for better service than that.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

As an experience I would rate this 5 stars, but I would be concerned about misleading anyone about the accommodation. The bungalows are extremely basic, but I loved them, and the bathrooms could certainly be better but we coped! We had 2 neighbouring bungalows, one for our 2 boys (12 & 14) and one for us. We only had 2 nights there and it really wasn't enough - the food was great, the staff were gorgeous and the bikes that you can borrow, provided lots of fun. We would return from an afternoon bike ride, have drinks on our deck overlooking the river and then have dinner in the informal, open air dining area. Mai Chau is a beautiful area and well worth visiting and we would highly recommend Nature Place for the complete experience it offers.
We loved Vietnam and although this was by far the most basic accommodation we had in our 16 nights there we all agree it was one of the most special parts of our trip.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

Our usual budget in Vietnam was $15-25 a night but we 'splashed out' [;)] and paid ~$40 a night for a river front view in this place. Was it worth it? Probably not. If I was to go back I'd do a 'proper' home-stay in one of the Guest Houses in one of the villages (there aren't many on TA but there are LOTS in the villages).

We arrived by motor-bike-taxi from the bus stop at Tong Dau and the guy said something to the drivers in Vietnamese which led to them charging us a ridiculous rip-off price. I think they thought we were new to Vietnam (we weren't and had been travelling the less traveled road) so they could get away with it. This made us basically paranoid about getting further ripped off and completely ruined our stay here.

Obviously to some travelers value for money and prices are not an issue in Vietnam. To us they are and I absolutely despise being ripped off anywhere in the world - it is just not how you do business.

The only reason I am giving them 2 stars is that the place was quite nice and the staff were friendly enough to make up for this a little. Our room was nice, although the mosquito nets had holes in them (the rooms are open at the top so a mosquito net is absolutely necessary). The view wasn't so much about the 'river' ('stream' would be more accurate) but the hills - which were beautiful. The room was clean enough. The water wasn't hot, luke warm would be more accurate. The food was excellent but a tad on the expensive side (when we arrived it was quite late and they brought us dinner without us asking and we'd already had dinner. But we felt bad so tried to each as much as we could - of course we were charged for this). They had some local tribes perform some dances which was really cool. We were also able to arrange our onwards transport back to Hanoi with them which was really good.

If they hadn't ripped us off I'd give them 4/5. Probably still value for money is what stops them being 5/5 and on this front I think a proper home stay with a local family is a much better way of visiting Mai Chau than splashing out on these resort-type places.

Room Tip: River front views are probably worth the extra cost.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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themoon0304, Owner at Mai Chau Nature Place, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2013

Dear Michty6 !

My name is Manh, a youngest brother of Mai Chau Nature Place family !
Firstly i would like to say thank you very much for visitting Mai Chau and satying in our Family !
We also really sorry about the " Problem " with the motor taxi drivers. I can sure that there was no any Rip-off like you though. This happened everywhere in Vietnam specialy in our village Whenever the drivers take guest to the homestay they always ask the family to give them some money. Because they though thanks to them to bring the guests to the guesthouse. So we had the same problem they always ask for money when they take the guest to our place. However in my place, we have a rule that we will not give any money to the driver cause we know all the guests who come to our place they knew us and they asked the driver take them to our place. So that is what's we spoke to the driver that you had reservation with us already and we never give money for that. We always welcome guests as a part of our big family that is all the thing you can feel it when you stayed with us ?

" A tip wherever you are, please call us (84.9)4688.8804 we will help you to find us or pick you up for free if you are small group nearby or can arrange a good taxi for you.

About the price: Our " River View Bungalow" is from 30 - 45$/room/night depend on the season. This is including breafast, bicycles, tax, Village entrance fee and the perfomance. That's not expensive cause even if you stayed in a hotel in the Town for 100$ you still dont get chance to enjoy the perfomance daily like we do.

About the name River Side. We named our place by the name of the river there. We know that after hundred years the river is getting smaller than it was how ever it's still a river and we can not change its name. And if you came in a rainning day you will see the river got bigger cause we are in the mountain the water comes fast and go fast. Pass 10 years ago we used to have flood in the river so that is reason why we had the still house.

Finally we would like to send you a big apologize to you. We hope this email help you to understand us and forgive for the misunderstood. Our biggest problem is only me can speak english so whenever i am not home my family can easy make a misunderstanding by their little english how ever they are friendliest people.

So thank you for readding this and we hope to welcome you in Mai Chau in another time

Wish best wishes to you !

Best regards !

Do Manh

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Reviewed August 26, 2013

We had a mixed time at Mai Chau nature place.
The bungalow was lovely, clean and spacious. The decking was worm through though and we nearly fell through several times.
The beds were comfy. The shower was terrible, we ended up using the one in the toilet which was consistently cold but at least sometimes more than a trickle.
There were power cuts virtually the entire time we were there which is to be expected in somewhere so rustic.
What ruined the experience for us was the loud rave music coming from the football pitch next door on Saturday and Sunday night. We spoke to a guide and he said it happens every weekend.
The staff were amazing, so helpful and friendly although no one speaks English so try to hijack a guide if you're not part of a tour. The food was delicious! Huge quantities and variety and cheap beer.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

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.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

A beautiful place in the countryside and a nice break from Hanoi. The scenery and surroundings can't be beat. The food offerings were good with a nice variety offered for each lunch and dinner. The rooms were rustic, but comfortable. No WIFI is provided, but you don't really need it as there are plenty of places for walking and trekking. There were local ethnic dance performances on some evenings. It does go by two names--Nature Place and Mai Chau Riverside Resort, which initially caused us some confusion. I would not hesitate to return for the beautiful environment.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

After 2 weels in country thos was our highlight. Two packed days walking, riding and experiencing this firendly area. We wlaked thorugh the fileds, and cycled the roads until we fell. All the home stays are great it seems. What stood out: our kids playing football with the local kids into the evening and asking our hosts to arrange local dancers and musicians to put on a show to remember. MAke visitn gthis rural imple area a must and get our of the normal tourist rut.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 38 Lac 2 Village | Na Phon, Mai Chau 0218, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Hoa Binh Province > Mai Chau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 44 Specialty Lodging in Mai Chau
Price Range: $31 - $41 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mai Chau Nature Lodge -Introduction Welcome to Mai Chau Nature Lodge. We are a homestay that offers a wide range of options for your travel needs. Opened in 2010 known as Mai Chau Nature Place, this is an upgrade accommodation nearby neighbor Na Phon village that is still operate by the same owner - Manh Do. A local Vietnamese person with many years of working in Vietnam’s tourism industry and helping the local coummunity in developing and protecting their cultures and customs. This lovely homestay is located in a rural Thai village with fabulous view of the rice paddies, villages, and mountains. It is only a kilometer away from the main tourism- Lac Village, so you can easily walk or take a cycle to the village for your shopping desires yet far enough to enjoy the peace and quiet nature of the valley without the noise of the horn or loudspeakers of the tourists. In Feburary 2012 Mai Chau Nature Place has been recommended as “The Best place to stay in North West Vietnam” on Lonely Planet Guide book so our upgrade location is even better after guests’ feedbacks and improving our services. 2014 Mai Chau Nature Lodge has been recommended again in the newest Lonely Planet Guide book as top 3 best places to stay in the Northern Vietnam. Mai Chau Nature Lodge warmly welcomes you with 3 private wooden Bungalows with ensuite bathroom, aircondition, and high class beding and linen. The Bungalows are decorected as Vietnamese architecture with a private porch and little yard to make you feel like home during your travel. 2 new luxury modern Rooms in the villa is an idea to give you the most comfortable stay. A large Thai stilt house for the communal dorm with curtains covers around the bed, reading lamp, and a fan for all for your very own privacy. Our goal and aim is to stay true to our Mai Chau roots to provide you with an authentic experience by sleeping in the communal room, eat meals as a group, and treat everyone like family. ... more   less 
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