I spent a total of 2.5 weeks traveling through all of Vietnam and Mai Chau was the best part!
My two friends and I were interested in seeing the rice fields in the north. Sapa was well-known spot to go and the only way to get there was by a 12-hour bus from Hanoi (no flights available).
I was looking for an alternative option, and by looking at photos from Mai Chau, it looked very similar to Sapa and was a 4-hour bus ride from Sapa. We booked for 2 nights/3 days.
We were very glad to choose this option because we were the only tourists in the whole village! We got to experience the real agricultural Vietnam and it felt amazing. Minh came to pick us up from our hotel in Hanoi and was our english-speaking guide in Mai Chau. They had bicycles and motor-bikes available to us for touring around. All food was provided and delicious. I'm a vegetarian and they generously catered to my eating requirements. Ka was our tour-guide and took us to various remote locations and we learned a lot about the vietnamese culture and history. We were later able to go and explore the village on our own. No one speaks english but everyone is very friendly and says hello!
A special surprise, we had a group of dancers perform a traditional show for us one night. We felt very special to have this group perform for only us!
They provided mosquito-nets for the beds and they were okay-comfort. I am a very light sleeper so what bothered me where the black roosters crowing at every hour after sunrise.
All in all, we were very happy with the choice of Mai Chau and we were treated very well at the Mai Chau Nature Place
- 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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