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“Is this Vietnamese Enough for you?” 2 of 5 bubbles
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Mai Chau Nature Place
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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67 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Is this Vietnamese Enough for you?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2014

Are you looking for the authentic Vietnamese experience? No, not the one you've read about in Lonely Planet or by some "epic traveler" in a Fodor's forum - I'm talking about the true Vietnamese experience: pounding techno, abysmal service, and a rundown facilities at a price that is 3X what the place is worth. If so, this is your scene.

Upon arrival at this lovely "eco" resort, make sure to take note of the floral and fauna that makes Vietnam such a beautiful place. Notice the river and how peacefully all manner of plastic litter floats by as more and more is added each day.

After taking in the sights, take a 2 min. luke-warm shower and perhaps enjoy a cocktail before dinner and the evening's "traditional" dancing. If you're lucky enough to find some one who even attempts to help you, you're in luck. A warm beer is sure to come your way in no time. Take a few swigs and settle in on the flimsy bamboo furniture as this is not just a happy hour it's also training for your accommodations later. Yes the bungalows you'll be staying in are made from the same flimsy bamboo, so unless you're a 65lb Vietnamese lady, you'd better get used to the trampoline floor in your paper thin bungalow. The walls are equally as thin, so unless you're a Native Alaskan, it's better to stick to the warmer months lest you freeze at night.

But I digress, you're coming here for the traditional Vietnamese life, right? That can mean only one thing: techno. Nothing says "nature" and "eco" quite like the repetitive bass of the same song played over and over and over again while what can only be described as a cat being strangled karaokes into a mic to add to this incredible rural, cultural experience.

To top it all off remember that you're paying for this experience and at least $25/night (As a point of reference, in Laos we paid $7/night for better accommodations). At the end of the day, NASA's $600 hammers are better value for money than this.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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themoon0304, Owner at Mai Chau Nature Place, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Dear WanderrlustAdv !

Thank you very much for your review ! And i am very sorry about that our lodge didn't meet your standard.
Actually, we don't understand well your review because you have used lots of " special words" and compare to many things that we never been to. But you have been traveled to 180 cities so i think you had a good chance to see the world better than us.
We agree that the facilities are running down because the house is made by bamboo. we have built 3 more better bungalows at the new place also have plan to rebuilt these bungalows. However we will do the same way and same materials like wood and bamboo. because we don't want to break this beautiful rural village. About the price: 3x $/bungalow is including the breakfast, the thai performance at night and bicycles all the time. It is a bit expensive compare to Ha Noi, i think. Our price is higher because of: we are only type of this accommodation in MaiChau. We have 1 person who look after these bungalows 24h for fire, storm... and 3 years time we have to change the wall,floor,roof. because these material can not stay for a long time like a Concrete house. The normal price for a room with no toilet and bathroom inside in Mai Chau already 20$ or you can stay in the town in the big hotel for 80-150$/night.

About the :"lonely planet- epic travelers" this is a biggest present from the travelers gave to us and this is motivation for us to work at the binning steps. We wish to say thanks to them a lot. It really change my family and my mind.

About the warm beer. I am really surprise to hear that. because we have a fridge near the kitchen with a lot of beers and drinks there. We never ask the guest have to tell us when they want to get a drink. everyone can get it yourself and write it down on the paper yourself to make the payment when you check out. We use to joke: you can drink 1 and tell me 10 or drink 10 tell me 1 is ok. we just want to make you feel like home and trust you like family. So a warm beer is only when we out of electricity only. But it doesnt happen much and long.

After all we just want to say sorry and hope there is another chance to see you again. and wish you have satisfied trips.

Many thanks and best regards !

Do Manh
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Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

I loved my 2 days/1 night trip to Mai Chau, even if it meant conquering the cold. The area is pretty and lovely to ride your bike around. Nature place serves the best food, some good and cheap drinks (beer, wine, local drinks) and are very helpfully with extra blankets and a heather. Showers are hot, beds are warm, staff is kind and food is great.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

We were on a 10-day NW loop tour and had elected to stay in the Riverside Bungalows based on the generally excellent reviews.

We had a riverside bungalow which had pleasant views over the paddies.

We were unlucky in that the weather was pretty cold. The bungalow was of bamboo with ill-fitting doors front and back and open eaves. A chill wind was blowing between the doors. Although the staff gave us an electric heater it was ineffective because of the drafts. We were also given extra blankets so were at least able to sleep. Temperature in the room was around 10 C.

The eating area is outside. Because of the cold all or nearly all the guests were wrapped in blankets to eat their evening meal. The meal itself was OK.

The dance performance was good for a local troupe. It would have helped if one of the guides present had translated the troupe leader's introduction to each dance.

Breakfast consisted of 2 fried eggs with either excellent fresh-baked French style bread, or noodles. One small cup of sweet coffee was included. A second cup was chargeable, which we felt rather mean, especially as one of us had only taken hot water for her own tea-bag, and something we don't recall ever experiencing before

We did not take any of the resort's tours.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Richard K
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themoon0304, Owner at Mai Chau Nature Place, responded to this review, March 7, 2014
Dear Richard K !

Thank you very much for coming to Mai Chau and staying with our family ! And thank you very much for your sharing review!
We really sorry for the weather on the day you stayed. we tried our best but it seem did not make you warmer.
Yes, we had really cold days past. We understand that sleep in our bungalows in the cold weather is not warm, specially we are face to the large rice field and the bamboo wall is weak so the wind can come into the rooms. As you said, we did give you more blankets and heater to each room to hope everyone can have a good sleep.
Anyway, the winter has gone away. And the weather is very beautiful in Mai Chau now with sunny days, little wind and a large green fields and mountains. So we do hope there will be another chance to welcome you and everyone to Mai Chau. And we sure you will love this place much !
We also will try our best to make the rooms better this winter.

One more time, thank you very much for your visiting us and comment !
We wish you a happy new year and see you !

Best regards !

Do Manh
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Monmouthshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

We booked this tour at the Hanoi Nonprofit Hostel at 17b Hang Ga, Hanoi. The tour was really well organised.  Friendly helpful staff, both at tour office, the guide and the homestay staff.  Superb and generous food.  Lovely traditional accommodation.  Good value for money (we paid $65 for a bungalow, 2 day and 1 night tour - less than the advertised rate of $100). We really had no complaints.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014

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

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Mai Chau was my favourite destination in Vietnam. The Mai Chau Nature Place made it extra special - I stayed 2 nights/3 days here in December. Must admit the nights were colder than I anticipated but the days were lovely. Lovely staff, absolutely amazing food, went on an awesome motorbike tour to the national park, rode bicycles around the rice paddies, just took in the great scenery and atmosphere, climbed up 1200 steps to the ave. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank dominicwoh
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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42 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

We are used to staying at places with more stars than the nature place but I have to admit it was value for money. The rooms were rustic, to say the least. We went there at the end of December 2013 and it was quite cold. There was a window in the room but above the walls was fresh air before the roof. But we were provided with a heater and were cosy once in bed. The food was great and the people were very helpful and accommodating. The area was nice and the little local village was good for shopping and to walk around. We went for a motorbike ride with a guide and also did some cycling. One of the problems with Vietnam is the noise of roosters and dogs at night and Mai Chau was no exception. So the lack of sleep quality was due to being in Vietnam in general not necessarily the Riverside resort. At the time we stayed there there was some event on at the field at the corner of the road which was belting out horrible loud music all afternoon for 2 nights. At least it stopped before 10pm. Apparently this was some special event on for the local youth.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AcecNZ
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Property: Mai Chau Nature Place
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 Specialty Lodging in Mai Chau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
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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