Culture of the ethnic community in Mai Chau
What attracts tourists to highland area is the culture of each ethnic group, coming to Mai Chau, tourists are integrated in the cultural and daily life of Thai people. Especially, the local will let you try wine-stick which is a special wine of ethnic people, holding hands and dancing with the rhythm of the gongs.
Mai Chau is also has a rich treasure of folk arts with the characteristics of the Thai and Mong people through many traditional activities and festivals such as the "Pray for Rain" festival and the " Chá Chiêng ”of the Thai people and “ Gầu tào ”festival of the Hmong people.
Praying For Rain Festival Of Thai People
Best time to visit Mai Chau
Mai Chau is an appropriate destination in all seasons, but you can choose the most suitable time to enjoy things that you are interested in:
November - February: In winter, the air is chilly, peach blossoms and white plum blossoms bloom cover all the corner of Mai Chau.
March - April: Cool and pleasant weather and mountain ebony blooming season.
May - August: The climate is quite cool, no flowers but there are plums, peaches for you to pick. At the beginning of September, Independence Day attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists coming every year.
Lac Village - Mai Chau Valley
How to get there
Mai Chau is about 140km from Hanoi and about 60km from Hoa Binh City to the Northwest. In order to reach Mai Chau, you can choose the option of traveling by motorbike or taking a passenger bus to Mai Chau. From Hanoi, tourists can take a bus at My Dinh and Giap Bat bus stations (with the ticket price about 100,000 - 120,000) then take a taxi to the town about 5km away.
Mai Chau town is quite small, so you can rent a bicycle to visit around the villages, not necessarily using a motorbike, there are bicycle rental services at many stilt houses in Lac village.
Accommodation in Mai Chau
Budget choice: homestay with basic amenities: no air-conditioner, western toilet and hot shower. Private rooms are available in a couple of homestays.
Luxury choice: 4-star Mai Chau Ecolodge with full facilities: air-conditioner, hot water, bathtub, etc. Twin / Double rooms are available (also extra beds option). You can also hire bike or book day tour here. In addition, Mai Chau Ecolodge provides shuttle bus service to pick-up and drop-off you in Hanoi and return.
Things to do in Mai Chau
Go cycling, walk around the village or take a trek. On the other hand, you can visit Thai ethnic museum, see 1000 steps cave and Mai Chau market. Especially, enjoy Thai ethnic traditional dance.
What to bring
Passport, change of clothes, sun-glasses & hat, suncream, sun-block, insect repellent, flashlights, good shoes, personal first aid kit & medicines, VND for personal expense.