Mai Chau is located in a rural valley with towering cliffs, a unique culture and a relaxed atmosphere and only a three-hour drive from Hanoi. There are some nice things to do in Mai Chau, such as cycling through the beautiful green rice fields, visit minority villages, make a trekking in Pu Luong and enjoy the traditional Tai dances in the evening.
The two earlier mentioned waterfalls Pung and Tat Nang are located further from the tourist villages and are hardly visited by other travelers. In addition they are located in a stunning landscape. Around the latter named waterfall you can visit the entire area of Van Ho with many villages of ethnic minorities and beautiful rice fields. Continue a little further to Pac Co village where you can visit an unique ethnic minority market on Sundays. Around the Pung waterfall you will find one of the few terraced rice fields of Mai Chau in various places.
Hoa Binh & Mai Chau Excursion (2 days / 1 night)
Day1: Hanoi – Mai Chau
Drive to the Mai Chau valley. After lunch, explore the mountainous villages at Na Phon and Poong Con. Spend the night with White Thai minority villagers in the town of Lac Village, and enjoy dinner with a local family. (Lunch, Dinner)
OVERNIGHT IN HOMESTAY IN LAC VILLAGE
Day2: Mai Chau – Hoa Binh – Hanoi
Drive to Ben Sang dock for the four-hour boat cruise on the Da River to Hoa Binh. Tour the HoaBinh reservoir and immense power station before driving back to Hanoi.
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