Mai Chau travel guide (Last updated on January 1, 2020)
Mai Chau is a highland district, located in the northwest of Hoa Binh province. It is a beautiful valley, not only attracts tourists with the beauty of the majestic mountains and mountains but when you come here you will have a trip to explore the beauty, culture, cuisine here.
Best time to travel to Mai Chau
- March – April: The “Ban” flower season blossoms to cover the whole area by its white color. Come here at this time you will enjoy the fresh air, cool and pleasant weather.
- September – October: “Golden season” Mai Chau. This is the time when people harvest the crop
- November – February: Winter, the air is cold, cherry flowers and plum blossom cover a big area
How to get to Mai Chau? Transportation to visit Mai Chau
Come to Mai Chau
Mai Chau has located about 140 km from Hanoi and about 60 km northwest of Hoa Binh province and the road is quite easy to go. You will have many options to travel here by motorbike, passenger car (all come from My Dinh bus station, if you choose this type of vehicle, please go to My Dinh bus station with My Dinh address, Nam Tu Liem, Hanoi to buy tickets) or limousines from Hanoi Old Quarter.
You can walk visiting those villages here as they’re located quite near each other.
Biking experience is increasingly popular and selected by tourists. Bicycle rental costs about 30,000 VND / hour or 80,000 to 90,000 VND / day.
Now in Mai Chau, in addition to walking and cycling, you can choose to explore Mai Chau by electric car. The car travels at a relatively slow pace and at a relatively cheap price of about 50,000 VND / person. If you want to rent a car to explore further, you can negotiate directly with the driver.
If you want to explore tourist destinations located far away from this town such as Thung Khe Pass, Pu Luong Nature Reserve … then you need to rent a motorbike. Renting a motorbike is also very simple, there are many motorbike rental shops located in the tourist villages of this town.
- Agree on prices and ask carefully how to calculate the rental period for a motorbike.
- Check the motorbike before you go, if you find it is not safe, ask to change another motorbike.
- You should make a photo in front of your passport to deposit to the store when renting a car or you can also use the money to deposit. When returning the motorbike you will receive back what you have deposited before.
Where to stay? Nice and good Homestay & Hotels in Mai Chau
In Mai Chau from the homestay to the high-end hotel, there are many options for you. If you go on holiday, you are recommended to book accommodation 2-3 weeks before to avoid room unavailability or high prices. Right in the center of Mai Chau, there are many homestay and hotels at very reasonable prices and you can book directly or through the travel company so you get better prices a lot more than you book directly with that hotel. This is an experience when traveling to Mai Chau you should pay attention.
In addition, Booking.com is a very reasonable choice we would like to advise you with information and photos, very detailed service, as well as reviews of the people who have booked here.
Also, when traveling to Mai Chau you should not ignore homestay stay in the traditional stilt house of the Thai ethnic. Here are some stilts that provide good homestay services that you should note:
Stilt House number 01
Address: Lac village
Phone: 0915 833572 – 0166 3245556
Stilt House number 02
Address: Lac village
Phone: 0974 604719
Stilt House number 05
Address: Lac village
Phone: 0932 541114
Anh Dao Hotel
Address: District 4, Mai Chau Town, Mai Chau, Hoa Binh
Tel: 0218 3867231
Motel Hoa Mi
Address: No. 70, Block 2
Phone: 0944 838454
Places to visit in Mai Chau
Thung Khe Pass
Located on Highway 6 to Mai Chau, Hoa Binh and is one of the most scenic spots you should not miss.
Lac Village is now a popular tourist destination for domestic and foreign tourists. It is a place where bold cultural identity of the White Thai to the present has survived 700 years. Previously, the villagers only live and cultivate upland rice and brocade weaving, after which the hidden beauty of the Lac village is gradually discovered by visitors. And from that, everyone in the village is doing travel and the name of Lac village is one of the key areas of tourism in Mai Chau.
Pom Coong Village
Pom Coong has been known as a cultural village, tourist village, an attractive destination with tourists from everywhere. When you come to Pom Cong you will be exploring the culture of the ethnic minority here.
Only 1 km from the town center, Van Village is located at the foot of Pu Van mountain, where Thai people live, and Thai people live mainly on wet rice, breeding, and traditional farming. Weaving, knitting … Not too far from the crowded city but Van village still pretty much rustic, original from the landscape to the simple lifestyle of the Thai people.
Mo Luong Cave
Located about 2km away from the Lac village, Mo Luong Cave consists of 4 main moors, famous for its stalactites and stalactites forming many unique shapes. After the end of the journey to explore the Mo Luong Cave, in the last cave, visitors will admire a stream of underground water flowing to the lake nearby.
As the sun sets, the sun’s rays strike directly into the cave, filling the splendor of the stalactite, creating a beautiful place like paradise.
This is a place to store and display artifacts and antiques related to the Thai people in Mai Chau.
Chieu Cave is located in the southwest of the town, the cave’s gate is about 10-15m wide, the rafters reach a peak of more than 30m, the residential area is about 350m. To reach this cave, visitors need to cross 1200 stone steps, and the higher you go, the better you can enjoy a panoramic view of the town.
Hai Son Mural Village
When you come here, you will see beautiful and colorful paintings depicting the local cultural identity painted on the 800m-long walls in Hai Son village.
Ba Khan Commune
Ba Khan is a small commune located along the banks of the Hoa Binh hydroelectric lake close to Thung Khe pass. It is also compared to Ha Long on land because the ancient peaks now sinking nearly 200m deep in the lake of Hoa Binh and only rising up its peak. You can kayak or buy a tour to explore the lake in this area.
The experiences you should try
Participate in recreational activities
In addition to visiting villages, tourist attractions, eating, etc., in the evenings on weekends, the villages often organize activities such as campfires, singing for tourists to participate in.
Explore the village by electric car
The electric car is quite popular here and each car can carry a maximum of 10 people so you can also rent an electric car to visit 8 villages in this town for about 200,000 VND and time 1 – 1.5 hours.
This is also an extremely interesting experience when coming here, with bicycles you can freely explore anywhere in town, rice fields, flower gardens … surely you will feel interesting.
Some other travel experiences should be noted
- If you choose to travel by motorbike, you need to find out in advance the road you will be traveling through, take maps or phones with an internet connection to use Google Maps.
- Absolutely obey the traffic safety law.
- For your safety, do not go by motorcycle after 7 pm.