Situated in Hoa Binh province, about 130km from Hanoi, Mai Chau is the nearest place to discover both the breathtaking mountainous scenery and the colorful hill tribe culture of the Vietnam’s North West region.
Surrounded by the idyllic emerald green paddies and the vast mountains, the place presents a perfect rural scene that can charm any adventurer. If you wish to explore the hill tribe culture within time limitation, Mai Chau is an ideal alternate choice apart of the well-known Sapa.
Mai Chau is home to Thai ethnic group, which consists of two main tribes: White Thai and Black Thai. Their ancestor had settled down in this area with the famous stilt houses, which are made of bamboo and timber and elevated high off the ground.
Coming to this retreat center of North Vietnam, you can take a walking tour around Lac village, Pom Coong village and enjoy the daily life of the local people, or get to the top of the 1000-step cave. Kayaking or boat trip is also available.
The best time to visit Mai Chau is between October and April, when the weather is calm and cool, and the rainfall level is not too high. In spring, you can also admire the glorious beauty of green paddies and the charming white flowers blooming.