Mai Chau

Isolated Mai Chau and the nearby villages are in a valley around 139km from Hanoi and only 150 metres above sea level. Nestled between two towering cliffs and surrounded by emerald green paddies, it is an enchanting sight as you approach down the windy cliff side road and the villages and surrounding countryside present an idyllic rural scene that could easily charm you into staying longer than intended.

In sprin, Mai Chau is a bright, almost parrot-green and by autumn this green transforms into golden hues as the rice approaches harvest. Taking the time to watch these transitions of color seems like a perfectly useful way to spend your time while there.
The scenery isn’t the only reason visitors flood to Mai Chau though; those bemoaning the dearth of truly budget accommodation in Vietnam will be happy to learn that this is one place you can stay for a song. The budget accommodation option is a ‘homestay’ in a stilt house in one of the ethnic White Thai villages a short walk from Mai Chau town: Ban Poom Coong, Ban Lac 1 and Ban Lac 2.
The best time to visit Mai Chau is between October and April, as outside of these times Mai Chau can become unbearably hot, particular in June through to August, and if you’re staying in a homestay you’ll find little respite from the heat as electricity doesn’t come on until the evening. That said, some good deals can be had on the pricier hotel options out of season.

See by location

Exclusive Valley Challenge 2 days
  • Experience the traditional songs and dances of the Thai, Muong and H’Mong people
  • Join kayaking on the Da River and cycling through Poom Coong and Lac Villages
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery including verdant rice paddies, long green bamboo bushes and Go Lao Waterfall

Price from $100
Mai Chau – Pu Luong 9 days Adventure
  • Understand a little more about how the people live
  • See glorious with beautiful views of valley, rice terraces, rich rain forest
  • Walk on the valley floor and are surrounded by rice paddies and beautiful scenery
  • Trek through beautiful villages, the gravel tracks and small paths used by the locals

Price from $502
Mai Chau – Pu Luong 6 days Hard Trek
  • Join hard trek tour through remote villages and spend the night in homestay accommodation
  • Enjoy the trek path runs uphill and downhill through forest, rice terraces and scenic villages
  • Experience the everyday life and culture of Thai and Muong ethnic minorities and spend nights with friendly locals

Price from $332
Mai Chau – Pu Luong 5 days Hard Trek
  • Discovering everyday life and culture of the white Thai people
  • Visiting interesting places: Poom Coom village, Ma river, Pu luong Nature Reserve
  • Seeing beautiful hill side villages, magnificent rice paddies, hand crafted bamboo water wheels

Price from $296
Mai Chau – Pu Luong 3 days trekking
  • Good trip for experienced trekkers/adventures
  • 3-day private tour to visit Mai Chau and Pu Luong
  • Homestay overnight, eating with the local people

Price from $198