Mai Chau is one of top 10 cycling places in Vietnam. It is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh town. Mai Chau valley offers a wide range of easy and fun bike tours that are ideal for those riding about 20-30km per day. Cycling around Mai Chau valley, cycling from Luong Son to Mai Chau, Mai Chau bicycle tour from Pu Luong, bike ride Mai Chau to Pu Luong, Tam Coc are what the Mai Chau region can offer.
Mai Chau map
From the top of Cun Mountain, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities, including the Thai ethnic group, live in Mai Chau.
Stilt houses border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also usually has a pond to breed fish.
The Sunday market brings a lot of people into town. People from different minorities living in the mountains come to Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn, and tho cam made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and to participate in traditional dances.
Mai Chau can be a base for some cycling & trekking tours to the villages around, this is with homestay overnight on the traditional houses of the H’Mong and the Thai. Worth a guided trekking tour there. Tourists especially enjoy the minority specialty dishes including rice cooked in bamboo and grilled meat. They also enjoy watching traditional dancing, music performances (bronze, drums, gongs), and Thai minority singing and dancing. The remote minority villages are attractive sites for tourists.
Mai Chau cycling tours
Discover the beautiful countryside of northern Vietnam on these sample cycling adventures through Mai Chau Valley, Mai Chau village. Explore the rural side of this exotic country, best known for their hospitality, breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. We tackle single track paths and challenging trails, riding along terraced rice fields and unspoilt nature, and overnight at a friendly hill tribe village.
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Mai Chau nearby places
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- Son La