Trekking Near Hanoi: Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. The journey takes about three hours and a half from Hanoi.
Mai Chau valley is surrounded by Thai villages scatting on the hill sides. Most of travelers come to Mai Chau for spending a night in a local stilt house of the Thai people in Lac and Poom Coong village. They will share the house with family, have dinner with the host.
The day highlight is to take a hike around – Hiking through green rice fields, and local thai hamlets. The scenery is not grandiose with immense terraced fields and rain forests. But this is really quiet, peaceful and friendly here. If you don’t have much time, you can enjoy a half day hiking around Lac and Poom Coong village (Mai Chau). If you have much more time, several days to spend on hiking in this area, you can book a two-day, three-day, four-day hiking tour, or even longer.
Booking a guided tour guide is highly recommended for a hiking tour to Mai Chau, especially when you have multi-day hike. You will walk from one village to another, and a local guide knows the trail. The local guide also know the local culture. He will tell you what you should do and should not during the hike.
There are not as many ethnic groups as you can meet in Sapa or other areas in northern Vietnam (Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Lai Chau…). But Mai Chau is really a good place for those who look for easy hiking tours which do not have lots of up and downhill hike. The area is also less touristy then Sapa.
Mai Chau hiking is good for both active travelers and family holidays. Therefore, if you travel with your kids, try to ask your local tour operator to advise the most suitable trail and the shorter hiking trips.
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