A comprehensive guide to Mai Chau

Located in Hoa Binh Province, Mai Chau is considered one of the best places in Vietnam to immerse in nature and discover the daily life of Thai people. Although Mai Chau has not many attractive tourist attractions as its “neighbor” - Moc Chau, this valley still appeals to a lot of travelers and backpackers due to the romantic beauty, cool fresh air, a rich culture, and unique cuisine. Hopefully, our travel guides below will help you have a great trip to Mai Chau.

When is the best time to go to mai chau vietnam

When to visit mai chau vietnam probably is the first and the most common question of tourists who are planning to take mai chau tours. As the gateway to the Northwest of Vietnam, the climate of Mai Chau is strongly affected by tropical monsoon with two distinct seasons: the rainy season (from May to October) and dry season (from November to April next year). To answer your question when to go mai chau vietnam, we have two options for you:

  • From October to December: During this period, Mai Chau starts to fall into winter; the atmosphere is so cool and pleasant, peach, plum blossom begin to bloom, creating a very impressive scenery.
  • March and April: are the time of Ban flower and many exciting festivals of ethnic minorities, so this period is also the ideal time for you to visit this beautiful valley.

Getting around Mai Chau

Walking: Ban Lac and Pom Coong are close together, so walking around these villages is the fastest way to discover a peaceful Mai Chau. However, to the further destinations, walking is not a good idea and you should choose another mean of transportation.

Cycling: Taking a mai chau cycling tour is also a popular choice for many tourists to explore this valley. What is better than leisurely riding while enjoying the fresh air and stunning landscape of Mai Chau?

Electric car: Mai Chai has now offered the electric car to take visitors around the valley. The price for renting the electric car is quite cheap. If you want to rent for a whole trip or go further, you can deal directly with the driver.

Where to stay

Like other tourist destinations, Mai Chau also offers many homestays and hotels to meet the needs of visitors, so you do not need to worry about this problem. Most of hotels and homestays here are designed in stilt-house style, very impressive, especially to foreigners.

One special thing in Mai Chau is that you do not have to book accommodation in advance because most tourists stay here only for one night and then they continue to visit Moc Chau or return to Hanoi. However, if you go in the large group, about 20 people or more, you can also book in advance for sure. The price for a budget accommodation ranges from 50,000 – 100,000 VND/person/night.

Places to visit

Ban Lac (Lac Village): This 700-years-village is home to 5 clans of Thai people, namely Ha, Lo, Vi, Mac, Loc. Previously, they only earned living by growing upland rice and weaving but now, tourism potentials have been developed and the name of Ban Lac is becoming a key tourist area of Mai Chau.

Pom Coong Village is an attractive destination of Mai Chau due to traditional culture and rustic life of local people. Along with Ban Lac, Pom Coong is the best place for tourist to learn about the culture, life of ethnic people, enjoy specialties, and buy unique souvenirs.

In addition, Mai Chau has 12 relics, including 5 relics recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism: Khoai Cave, Chieu Cave, Nhat Cave, Lang Cave, and Mo Luong Cave. Mai Chau will definitely bring visitors the unforgettable experiences that cannot be found elsewhere.

Enjoy local cuisine

Sticky rice: is one of the most famous specialties of Thai people. Sticky rice growth by local people on the terraced fields in the middle of the valley so it is more fragrant than other types of glutinous rice. Sticky rice then is cooked with some natural ingredients such as baby jackfruit, green rice, green beans,… looking very eye-catching.

Com Lam: The secret of this attractive dish is the incredible upland rice. Upland rice, after being soaked overnight, will be mixed with coconut, put in the bamboo pipe and then grilled on the fire. Com Lam can be eaten with pork or salt sesame.

Bitter baby bamboo: is a must-try dish in Mai Chau. Bitter baby bamboo can be cooked into many dishes like fried, boiled, baked,…

Hill chicken: Chicken is marinated with the unique spices of the Thai people and grilled on charcoal. Grilled hill chicken often served with sticky rice or Com Lam.

Other delicious dishes that you also should try when traveling to Mai Chau: Muong pork, grilled fish, Mai Ha wine, grilled pork skewers,…

Mai Chau with breathtaking scenery, rich culture, lovely people and unique cuisine, is really an ideal destination for your holiday in Vietnam. If you want to read more about Mai Chau tours and travel guides, please visit our website. Have a great trip!