Mai Chau - beautiful rural Vietnam

Many visitors to Hanoi head up to Sapa on the overnight train, keen to see the iconic landscape and wholesome outdoor lifestyle that this distant northern region is so famous for. Much closer to Vietnam’s capital, however, lies Mai Chau - visited far less often, but arguably more beautiful, and easily as representative of traditional life in Vietnam. 

What to expect in Mai Chau...

A sweeping mountainous landscape, Mai Chau is patched with lush farms and dotted with villages that are home to many of Vietnam’s 54 indigenous minority tribes, with a choice crop of luxurious lodges and homestays that offer you the chance to experience rural Vietnam first hand - without roughing it.

This trip is highly flexible and can be filled (or not so filled) with activities that suit you. The region is excellent for trekking and cycling, and there are caves to explore nearby.

If that all sounds a little too much, you can choose to simply relax and enjoy one of the most picturesque regions in Vietnam - listen to the sound of the wind blowing through the rice paddies, take part in traditional morning prayers and exercises, or even take in a spot of folk dancing. You will be made very welcome by the villagers, whose farm lands and rice paddies will provide the food for your stay.

Both the properties we offer as accommodation are designed to be in keeping with the surrounding area. The unique Sol Bungalows provide a tranquil atmosphere, nestled amongst the rice paddies with the hypnotic sound of crickets to lull you to sleep. 

The Mai Chau Eco Lodge has rooms with enviable views over the mountains and paddies, as well as a handful of hilltop stilt-houses to stay in. The fantastic authentic food available here is made all the more enjoyable by the panoramic restaurant you’ll devour it in!

Watch the video we shot in Mai Chau:

Location: Mai Chau, Vietnam

Duration: 3 days

Accommodation: Sol Bungalows or the Mai Chau Eco Lodge Resort

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Kate says...

‘Four hours from Hanoi, Mai Chau is perfectly located for visitors to enjoy some light adventure activities during their holiday. All whilst staying in Vietnam’s more comfortable rural lodges...’

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September and October are arguably the best time of year to visit, as the temperature is slightly cooler and the humidity less oppressive.

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