Mai Chau Travel guide
is located in Hoa Binh province, about 135km (83 miles) from
Hanoi and 60km (37 miles) from Hoa Binh. Mai Chau is well known
for its natural beauty. The valley is home to many ethnic
minorities, including the white Thai. From the
top of Cun Mountain, the panorama of the lush
green valley with its stilt houses is laid out before you.
Everywhere, the stilt houses
border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with
palm leaf roofs and 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" takes place in
the kitchen. This material is used by the Thai minority to make
their clothes. The windows are large and decorated with
patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish.
The Sunday market brings a lot of
people into town. It is full of local products and a mass of
color, sights and sounds. People from different minorities
living in the nearby mountains come to Mai Chau market
to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn, and "tho
cam" made by skilled Thai women. As important as the commercial
aspect of the Sunday market, it is also a social occasion for
people whose remote mountain homes isolate them for the
remainder of the week.
Attractions in Mai Chau
Folk arts of Hoa
Binh ethnic group
Hoa Binh has
an invaluable treasure of folk arts of ethnic groups. Hundreds
and thousands of traditional songs and dances have been
developed and nourished into precious property of cultural life
of Hoa Binh ethnic groups.
three types of art performance: music instrumental performance,
folk singing and folk dance. Instrumental performance includes
drumming (Muong ethnic group), Cong Chieng playing (Muong ethnic
group); chorus of flute and musical instrument (Thai ethnic
group); Vi dim folk song (Muong style); khap singing (Thai
style), doi singing (Tay style); song of calling lovers (H’Mong),
effervescent dances: keng long dance (Muong), Cha Chieng dance
(Thai), Chuong dance (Dao), Khen dance (H’Mong), etc …
will be attracted by special rhythm of Chieng, Drum and
castanets, infatuated with ardent Can wine, and seductive smile
of mountain girls in their flexible and graceful dances. This
will be the most enjoyable moment during your stay in Hoa Binh.
Performances may be served in any place at your optinon.
Muong minority hamlet
Situated in Binh Thanh commune, at the foot of the Mo mountain
and 12 km away from Hoa Binh town . Giang Mo village has got 100
houses in their original form with daily activities, hand-made
water conducting system, water rice mortars, bows and
Cross-bows, farming and traditional festivals and practices of
Muong ethnic group.
You can visit any families you wish to, where you will be warmly
welcomed. You ca also watch folk arts and culture, buy souvenirs
made by Muong people themselves. Even more interesting is
listening to the host's fluting, playing their traditional
musical instruments next to the most fragrant "can wine" jar (
pine wine). The most distinguished is its peaceful and dreamlike
atmosphere, which will bring you to a safe and casting world, 1
km far from Muong village is Red Dzao - A tourist destination
that has usually been reached by visitors for many years.
Boi hot mineral spring
Kim boi Spa is 30 km away from Hoa
Binh town. Crossing the zigzagging Cun slope. visitors will have
the opportunity to view the panorama of Hoa Binh town from top
down and freely admire the picturesque and charming mountainous
landscape all the way during the journey.
Kim Boi Spa is built on a mineral water spring that streams out
from the ground with a temperature of 34 degree centigrade
containing many essential minerals for heath. Here, visitors can
bath or swim in private or public swimming pools.
Have you ever heard the name "Ha long bay in Mountain "? This is
Hoa Binh reservoir. This is the biggest man-made reservoir in
Vietnam that not only supplies water for the Hydro-electric
power plant in Hoa Binh but also an attractive tourist
destination. With the length of 230 km, the surface area is 230
km 2 between numorous mountains and forests around
cloud-covered and hundred islands spread just like Ha long bay.
Apart from that, there are many villages of ethnic minorities
such as Muong Thai ,Dzao... along two river sides still
preserve traditional life styles .
Tourist may stay over night on board to admire romantic
moon-nights and enjoy locally typical food or relax yourself in
houses on stilts to listen to folk songs, to dink pine wine or
to take part in traditional dances of local inhabitants.
You can feel the imposing beauty of Hoa Binh reservoir area as
first sun rays emerge though clouds to lighten reservoir
surface or dye it violet at nightfall.
By bus: available at Ha Dong
Hotels & accommodation in Mai
Below is a list of hotels in Mai
Chau sorted by price range (highest first). If you wish to
telephone a hotel the area code for Mai Chau is 018 (+84318 from
Price Range: Up to $25 per night
- An alternative to a hotel is
to stay at one of the Thai stilt houses. This type of
accommodation can be included in the price of a tour. They
are cheap but still have clean and hygienic facilities.
What to eat
The hosts are great chef! they
cook excellent Vietnamese food for tourists , breakfast is
western style with bread, butter, cheese, egg ..(homestay in
house on stilt)