The breathtaking valley of Mai Chau with its patchwork quilt of rice fields, farms and stilted houses is just a short distance from Hanoi. Home to the H’mong and White Thai hill tribes who will be our hosts, we’ll sample their homestyle cooking and be entertained with a traditional dance performance. By day we take gentle walks through stunning scenery.
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pong Cong Village (L, D)
We depart Hanoi and head west toward Hoa Binh City where we stop for refreshments and coffee. Leaving Hoa Binh, we climb toward the Mai Chau valley, about another 1.5 hours away, stopping on the way to take in the spectacular scenery. Following lunch in Mai Chau town, we stroll around the stunning villages of Thai people. Our hosts for this evening will be the White Thai minority people and we will stay in one of their traditional stilt houses. There, we will be toasted as honoured guests and will be able to sample some of their homemade rice wine! In sampling these people’s hospitality, we will discover a little more about their lives and culture following the evening meal. Tonight’s accommodation will
probably be a little more rustic than your usual accommodations at home.
Day 2: Pong Cong Village – Na Meo – Xo – Lac Village – Hanoi (B, L)
Following breakfast we begin our half-day trek of 15km in this beautiful valley, going from one village to another. As we walk, we will encounter the local villagers going about their daily business tilling the fields, logging or herding the buffalo. We reach our destination at Khoe Village. Drive back to Lac Village for lunch. Afterwards we can stroll around the hamlets, before returning back to Hanoi. Drop off at your hotel. End of tour.
• Tours & transfers in private air-conditioned vehicles
• 1 night at homestay in Maichau
• Private English speaking guide
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary at local restaurant with local foods (B = breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
• Entrance fees and permits for all sights visited
• Mineral Water & Towel
• Government taxes & Service charges