Our amazing experience doing a traditional homestay in Mai Chau.
Toiled farmlands amidst the mountains inspires the classic image of the rural township of Mai Chau. A place where the blaring horns of nearby Hanoi are exchanged for the sounds of livestock quietly rummaging through crops directly below your stilt house’s window.
Where a simpler style of life welcomes visitors, surrounded by a tranquil setting. A place where the freshness in the air tingles your senses of taste and smell as you cruise through the highlands by bicycle.
We headed off on their three day, two night Mai Chau Valley tour and found it to be the perfect retreat from the hectic city of Hanoi.
We cycled through the pastures and small villages, and rode scooters to the tops of mountains. Our accommodation was a well-equipped homestay where the food provided was perhaps the best we have come across in the country.
Every day was full of exciting adventure and astonishing vistas.
We were thankful to get to enjoy the wonders of Mai Chau and have put together this photo essay of some of the things we encountered during our time there.
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