Another Side of the North: Mai Chau
Sitting to the southwest of Hanoi, Mai Chau is another naturally stunning destination that is becoming very popular on the tourist trails. Similar to Ha Giang and Sapa, a number of ethnic groups also inhabit this area, bringing their colorful cultures, customs and traditions to the already beautiful scene. The landscapes of Mai Chau are comprised of karst formations and winding rivers, highlighted by verdant, rolling rice paddies.
When it comes to things to do in Mai Chau, the destination has a number of unique offerings. From lively ethnic markets where the locals come in to buy, sell and trade to adventure and lightly active trekking and cycling trips, a journey out to Mai Chau will not disappoint. For those keen on a bit of wildlife with their adventure travel, the Cuc Phuong National Park and Pu Luong Nature Reserve are to areas in the region that simply cannot be missed. Sitting only 4-5 hours outside of Hanoi, Mai Chau can make for a relatively quick and highly rewarding visit… especially for anyone who needs to spend some time outside the city!
Thanks to its growing popularity, Mai Chau now offers a range of different accommodation experiences. From more upscale choices to eco-lodges and truly unique homestays, an overnight in Mai Chau can deliver any experience you are looking for. While it is nice to enjoy the comforts of home while away, staying in a traditional hometay offers some amazing insight into the everyday life and people of Mai Chau. For those who don’t mind a bit of adventure and challenge, this experience is a must-have.