Two people walking through the rice field in front of a cluster of home stays on a hillside in Mai Chau Vietnam

Mai Chau

Spectacular region of natural beauty with wildlife and cultural interests

Mai Chau is a popular northern getaway, only a 4hr drive from Hanoi. Nestled in a scenic valley, Mai Chau is surrounded by rolling hills and verdant rice paddies. The mild climate makes it an attractive destination for trekking and mountain biking.

The region is home to several ethnic minority groups, predominately the White Thai and H’mong, making it a culturally fascinating area to explore. Travel a little further out of town for an authentic experience in an ethnic minority village.


  • Stunningly beautiful mountainous landscapes perfect for hiking and mountain biking
  • Nearby Pu Long Nature Reserve is endowed with great biodiversity of flora and flauna
  • Home to a large number of ethnic minority peoples
Within Easy Reach Of...
Hanoi 4hr drive
Cuc Phuong National Park 4hr drive
Travel Tips
  • Visit on Sunday to witness the colourful market attended by numerous ethnic minority peoples from different villages
  • Take a leisurely bicycle ride through the valley and visit villages along the way
  • The rice fields are lush and green in February and August while harvest season is in May and October

Hotels We Recommend

Avana Retreat

Mai Chau, Hoa Binh, Vietnam

Suitable for:
Couples, Culture Buffs, Families, Leisure

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