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The Northwest of Vietnam is still a relatively untouched part of the country. Beautiful scenery and idyllic villages make this area well worth a visit. On this two day Northern Vietnam tour, stay in a traditional Thai hill tribe stilt-house, travel through fertile valleys and along roads snaking through mountain passes, as well as doing some light trekking in the area.
Day 1 – Hanoi to Mai Chau
Depart Hanoi early morning for a 3.5 hour drive to Mai Chau . Just an hour beyond Hanoi, after Hoa Binh Town, the road weaves through mountains, fertile valleys and traditional villages.
Arrive in the picturesque Mai Chau Valley surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies. After lunch, spend the afternoon exploring the idyllic natural surroundings and visit the extraordinary Mo Luong (Soldier) Cave. This evening enjoy a traditional Thai performance of music and dance. The Thai ethnic group has inhabited this area for centuries and much of their lifestyle and traditions have remained unchanged over the years.
Stay overnight in a traditional stilt-house* of the Thai people, an incredibly enriching experience in which you can learn about this fascinating culture first hand. (The home stay accommodation consists of comfortable curtained-off sleeping areas in one long room; all bedding and mosquito nets are provided).
Overnight in Mai Chau (L, D)
Day 2 – Mai Chau to Hanoi Departure
Start this morning with a light trek 2- 4 hours through one or some other villages in the Mai Chau Valley and after lunch in Mai Chau, begin the journey back to Hanoi. Along the way, be sure to have your camera ready for when you reach the top of the Mai Chau Valley itself, the views are superb. Continue the drive and reach Hanoi late this afternoon.
* The Mai Chau Lodge option consists of hotel style rooms and is not a stilt house.
** If you are in Mai Chau on a Sunday you can catch the weekly market in the village of Xa Linh which is home of the Green Hmong hill tribe. Note this is an optional extra, ask your travel consultant for further details. (B, L)
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