Mai chau, a peaceful and beautiful valley which surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies is the closest place for mountain retreat form Hanoi. Mai Chau Valley is home to small villages of Thai minority people whose traditional life style and culture are really well preserved. A visit to this place really provides you with awesome experience of adventure and relaxing.
Travel through fertile valleys and along roads snaking through mountain passes, taking a cruise on picturesque lake of Hoa Binh, enjoy local taste and local interaction as well as doing some light trekking in the area is surely an unforgettable experience.


  • Enjoy breat-taking scenery of rural Northwest with fertile valleys and along roads snaking through mountain passes
  • Taking a cruise on picturesque lake of Hoa Binh.
  • Eenjoy real local taste and hospitality
  • Homestay in local Thai traditional stilt house
  • Trek to visit minority villages and enjoy local interaction.
  • Great chance to fill your album with beautiful photos

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Trip Length: 2 days | Trip Style: Explore | Trip Theme: Nature, Local fie & culture | Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Hanoi / Hanoi
Places visited: Hoa Binh Lake - Mai Chau
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Itinerary Details

hoa  binh lake, Vietnam
hoa binh lake cruise

The tour starts from Hanoi at 08.00AM. A smooth drive will take you along beautiful rural scenery toward Hoa Binh province. There, just few kilometers from Hoa Binh city is an almost undiscovered village of Muong minority people located in an evergreen valley. An hour wandering around the villages will give you a chance to learn about their typical lifestyle and tradition. A home lunch with local specialties and taste will then be served in a Muong wooden house on stilts. After lunch, a short drive will take you to the Hoa Binh lake’s boat dock. Here you will take a cruise on one of the most picturesque lake in the country. The lake covers an area of 208 square km and the total length of 230km. Hoa Binh lake, part of Black River and is the largest man made lake in the country, was formed after the building of Hoa Binh hydro power plant. It is so beautiful lake with hundreds of rocky or forested islands emerge up from the tranquil emerald water surface, boasted as Halong bay on the mountainous area.
The cruise with breath taking scenery will finish after nearly two hours when the boat reaches the dock and a short drive through mountain path will then take you to Mai Chau. Here, your host with beautiful friendly smile will welcome you to their home that built in excellent harmony of rural and natural scenery.
Take a stroll around the village to learn and experience the rhythm of local’s daily life or just relax with a drink next to the pond and rice paddy to watch the sun setting down behind mountains.
Dinner is served with local taste and great hospitality, followed by a traditional music and dance performance.
Overnight in the local traditional stilt-house. (The home stay accommodation consists of comfortable curtained-off sleeping areas in one long room; all bedding and mosquito nets are provided).

Summary of inclusions

Private transfer
cruise hoa binh lake
Boat cruise Hoa Binh
village visit
Mai Chau village vist
Homestay local house
Mai Chau, Vietnam
Mai chau, Vietnam

Start this morning with a light trek around the Mai Chau Valley. You will have chance to learn more about local life and tradition as well as to have local interaction with the people. Come down to learn how people work on the farm and if you want, why not join in with them.
Come back to the house for lunch and a short relax before begining the journey back to Hanoi. This time we will take the drive on another way with superb view of mountains and forest until we get to Hoa Binh city. Just stop anywhere for great photos if you like.
The trip ends in Hanoi in the late afternoon at around 5.00PM.
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- During the day 2, if you do not want to walk or just want more explore then bicycle for rent are available. Just take one and ride yourself around.
- 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. This is an optional extra, ask your travel consultant for further details.

Summary of inclusions

Private transfer
Mai chau light trek
hill tribe
Hill tribe villages visit

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Tour itinerary: This tour itinerary is designed based on local travel conditions, logistics and availabilitis of transportation between visited destinations. It is for you to see how the trip should go, what you can do, see and enjoy during the trip. The itinerary can be tailored by adding more of desired visitng destinations, activities or removing any you do not like to meet your travel time frame, style, budget and expectation the best.

Tour price: Travel Authentic Asia focus on quality and affordable package prices with the best value. The price is based on number of traveler taking the trip, the accommodation category you wish to stay, the mode of transportation, meals provided….

Payment: A deposit of 30% of total price is needed to initiate the tour booking after the itinerary is finalized. The balance for the trip is due 15 days prior to your arrival.

Arrival and departure flights: You are advised to make your own booking for international flights from/back your home country. This allows you to determine better the travel time frame, budget and to deal with insurance claim when needed. Travel Authentic Asia team will base on your flight schedule to work out the best itinerary for you or/and to modify the itinerary to get it matches.

Travel documents: You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip. Travel Authentic Asia accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the failure of clients to obtain appropriate documentation.

Travel insurance: It is your responsibility to get your own international travel insurance and read the insurance policy before you travel and ensure that the insurance scheme provides with the requisite level of cover. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of vacation. In some cases, travelers may have pre-existing medical conditions which their travel insurance company will not cover.
Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

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