A homestay tour in Mai Chau provides the perfect opportunity to get an authentic feel of Vietnam by exploring local hill villages and meeting friendly hill tribes. Plus, the lush landscape of Mai Chau valley is just waiting to be explored.
Mai Chau town is approx 150 km from Hanoi and located in Hoa Binh province. This region is about 150 metres above sea level and a popular destination for travellers on the Vietnam tour packages. The local Mai Chau district is home to several ethnic minority groups, including the Tay, Muong, Zao, Hmong and White Thai. Many of the local families are willing to accept travellers in their wooden stilt houses to give the homestay experience.
The biggest ethnic group in the region is the Whites and Black Thai people with their ancestors and origins coming from Thailand. They like to construct the big stilt houses while provide protection from dangerous animals and against rising water. The private homes are a perfect place to stay on the homestay tour. There are plenty of places to find a homestay in the Poom Coong and Lac villages, while most other regions are set up with appropriate homestay facilities.
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The homestay tour on the Vietnam private tour makes it possible to really appreciate the rural life of the hill people in the mountains of Mai Chau. Plus, the traveller has the change to get to know the locals while enjoying a home cooked meal, and pitching in to help prepare dinner.
The accommodation on this type of trip is a simple homestay. The sleeping area is a communal room and likely to include camp beds. Also, can be multi-share (up to 8-10 other guests) and mixed gender. The facilities in the homestay are certain to differ with the different homes and families. Some families with a genuine homestay may even have enough space to offer a separate room for the travellers.
A typical homestay tour in Mai Chau includes a variety of activities such as a multi-hour trek and cycling. These activities are easily adapted to match the physical abilities of most travellers. It is appropriate to travel with appropriate clothing and walking shoes. A bike trip provides a great opportunity to travel through the striking hillside villages and learn more about the local life.
Alternatively, a trekking tour through the less visited regions gives a better appreciation of the culture and customs of the minority people. A great place to visit for the day-trip while in Mai Chau is the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, which is a travel distance of approx 20km by vehicle and gives the opportunity to walk through magnificent rice paddies, beautiful hillside villages, and see handcrafted bamboo water wheels.
A homestay tour in Mai Chau gives a perfect break from the bustling bikes and beeping horns in Hanoi by travelling further out into the tranquil Mai Chau countryside. Any tour organized through a Vietnam travel company will also include the round-trip transport from Hanoi for the more relaxed and enjoyable experience.