Hanoi - Mai Chau (L/D)
The tour begins with you leaving Hanoi on National Route #6 toward Hoa Binh. You’ll visit the Museum of Muong Culture, a private museum in which the dedicated owner strives to reproduce the living spaces in a village of the ethnic Muong people. While strolling around the fecund garden, you can see a curious collection of traditional wooden houses-on-stilts loaded with farming implements and art objects.
Next is a brief transfer to the boat dock nearby where you’ll then embark on a motorboat for a scenic trip to the diminutive yet charming mountain commune of Thung Nai. You’ll visit a colorful temple where the locals pay homage to a Goddess who patronizes the fishermen in Thung Nai.
Leaving Thung Nai you’ll take the road toward Mai Chau valley and all the while stop briefly at certain vista points on the hill side to experience sensational panoramic views of the flat green valley below. The tour continues the remaining distance to one of the ethnic Thai minority villages in the valley for a rustic and warm homestay experience. You are advised to make yourself at home and say hello to your new neighbors! After dinner, you are free to stroll around in the village at your leisure.
Mai Chau - Hanoi (B/L)
The next morning is for you to explore the surrounding areas in Mai Chau Valley. Hop on a rented bicycle and you can pedal about down the scenic back lanes which lead through a number of neighboring villages. Enjoy yourself and the splendid views of the valley and make as many stops as you like to take pictures or make friends with the local Thai. Electric cars are also available as an alternative to bicycles. After lunch, you’ll say farewell to Mai Chau and be driven back to Hanoi by your driver.
- Private vehicle.
- English speaking tour guide.
- Entrance fees: Museum of Muong Culture, boat trip in Thung Nai, bicycle/electric car in Mai Chau.
- Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
- Wet tissue and drinking water.
- Thai dance show (if available).
- Tips for sampan paddler in Trang An.
- Tips for driver and guide.
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