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Mai Chau

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At Asia Senses Travel we’re adventurers at heart. Our journeys are all about discovering new places and cultures while creating unforgettable memories through physical activity and breathtaking scenery.

Visit mai chau

Just around 139km from Hanoi - the bustling capital city of Vietnam - is the lush, tranquil hideaway of Mai Chau, set in an idyllic valley, hemmed in by hills that has slowly opened its doors to visitors. As the villages that dot the valleys are located less than 150 metres above sea level, the area is known for its stilt houses - many of which have been transformed into guesthouses. Spending time in Mai Chau means being transported back in time, to traditional tiny Thai villages where visitors doss down for the night in traditional stilt houses and wake up to a rural soundtrack defined by gurgling irrigation streams and birdsong. While more and more people are discovering the natural beauty of the area, its serenity and charm still exists.
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Mai Chau is a vision in every season. In spring, it is a lush, bright green while in autumn, just before the rice harvest, it turns golden.
Ethan Nguyen
Vietnam Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Mai Chau

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Visit the Mo Luong Cave

Located inside Pu Kha Mountain, Mo Luong Cave, meaning “big course of stream,” is an incredible site to see with an imposing limestone cave complex with four main grottos and two entrances, of which the main one is in Mai Chau Village. This cave is set deep into the rock with a huge variation in width, from 1m to 30m. The ceiling is at times incredibly high, and the cave itself has the ancient, timeless feel of something that was created long ago and will endure for a long time yet. Visitors can enter through the back entrance from the water current in the Chieng Chau commune.
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Cycle the Mai Chau countryside

Mai Chau valley is a perfect place to experience Vietnam's village life in a remote setting. One can easily check out what the surrounding countryside has to offer. The ride passes through many villages, across lush rice paddies and above a valley for stunning views. In the rice fields, farmers stand thigh-deep in water, their conical hats dotting the land like distant full moons. Mountain bikers will love this ride for the variety of trails - from good single track paths, undulating rough jeep trails to some climbs that are rewarded with ultimate descents. Exploration can also be done on foot.
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Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Just a short jaunt from Mai Chau is the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, worthwhile of a leisurely hike through forested mountains with craggy limestone cliffs and terraced rice fields on an eco-adventure that also visits local villages. Following a path, not far from Pho Doan Town, tourists can see many water wheels, a typical tool of the Thai people. For those who are more adventurous, a tour to climb to Pu Luong peak, the highest mountain in the area with an altitude of 1700m, promises to bring tourists an unforgettable experience.

Arriving in the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, it is also possible to see endangered species like leopards, civets and bears, as well as many different types of bird species.
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Sleep in an Authentic Thai Homestay

Over fifty ethnic minorities inhabit Vietnam alongside the majority Kinh (Viet) people, Mai Chau's “White Thai” and “Black Thai” inhabit Mai Chau, infusing the local travel experience with their traditions and culture. Travelers can pick a homestay at one of the two biggest villages in Mai Chau: Pom Coong and Lac, where the Thais' unique stilt houses serve as the area's rustic yet gracious accommodations. Thai houses are usually built on stilts, rising about four to five feet off the ground.

Best Time to Visit Mai Chau

The best time of year to visit Mai Chau is between October to November, and February to May when Mai Chau experiences the sunny but not too hot weather. From December to January or February, the weather can get pretty cold. Visiting any time between June and September is strongly discouraged and it is hard to deal with the heat when electricity only comes on at night. It is also during these months that the heavy rains pose a challenge for outdoor exploration.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
20
Feb
21
Mar
24
Apr
27
May
31
Jun
32
Jul
31
Aug
31
Sep
30
Oct
28
Nov
25
Dec
22
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
7
Feb
25
Mar
24
Apr
77
May
257
Jun
216
Jul
327
Aug
347
Sep
335
Oct
109
Nov
32
Dec
16
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
20ºC
7mm

FEB
21ºC
25mm

MAR
24ºC
24mm

APR
27ºC
77mm

MAY
31ºC
257mm

JUN
32ºC
216mm

JUL
31ºC
327mm

AUG
31ºC
347mm

SEP
30ºC
335mm

OCT
28ºC
109mm

NOV
25ºC
32mm

DEC
22ºC
16mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Mai Chau, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.