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Hoa Binh Province

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From Hanoi: Mai Chau Valley & Hill Tribes 2-Day Trek Tour

1. From Hanoi: Mai Chau Valley & Hill Tribes 2-Day Trek Tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pong Cong Village (lunch, dinner) Take a drive west toward Mai Chau with one stop in Hoa Binh City for refreshments and coffee. Continue driving toward Mai Chau valley for about another 1.5 hours, stopping on the way to take in the spectacular scenery. Your hosts for this evening will be the White Thai minority people and you will stay in one of their traditional stilt houses. There, you will be toasted as honored guests and will be able to sample some of their homemade rice wine. By sampling these local people's hospitality, discover a little more about their lives and culture following the evening meal. Tonight's accommodation will probably be a little more rustic than your usual accommodations at home, but it's all part of the experience. Day 2: Pong Cong Village – Khoe Village – Lac Village – Hanoi (breakfast/lunch) Following breakfast, take a soft trek in this beautiful valley, going from one village to another and have a chance to meet local villagers going about their daily business, such as tilling the fields, logging or herding buffalo. Your driver will meet you at Khoe Village for transfer back to Lac Village for lunch. Afterwards, stroll around the hamlets, before returning to Hanoi. 

Mai Chau: Full Day Group Tour From Hanoi With Lunch

2. Mai Chau: Full Day Group Tour From Hanoi With Lunch

Between 7:45 AM and 8:00 AM you will be picked up by minibus from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter and depart to Mai Chau in Hoa Binh Province. At 10:00 AM, take a short break at the Hoa Binh hydroelectric power station to relax and take some photos. From 11:30 AM to 12:00 AM there will be time for a quick photo stop at the top of Mai Chau Valley before you continue to drive to Mai Chau Village. Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at a local house (vegetarian options are available). Between 1:00-3:00 PM, you'll get to go on a bicycle ride with a local tour guide. See Vietnamese farmers working in the fields and locals weaving scarves as you visit the surrounding villages. At 4:00 PM you'll leave Mai Chau Village and come back to Hanoi, arriving at your hotel around 7:00 PM. 

From Hanoi: Mai Chau Valley Homestay with Bike Ride and Trek

3. From Hanoi: Mai Chau Valley Homestay with Bike Ride and Trek

Reconnect with nature in the beautiful Mai Chau Valley and experience a simpler way of life in the countryside. Spend the night in a typical stilt house, and go for nature walks with an experienced guide. Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau Valley Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Hanoi, and then head for the lush green landscape of the Mai Chau Valley. Pass the town of Hoa Binh to be greeted by scenic views of the mountains and fertile rice paddies. Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by a local family on arrival, and then go for a bike ride with your guide. See farmers working the fields, locals weaving scarves, and other scenes from everyday life. Try some Rượu cần rice wine during dinner, and listen to traditional music by ethnic people who have inhabited the area for centuries. Spend the night in a typical stilt house homestay, with comfortable curtained-off sleeping areas in one long room.  Day 2: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B, L) Wake for an early morning breakfast, and then go for a 2 to 4-hour trek through the surrounding villages. Face the challenge of a 1,000-step hike up to a cave, and then journey back to Hanoi after lunch.

From Hanoi: Mai Chau & Moc Chau Multi-Day Adventure Tour

4. From Hanoi: Mai Chau & Moc Chau Multi-Day Adventure Tour

Day 1: Start your adventure with pickup in a private vehicle from your hotel in the Old Quarter or designated meeting point. Set off to Mai Chau and stop on the way at Thung Khe mountain pass to see the impressive scenery of the North-West. Explore Lac Village and then stop for a local lunch at 12 PM. Taste and learn about authentic Vietnamese cuisine. In the afternoon, your tour guide will take you to visit the valley of Mai Chau. Get to know the locals and learn about Tai Dón culture. See how they craft unique brocades by hand. Head off to Moc Chau, with its immense fields of tea and an infinite variety of wildflowers. Check in to your accommodation and dig into a dinner of local specialties. Enjoy your free time and before turning in for the night in your homestay or bungalow. Day 2: Wake up to the beautiful morning with the sound of nature. Fill up on breakfast and start with a visit to the Dai Yem Waterfall and the Dong Son Moc Huong Cave (Doi Cave). Admire the cave’s beauty and listen to the legends described by your tour guide. Continue to the next beauty spot, the pine forest of Ang Village. Explore the surrounding nature including a lake, rolling hills of wildflowers, and fruit tree orchards. Use your free time after lunch in Moc Chau to go biking along hilly trails or investigate the town center. You can also join the locals in picking tea leaves. Additional optional activities include baths in fresh milk and fresh tea. Dine on local dishes at 6:30 PM and stay overnight in your homestay or bungalow. Day 3: Feeling recharged after breakfast, start your journey through the valleys, forests, and mountains to arrive in the villages of the H’Mong ethnic minority. Discover the local ways of life, their traditions, and sample the local food. Check out after lunch and take the bus back to Hanoi. Arrive back in Hanoi around 5.30 pm and get dropped off at the meeting place or your hotel in the Old Quarter.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Adventure in Mai Chau Valley

5. From Hanoi: 2-Day Adventure in Mai Chau Valley

DAY 1 7:30 AM: Get picked up at your hotel in the Old Quarter or join the tour from the meeting point and drive northwest of Hanoi to Hoa Binh 10 AM: Have a short break at the midway point 11:30 AM: Stop for scenic photos of Mai Chau valley before arriving in Ban Lac village in Mai Chau 12:15 PM:  Check in and enjoy a traditional lunch at the local house 2:30 PM-5 PM: Bicycle ride with local tour guide, see farmers working in the fields, locals weaving scarves, and visit surrounding peaceful villages 5 PM-7 PM: Free time for bicycling, walking, or shopping 7 PM: Dinner with many specialties of food will be served 8 PM: Watch a Thai traditional dance in the stilt house and enjoy ruou can (traditional wine) at the community house DAY 2 7:30 AM: Have breakfast at the homestay 8 AM: Go with a local Thai tour guide to visit the remote villages of Na Meo, Na Mo, and Xam Pa to understand more about their culture and customs 12 PM: Back to the homestay for lunch and check out 1 PM-3 PM: Free time for shopping and relaxing 3:30 PM: Get on the bus to drive back to Hanoi 7 PM: Arrive in Hanoi’s Old Quarter for drop-off at your hotel or meeting point


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What people are saying about Hoa Binh Province

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Bike tour was great

So the bike tour was great. I thought that on the second day I would go on a hike like the others and afterwards I saw that it was on the voucher. But I would have booked the Classic Tour, so on the second day I went to a market and visited a cave. The cave was pretty nice, but you had to climb 1200 steps to get there, which was pretty exhausting. And the market was terrible because dead dogs are sold there and I have a completely different attitude to it than the people in Vietnam and even if you know that people in Vietnam eat dogs and cats, I never wanted to see anything like that. So pay attention to which tour you book. The Adventure Tour is the one with the hike on the second day.

Exceptional landscape, place of peace

I really liked this tour. I recommend it. The place is fabulous, the walk between rice paddies, ethnicities to know ... Very good organization. The very kind guide. I was the only person who had booked the two-day tour and the guide was dedicated to me exclusively. The beautiful accommodation with large windows and views of the rice fields. The best tour I've done in Vietnam. Quality and good price.

beautiful experience, the most difficult part is the 1200 steps to visit the cave, excellent food, excellent hospitality, time flows pleasantly pedaling among the rice fields, highly recommended

Fantastic experience! A beautiful place despite the weather was not the best. The guide was very helpful and the accommodation on the paddy field very comfortable. Breathtaking views

Staff was really mindful. The region is superb (I definitely preferred it to Sapa). Activities were diversed and we dicovered lots. Food was amazing. All in all: highly recommended!