2 Days An Authentic Homestay in Mai Hich

2 Days An Authentic
Homestay in Mai Hich

Hospitable hosts guide you through the authentic side of Northern Vietnam at their homestay

WHY THIS TOUR?

Mai Hich is a commune located in the south-west of Mai Chau district about four hours from Hanoi and it is home to mainly the Thai ethnic minority who live along the streams scattered across the forests and hills. This rural adventure takes us from the hustle and bustle of the city into the relaxing atmosphere and culture of Mai Hich village.

The homestay is a traditional stilted home that has all the available comforts for a peaceful sleep. We share the house and sleep on the upper floor with sleeping quarters separated by curtains for privacy. While luxury and true comfort may be lacking, the abundance of authenticity and mingling with the locals around Mai Chau enriches the mind, body and soul to new heights.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 | 2 Days An Authentic Homestay in Mai Hich

Day 1

Hanoi – Mai Hich                                                                                                          [L, D]

Guided by an English-speaking guide, an early morning departure from your Hanoi hotel signals the start for a scenic drive in western direction towards the Mai Chau District. The 4-hour drive to our final destination for the day, Mai Hich which is located in the beautiful north-west mountainous area, brings forwards numerous scenes of what lies ahead for the night to come.

At the end of the morning, a scenic landscape with thatched wooden houses dotted along and inside rice paddy fields appears when nearing the small village of Mai Hich. Its little-known status has earned this village the badge of authenticity where traditional farming blends in with an equally traditional way of life. Upon arrival we are welcomed by our host family from the Thai ethnic minority who will be dressed in traditional costumes. We experience the kind and uplifting hospitality of our hosts during our homestay as we witness first-hand their culture and customs.
Your check-in will be swift and easy before we move on further through the day.

A local lunch is included

After a local lunch, we take a leisurely cycle, or walk in the countryside along vegetable gardens, ponds and rice terraces to experience the local daily life of those who inhabit the area and whose livelihood relies on farming and livestock rearing. Part of the Mai Chau valley, the scenes of untouched Vietnam will remain forever with you.

Seen as one of Vietnam’s most idyllic valleys, traversing large parts of the Hoa Bin province, the Mai Chau Valley has developed itself as a great natural destination, used as the canvas for hiking and walking trips. Large parts of the valley have maintained its traditional look and feel where one can visit the various stilted houses, the rugged mountain slopes and green forests. The valley offers numerous viewing points to see the landscape unfold in all of its beauty.

Our evening and dinner can be accompanied with a traditional performance composed of ethnic music and dances performed by family members, or a local troupe from the area as an added extra. We can join in this performance and try Ruou Can, a local brewed rice win in jars that is drunk with long bamboo straws as a gesture of building friendships.

Dinner and accommodation is at the homestay.

Day 2 | 2 Days An Authentic Homestay in Mai Hich

Day 2

Mai Hich – Hanoi                                                                                                               [B, L]

After a deliciously home cooked breakfast prepared by our hosts, the morning is spent relaxing in the tranquillity of our surroundings and exploring its beautiful natural landscape. Guests can add an early morning rise to their morning to watch the sun setting over the Mai Chau valley, walk leisurely through the town while its local residents prepare for yet another day working in their piece of paradise, or simply gaze away towards the horizon, ready to schedule a future trip further into the mesmerizing world of Northern Vietnam.

Lunch included at the homestay.

After lunch, you graciously thank your hosts for their stay before being comfortably driven back to Hanoi. Arrival back in the Vietnamese capital is scheduled for the late afternoon.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • Tours with licenced English-speaking guiding services / assistance. Other languages are on request and are subject to availability
  • Accommodation in sharing twin/double at a local homestay
  • Transportation for tour and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle, unless otherwise stated.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the program.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All meals as indicated in the program (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal expenses such as other meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours/ visits, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Any domestic / international airline tickets, airport taxes, visa fees, specific camera / video fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general pick-up / drop-off regions (such as airports, out-of-town resorts, ports, harbours and accommodation in surrounding towns)
  • Any accommodation expenses of a personal nature. This includes (compulsory festive) meals and drinks, mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • International travel and medical insurance coverage for customers

GOOD TO KNOW

  • Guests are kindly requested to book one night prior to the commencement of this package in Hanoi
  • Please note that there is no en-suite bathroom but two clean bathrooms on the ground floor equipped with western-style toilets, washbasins and warm water.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this tour; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant or picnic lunch
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the tour in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • Tours and excursions often include obstacles of various kinds that may not make this excursion suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility
  • The protection of the country’s flora, fauna and its historical and cultural treasures is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • Guests traveling over and during local holidays may experience longer waiting times than normal, may see certain sites being closed down, and this program may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us. Even when it is cloudy, the sun still has an immense power
  • All mentioned times, durations and stops are based on approximations and may change due to unforeseen circumstances, weather and traffic conditions beyond our control

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