For centuries, the mundane life in the remote valleys of Mai Chau continues to be carried out. Minority hill tribes including the H’mong, Dao, Thai and Muong continue to inhabit the region’s picturesque valleys. The largest town in the vicinity is Hoa Binh (“Peace”) which is located 75km northwest of Hanoi – the country’s capital. This town is also close (5km) to East Asia’s largest hydroelectric projects on the Song Da (“Black River”) valley.
If you are in Hanoi, you may wish to travel 135km to Mai Chau to visit a Montagnard village. Green valley and stilt houses surround this beautiful area. Local inhabitants are mostly White Thai who are very friendly and helpful. Adventurous visitors can try a new experience by staying with a local in a thatched-roof stilted house, thereafter try eating the local food.
Other wonderful local adventures include walking through the beautiful valley and taking pictures of the vibrant rice fields. Additionally, visitors may also visit Lac and Pomcong minority villages to gain a better understanding of local life and then enjoy the locals’ hospitality.