- Exploring rural Vietnam with locals and
- Learning how they tend their plants, gardens and fields.
- Keep fit on this bike tour
- Come face to face with local wildlife and culture.
This wonderful rural retreat is a real break away from the hustle and bustle of modern Hanoi. Enjoy the quiet countryside, stunning scenery and the friendly locals on this tour, dine on sumptuous locally prepared food and take in all the sights and sounds of rural Vietnam- Mai Chau.
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau , Cycling
You will be collected early on the morning of your tour by your experienced English speaking tour guide who will escort you on the journey to Hoa Binh. A rest stop will be provided on the way as well as the chance to stretch your legs. We will arrive in the glorious Mai Chau Valley just in time for a delicious lunch, which you will spend with a local family.
Following a brief rest we climb onto our bikes for a delightful tour of the traditional villages in the valley. Here, learn more about the White Thai peoples who populate this beautiful valley. We will pause to rest our legs at the Thai Museum where you will gain further insight into the traditions and culture of your hosts. A brief visit to the intriguing Hoa Ban Centre will be a highlight for the creative ones in your group, where they can learn to make local handwoven products with the help of local guides
Returning to your guest house this evening with a well earned appetite you will help your hosts prepare dinner, during which you will learn about the most common ingredients used to create these delicious meals. If you wish, sample some locally made alcoholic drinks before retiring for the right in your quirky stilt house
Day 2 : Get your hand dirty in Mai Chau (B,L,D)
This morning eat a hearty breakfast with your hosts before heading out with local people to begin a good days work with the local farming community. Learn the tricks of the trade as you watch locals toil the soil, prepare seeds, harvest and reap. All the while you will enjoy the atmosphere created by the friendly locals as they sing and tell tales.
You will be hungry after your morning’s graft. After a well needed rest and some lunch you will partake in some local fishing activities and learn the traditional methods of the fishermen. Additionally you will have a fun time learning how to take water buffalo across the field for their meal. An awesome experience and one you certainly would miss out on if you remained in Hanoi!
In the evening you will be able to relax at your accommodation or wander through the village before dinner.
Day 3: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B,L)
An early start this morning after our breakfast as we are planning to visit the bustling Mai Chau Market which will be a feast for the senses as you take in the sights and smells. Then we will make the journey to the stunning views achieved from the vantage point of the Thousand Step Cave. You will be rewarded with wonderful views over the region. There is just about time for a quick lunch with your new found friends in the village before we make the journey back to Hanoi
Included in the tour
Round trip from Hanoi
Experienced English speaking guide
Accommodation and meals
Sundries and Souvenirs
- Trip Code : ST03 FROM:
- Destinations: Hanoi & Surroundings
- Duration: 1 day,
- Trip Code : ST02 FROM:
- Destinations: North East & West
- Duration: 2 days,
Enjoy this scenic short break to the Vu Linh Eco Lodge and the Thac Ba Reservoir for the ultimate experience of Vietnamese demographics and traditional rituals, safe in the knowledge that the tour respects the local environment and supports the local economy.