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Just 100 miles from Hanoi - the bustling capital city of Vietnam - is the lush, tranquil hideaway of Mai Chau, a mountainous rural district that has recently caught the attention of travelers in the northwest of Vietnam. As the villages that dot the valleys are located less than 500 feet 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 villages and an era of living off the bright green rice paddies surrounding them. While more and more people are discovering the natural beauty of the area, its serenity and charm still exists.
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One of the more alluring aspects of Mai Chau is the natural scenery - visitors can take advantage of all the lush green and fresh mountain air by spending the day exploring the countryside on foot.
Dotting the countryside are small tribal villages like Ban Poom Coong, Ban Lac 1 and Ban Lac 2. Stop in and meet the locals who live in these villages - they may even show you some of their daily activities or invite you in for a traditional meal.
Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Just a short jaunt from Mai Chau is the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, worthwhile of a visit to see endangered species like leopards, civets and bears, as well as many different types of bird species.
Mo Luong cave
Located inside Pu Kha Mountain, this cave, meaning “big course of stream,” is an incredible site to see. Enter via in Mai Chau town or - with a guide - through the back entrance from the water current in the Chieng Chau commune.
With many homes having opened their doors in recent years to tourists looking for a traditional homestay, guests can enjoy a night in a stilt house, cooking and eating traditional Vietnamese food with a local family and learning about their culture.
There’s no better way to see the rolling foothills, lush green rice paddies, and traditional villages than by cycling through the Mai Chau valley. Guests can rent bicycles in town and enjoy a day of fresh mountain air and picturesque rural landscapes.
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Mai Chau Lodge
Nestled amongst the tribal villages in the rolling, green valley of Mai Chau you will find the remote Mai Chau Lodge. This entirely unique approach to cultural exploration and relaxation combined will satiate every one of your senses and adventurous expectations. A fantastic blend of modern comfort, breathtaking natural beauty, rich history and culture, will leave you with lasting memories of your stay in Vietnam. Your Mai Chau experience is sure to be memorable and action packed, with a full range of activities - from swimming to kayaking, to cycling and rock climbing - you will not have a dull moment during your stay. The Mai Chau Lodge offers guests comfortable accommodation with a choice of mountain or valley views, along with access to all of the hotel’s impressive facilities. Rooms are tastefully designed with a focus on textiles and traditional furnishings and are equipped with Western style bedding. High ceilings and large windows enhance your space giving the room a peaceful and uplifting feel.