Mai Chau Tourism: Handbook from A to Z

Mai Chau Tourism: Handbook from A to Z

Located in the west of Hoa Binh, bordering Moc Chau district of Son La, Mai Chau valley is the top destination of many young people who love the natural beauty as well as the culture of ethnic minorities.




Mai Chau is a suitable destination in all seasons of the year, you can refer to the beauty of the seasons in Mai Chau below:

November - February: Winter, cold air, cherry blossoms, plum blossoms in a corner of Mai Chau.

March - April: The weather is cool and pleasant with the flowers blooming.

May - August: The climate is also quite cool, without flowers but with plums, dig for you to pick. In early September, Independence Day attracted thousands of domestic and foreign tourists to attend.



Mai Chau is about 140 km away from Hanoi and TP. Hoa Binh is about 60km to the northwest, to move to this highland district of Hoa Binh, you can choose a plan to go by motorbike, or choose a plan to sit a passenger car to Mai Chau.

From Hanoi to Mai Chau you can follow 2 routes:

- Line 1: Hanoi Center - Nguyen Trai - Ba La (Ha Dong) - Xuan Mai - QL6 - Deo Thung Khe - Nga Ba Tong Dau - Mai Chau

- Line 2: Hanoi Center - Tran Duy Hung - Thang Long Boulevard - Xuan Mai - QL6 - Thung Khe Pass - Nga Ba Tong Dau - Mai Chau

From Hanoi, tourists can pick up a car at My Dinh and Giap Bat bus stations (with a fare of about 100,000 - 120,000) to Tong Dau fork and then take a motorbike taxi to the town about 5km away.

Mai Chau town is quite small so you can rent bicycles to walk around the villages, not necessarily use motorbikes, in most of the stilt houses in Lac village have bicycle rental services.



Deo Thung Khe

Belonging to National Highway 6, Hoa Binh province, Thung Khe pass, has a height of about 1,000m above sea level. Here, visitors can enjoy the rustic dishes displayed on the roadside such as boiled corn, boiled sugarcane, glutinous rice, etc. Moreover, from Thung Khe peak, you can see the whole valley view. At the foot of the pass, it is known that this is one of the most beautiful sight-seeing places in Hoa Binh province.

A corner of Đèo Thung Khe street. Photo:

Beautiful scenery seen from Deo Thung Khe. Photo:

Indigenous: Lac

Lac village is more than 700 years old, the people in Lac village are mainly Thai black people who live here and live differently from upland rice cultivation and brocade weaving. This place is a gift of the mountain forest for those who love peace and quiet to join themselves in the green and peaceful space of Hoa Binh mountain forest.


Currently, Lac village has nearly 30 homestay motels spacious and airy to service, to serve the needs of tourists. Stilt houses in Lac village are all tall, spacious and clean, keeping ancient architecture. Inside each house, the service is fully equipped with neat and neat blankets, cushions and pillows.


Taking a walk in the village, you will not see any action to entice visitors or solicit purchases. Items such as scarves, Thai spread skirts, lovely purses, bows, crossbows, bamboo flutes, buffalo, gongs, and horns, are available for sale in front of your house, you can try to taking photos without fear of being noticed or complaining, even without buying, does not make the owner sad.

Native: Pom Coong

Like other villages of the Muong and Thai people, the people of Pom Coong often live in places with rivers and streams, build houses on the backs of hills and mountains, in front of the house are often vast fields.


Attractive highlight of Pom Coong in tourism is the very clean space, from clean water sources, water works, toilets are made to make visitors feel fresh and safe. In addition, the waste here is categorized, contained in the bin and will be disposed of. Therefore, coming here, you will feel the purity of heaven and earth and the peace of life.

Mo Luong cave

Located in the Pu Khà mountain range system of Mai Chau town, about 2 km away from Lac village. Mo Luong Cave is an ideal tourist destination for travelers who like to explore and find strange feelings when coming to Mai Chau. The Luo Cave also has another name given by the White Tai to Bo Luong. Bo Luong means big water mine. Mo Luong cave consists of 4 main caves, famous for its stalactite system forming many unique shapes. In the resistance against the French, this place used to be the base of the meeting of the army and our people. After finishing the exploration of Mo Luong cave, the last cave, visitors will admire a stream of groundwater flowing to the nearby lake.


Hang Chieu

Hang Chieu is located on the top of Pu Khà limestone mountain range. The name of Hang Chieu is set by Mai Chau people, because every afternoon in the afternoon, the sunlight shines directly into the cave, the light rays add to the splendor of stalactites, creating a beautiful scene like a floating place. hybrid

Hang Chieu is quite large, divided into two floors, the cave is relatively flat, airy .. In the cave is a beautiful sparkling stalactite and fanciful forest. The stalactites are on all sides, from the left to the right, and hanging from the ceiling with vivid shapes. The deeper you go into the cave, you will be really surprised by the splendid and magnificent beauty of the stalactite forest blooming. All are in harmony, creating the scenery of the grand picture that nature bestowed on Mai Chau.


Pa Co market

The Pa Co fair market is nearly 40km north of Mai Chau town, located between the center of 3 communes of Hang Kia, Pa Co (Mai Chau) and Lo Luong Luong (Moc Chau and Son La). The Pa Co fair is only held on Sundays, when the fog is still covered all over the forest, all over the mountain, the H'Mong people in Mai Chau are eager to go to the market. Upland fair here is not only a place to buy, sell and exchange goods but also a meeting place for people of highland.


The Pa Co fair market, although taking place once a week, is bustling and bustling like the festival of Tet holiday. The market sells everything, here visitors will be "overwhelmed" by a range of products from agricultural products, livestock, fabrics, brocades, farm tools to household appliances, electronics, music discs , cosmetics…



Pa Co market is located in Pa Co commune, Mai Chau district. From the center of Mai Chau town you can travel by motorbike or private car by highway 6 to come here.



In addition, for the convenience of visiting markets and surrounding villages, you can book a tour to the Pa Co market at Mai Chau Lodge hotel. When booking a tour at Mai Chau Lodge, in addition to visiting the market, the local guide will take you to visit the tea plantation, ethnic villages in Hang Kia area, as well as explore the attractions of people new locality.


Lam rice

The first and probably the most famous dish of Mai Chau is the rice dish. This dish is not too picky with young bamboo pipes, filled with rice and baked on a fire, served with sesame salt, roasted pork ... However, processing this dish requires skill and meticulousness. Rice is an important raw material, when cooking rice, people choose the typical type of rice in the mountains, small and elongated seeds, when ripe aromatic smell.

An attractive grilled lamella dish. Photo: sinhcafe

Sticky rice

Coming to Mai Chau, enjoying the sticky sticky rice made by Thai women can feel the taste. Thai people always choose sticky rice to make sticky rice. It is a sticky Thai cultivating on terraced fields in Mai Chau valley.

The dish of sticky rice with five colors. Photo: ST

Glutinous rice is soaked for several hours for soft before sticky rice. The Thai woman does not have sticky rice with the pot, she is steamed like the Kinh but allows the wood to stick to the wood. The rice is cooked by steam rather than cooked. Processing is very fabulous and requires skill. After the aromatic smell, take out the sticky rice and put it in a basket. However, this time ripe sticky rice. Tear away the sticky rice in the basket for a while, then put it in the wooden stand and continue until it is cooked. The glutinous rice seeds are now ripe, the aroma bursts into the nose of customers.

Muong pork meat

Muong pigs are also known as axillary pigs, piglets, and "small" pigs, ... are long-bodied pigs, pointed snout, small ears, thin legs, long and hard feathers, raised in natural conditions, grazed In the forest, only eat plants, grass, do not eat industrial foods, so meat is firm, lean, low in fat, delicious and has a natural sweet taste when eaten.

This is one of the dishes with the flavor of the highlands, an indispensable specialty in the meals offered by the people of the Northwest mountainous region.

Strange swine pig dishes. Photo: ST

Bitter bamboo

Forest shoots are a specialty of Mai Chau area and are always available in the house because people often go to the forest to pick up bamboo shoots or soak them to dry. There were many tourists who said they were happy when they enjoyed this dish, they named the bamboo dish as "Love" because when you first enjoy it, you will see the bitter taste of bamboo shoots, but after swallowing, it will taste sweet. of bamboo shoots.

Mangrove bees with sour bamboo shoots

Forest bees are not easy to find, they only appear seasonally, so if you want to enjoy the dishes made from wild bees, go to Mai Chau at the end of the summer. The forest bees are as big as a basket of people brought back by the people in the village to make medicines and make specialties that the plains do not have.

Often the old brown bees are soaked in alcohol by the people, they also make dishes, only choose the young bees with the fat white fat. Wild bees can be roasted with lemon leaves like butterflies but here people often mess with sour bamboo shoots.

A dish of bees and bamboo shoots. Photo: ST

Chicken hill

Hens are chickens released in gardens, on hills, in forests and raised naturally. Anyone who has eaten the original Mai Chau hill chicken cannot forget its special delicious taste. Meat is exceptionally delicious and no chicken is available. To enjoy this delicious chicken hill, just boil it until it is cooked, at this time the chicken is firm and crispy, with salt and lime mixed with lemon leaves, the sweet boiled water is served with hot rice.

Floating leaf water

A special drink in Mai Chau, cooked from a forest leaf available. The leaves after being broken, dried and shredded, after cooking on the leaves of pontoon leaves with the smell and smell of the Chinese medicine, the medicine has both the smell of the throne of the leaves of the forest. Buoy leaf water drinks very well, both stimulates digestion, has a nutritious effect, increases the body's resistance.

Where when traveling to Mai Chau?

If you've ever come to Mai Chau, familiar and loved with the image of Thai stilt houses, but still want to experience in a private space with high-class services, come and rest at Mai Chau Lodge.

Mai Chau Lodge looked from the outside.

Mai Chau Lodge is nestled amidst the lush green rice fields of Mai Chau valley, inspired by nature, Mai Chau Lodge is built from natural materials with thatched roofs, bamboo furniture, stylish furniture. traditional.

Rooms are subtly decorated, highlighting the local culture.

To help you fully explore this poetic and homely Mai Chau valley, Mai Chau Lodge offers you a lot of interesting choices from cycling to relaxing walks in Lac and Poong Coong villages or for a visit. break Mo Luong cave, Pa Co market, etc., make your trip memorable.

Ride your bike to explore the surrounding area..

Ho beautiful lilies in Mai Chau Lodge campus.

Mai Chau Lodge operates on ecological principles, reducing direct impacts on the natural and social environment. The resort is full of services: swimming pool, spa, restaurant serving the needs of customers. In addition, visitors can participate in traditional music performances, walks to explore nature, practice and practice native dishes ... through which, they will understand and feel part of culture. Thai people.

From the window of each room, you can see the beautiful scenery of immense rice fields, sparkling sun pools or majestic mountains.

In addition, in Mai Chau, there are 2 famous tourist villages: Lac and Pom Coong villages, all of them have room service business in the form of tourist stilt houses. like a form of dormitory, each person has one compartment (with full mattress for each person).

Attractive green space. Photo: Piero Dang /