Mai Chau valley attracts tourists by dreamy beauty with fresh air, cool and especially cultural diversity and unique cuisine.
Mai Chau valley is picturesque. (Photo of Ivivu)
Mai Chau is a beautiful valley that ignores visitors. Not only captivating visitors with the rustic beauty of the mountains and forests, the looks of the female painters, but also attractive by the hearts of the people here. Coming to Mai Chau valley, you will have a trip to discover the wonderful beauty, culture and cuisine of Mai Chau.
Mai Chau's climate is quite mild and pleasant, summer is not too hot, winter is not too cold. So you can travel to Mai Chau at any time of the year.
- May, June: The best time of Mai Chau is from May and June when the rice fields are golden, when all over Mai Chau is covered with shiny yellow silk, you just need to open the window. So I saw that the rice was ripe, the rice was everywhere in the villages in Mai Chau.
This valley is only 140 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh to the Northwest. So going to Mai Chau is quite convenient, you can go by car or motorbike, the way to Mai Chau is convenient and quite beautiful.
Going by motorbike: Supplying Hanoi - Xuan Mai Street - Luong Son - Hoa Binh - Muong Khen - Mai Chau, along Route 6 is the shortest and fastest way to reach Mai Chau. If you do not want to go to this road, then you can choose the road crossing QL.12B, but go longer and there are not many places to visit along the road.
By car: You can go to My Dinh bus station or Giap Bat to catch the car to Mai Chau (Hoa Binh). When coming to Tong Dau intersection, tell the car to let go and then take a car to take about 5km to go to the center of Mai Chau valley. Car fare is about VND 90-110,000 / person, depending on the car company.
Mai Chau valley is quite small, the attractions and villages are close together, so the most convenient means of transport for you to explore Mai Chau is a bicycle.
The motels and homestays here have bicycle rental service for 20-50,000 VND / car so you can rest assured.
Mai Chau does not have many beautiful and famous tourist sites like Moc Chau - Son La, but to Mai Chau you will not be disappointed because of the scenery here.
In Mai Chau, there are 2 famous tourist villages: Lac and Pom Coong, and many other famous places in Mai Chau for you to explore.
Lac Village - Mai Chau's most beautiful tourist destination: Ban Lac is now a very popular community tourist spot in the heart of near and far tourists. Not a crowded, bustling place, not magnificent, not high and beautiful, but all are rustic, natural, friendly and close, so you will never forget to come here once.
Lac village is a place of bold Thai white cultural identity. 5 Thai ethnic families live in Lac village, Ha, Lo, Vi, Mark and Loc. So far the version has existed for 700 years.
In the past, villagers only lived on the cultivation of upland rice and weaving brocade. Later, the hidden beauty of Lac village was gradually discovered by tourists. Today everyone in the village is working on tourism and the name of Lac village is one of the key areas of tourism in Mai Chau.
Many people of Ban Lac provide services of 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.
Poom Version: Pom Coong means the version of the hills on the big drum, indicating the field - a name that is rich in figurative and meaningful. Pom Coong has been known as a cultural village, tourist village, an attractive destination for cross tourists with nearly 70 households and more than 300 people.
Traditionally, Pom Coong people still build unique stilt houses. The house grows up close to each other only by a thin garden or roost, sitting on the door of the gate, people can chat and have fun together.
Pom Coong is very clean, clean water, regulated water and sanitation facilities make visitors feel fresh and safe. Water is mainly used tap water. Garbage is sorted, stored in containers and will be disposed of. Village roads and lanes are always clean, there is no way people throw garbage indiscriminately ..
Thung Khe Pass: Located between Tan Lac and Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) on Highway 6, Thung Khe Pass or early Da Trang Pass is clear sky, in the afternoon it is sunny with blue sky, gentle afternoon with light afternoon and night sunshine is the fog that spreads all over the way.
Mo Luong Cave: Not far from the center of Mai Chau town, close to Highway 15, looking at the cost of Lac and Pom Coong villages is Mo Luong cave: The old name is Bo Luong cave, Thai Bo Luong language means big vein . That is the spring originating in the heart of Pu Khà mountain range. This spring flows to the western fields, the local people have dug into a reservoir and named it Mo Luong Lake.
Hang Chieu: To go to Hang Chieu, visitors must go through 1200 stone steps, next to the cave entrance, there is an ancient Xa Pung tree, standing majestically at the mouth of the cave, but humbling, standing to one side to shield the entrance of the cave and convenient for the road to go to the cave.
Hang Chieu is located in the southwest of Mai Chau town. The shop is about 10 - 15m wide, back up to the top of the mountain about 30m, about 350m from the residential area. Looking up and down, Mai Chau town is rich and poetic.
Van Mai Chau village: A small village located near Mai Chau town has just started to travel. Although not crowded like Lac village, Van version impresses with terraced fields next to each other on both sides of the village. The villagers are quite friendly and hospitable.
In addition, the village also has a park for growing broccoli, white mustard and other flowers. In the beginning, Ban Van guest house was built next to the field. If you have a chance to stay here, you will be able to watch the morning sunrise by the beautiful terraces.
Thai Museum: It is a gallery that keeps the ancient artifacts of Thai people, collected by Mr. Kien for 10 years to show his love for his lost wife. Currently, all of the antiquities have been transferred and stored at the Van cultural house.
Here you will admire the ancient Thai objects for hundreds of years of development, the priceless coins, collected and preserved carefully.
Go Lao Waterfall: Is a small waterfall in Phuc Mon commune, about 15 km from Mai Chau, from Tong Dau fork in the direction to Moc Chau, you will easily find the way to Thac. The way to the waterfall is the earthen stairs that people have built to go down to the waterfall, if you go to the rainy season it will be quite slippery. You can send your car in the people's house right before the waterfall and climb down.
Ba Khan: Là một xã của Mai Châu nằm ven hồ thủy điện, trải dài từ Phú Cường, qua chân đèo Thung Khe. Qua Thác Gò Lào thêm khoảng 15 km là tới Ba Khan. Đây cũng là khu đầu nguồn hồ thủy điện, bạn có thể thuê thuyền để đi du ngoàn 1 vòng hồ. Giá thuê thuyền vào khoảng 300.000đ - 350.000đ/ giờ. Du lịch ở đây chưa phát triển và còn khá hoang sơ.
The main ethnic group in Mai Chau is Thai, so Thai culinary culture is typical of Mai Chau cuisine.
Thai cuisine expresses a harmonious combination, exchanges, ḥa mingles with the spirit of mountains, rivers, and forests, of simple sincere hearts.
Pigs: Mai Chau or underarmed pig is the type of pig raised in natural free-grazing conditions, grazing in the forest, so pork is very firm, low in fat, delicious and naturally sweet. Piglets are processed into many delicious delicious dishes such as boiled, baked, pork, pork or pork, etc.
Each dish has its own unique flavor, the most difficult to describe and the most delicious is the most popular barbecue dish is tourists.
Sticky rice: Sticky rice is a popular substitute for rice in the Northwest highlands, Thai is called "khế nên" - meaning fragrant 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. 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.
Com Lam: As a famous rustic dish of Mai Chau people, the rice dish made from glutinous sticky rice cooked in bamboo pipes is very unique. How to make simple lamella rice is very delicious, so you should not skip the rice dish when coming to Mai Chau.
Bee nymphs, sour bamboo shoots: This is a popular dish that is unique and favored by Muong ethnic people in Mai Chau. In the season of wild bees (usually the end of the summer), people in the village find big bees like the basket they bring.
Pick up the old brown bees to pick up the wine, while the young white bees are fat and round, to make specialties.
After removing all the bees from the nest, wash them with cold water to drain. Forest bees can be roasted with lemon leaves like roasted silkworm chicks, but here people roast with sour bamboo shoots.
Mai Ha Wine: The Hoa Binh is no stranger to Mai Ha wine, which is deliciously delicious throughout the province and surrounding areas. Everywhere in Hoa Binh, people also call Mai Ha wine a specialty.
The wine is also distilled from the leaven, not mixed with any ingredients from outside, except for mixing the first wine and the last wine, solid wine, pouring out the porcelain plate to burn green like alcohol. The new wine is tolerable, it is hot to the throat, it is mainly used to soak medicine, very good.
Grilled stream fish: In traditional festivals of Thai people, it is indispensable to ensure that the standard grilled fish should choose fish that weighs 4-6 ounces. Marinated spices include cheeses, forest herbs, lotus seeds, basil leaves, lemongrass, chilli, soup, main noodles ...
After cleaning the scales, the fish are removed from the back to dispose of the bile and intestines, then cross the fish, spice them in the middle using a fresh bamboo stick, and stick it on the charcoal for 15 minutes. Fish cooked on embers turn from white to yellow, fragrant. The fish dishes that are eaten with sticky sticky rice of 3 colors and the dots with the crossover are great.
Cicadas: The poor country of Thai people is also famous because it is called "the land of insects" because it is one of the favorite dishes of Thai people, topping the list of cicadas.
The way of making Thai fried cicadas is also very unique, people bring captured cicadas all off, gutted, especially stuffed with a crunchy roasted peanuts into the abdomen then seasoned just go to fry.
The use of cilantro to soak the fried tick has a very special flavor, extremely unforgettable
Tourism services in Mai Chau are very developed, there are many accommodation from high-end resorts to affordable guesthouses, you can comfortably choose accommodation in Mai Chau.
Mai Chau Homestay: This type of accommodation is suitable for traveling groups or travel groups who want to save costs.
There are many homestays in Ban Lac, Poom Gom village for you to choose, all are stilt houses, motels in Mai Chau often provide catering services on the first floor of the stilt house.
The price of Homestay is quite cheap only about 60-100k / person / night, however, you will have to share the toilet quite inconvenient when there are too many people use it at the same time.
Resort, Hotel in Mai Chau: For families or groups of friends on weekends, you should choose a hotel or resort, because the rooms are comfortable and comfortable, besides the resorts have a wide campus to have fun Sightseeing, rates usually range from 1 to 2 million / 1 night 1 room for the whole family.
Mai Chau Ecolodge Resort helps visitors hide in the mountains, enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the mountains, take a dip in the cool pool in the middle of the hill, observe the entire valley and watch the clouds fog hovering, alternating between the slopes of the same message.
Mai Chau Ecolodge's architecture is like an ancient Thai village. Mai Chau Ecolodge operates on ecological principles, reducing direct impacts on the natural and social environment. The resort has 21 independent bungalows (43 rooms) built according to Thai architecture: "Loi" ceiling, palm roof, rustic and rustic decorative details, but no less subtle.
Here, visitors can admire the picture of the valley, looming over the shape of the rice farmers, grow corn or feel the life in the private, quiet garden of each bungalow.
The resort is full of services: swimming pool, spa, restaurant serving the needs of customers. In addition, visitors can participate in traditional music performances, nature exploration walks, practice their own native dishes ... through which they will understand and feel a part. Thai culture