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Pu Luong tours: Mai Chau Travel guide – Vietnam

Located in the west of Hoa Binh province, Mai Chau valley is the top destination for many young people who love the natural and cultural beauty of the ethnic minorities. Here is all the information for the Mai Chau Travel guide.

Mai Chau Travel guide

Best time to visit Mai Chau

Mai Chau is an appropriate destination in all seasons. You can refer to the beauty of each the seasons in Mai Chau as below:

Mai Chau Travel guide

November – February:

In winter, the air is chilly. Peach blossom and plum blossom bloom in one corner of Mai Chau.

March – April:

The weather is cool and pleasant


The climate is quite cool. There are no flowers. But there are plums, peaches fruits will ripe. At the beginning of September, Independence Day attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists.

How to get to Mai Chau from Hanoi?

Mai Chau is about 140km from Hanoi City. Hoa Binh is about 60km to the Northwest. To get to Hoa Binh province, you can choose the option of traveling by motorbike, or taking a bus.

From Hanoi to Mai Chau you can follow 2 routes:

– Route 1:

Center of Hanoi – Nguyen Trai – Ba La (Ha Dong) – Xuan Mai – NH6 – Pass Thung Khe – Nga Ba Tong Dau – Mai Chau

– Route 2:

Center of Hanoi – Tran Duy Hung – Thang Long Boulevard – Xuan Mai – NH6 – Pass Thung Khe – Nga Ba Tong Dau – Mai Chau

From Hanoi, tourists can take a bus at My Dinh and Giap Bat bus stations (with the ticket price of 100,000 – 120,000). Go along to the Toong Dau intersection. Then take a motorbike to the town about 5km away.

In Mai Chau Town:

Mai Chau town is quite small, so you can rent a bicycle to walk around the villages. It is not necessary to use a motorbike.  At most stilt houses in Lac village, there is a bicycle rental service.

Mai Chau Travel guide

Besides, you also rent a private car by contact Go Vietnam Travel. It will be the best choice for anyone who wants to visit Pu Luong as well.

Where to visit in Mai Chau?

Here is some of famous destination which you can refer to: (#Mai Chau Travel guide)

Thung Khe Pass

Located on National Road No. 6 which belongs to Hoa Binh province, Thung Khe mountain pass is about 1,000 meters above sea level. Visitors can enjoy the rustic food displayed on the roadside such as boiled corn, boiled sugarcane,  … Moreover, from the top of Thung Khe, you can have a panoramic view. This is one of the most beautiful places to admire Hoa Binh province.

Mai Chau Travel guide

Lac village

La Village is over 700 years old. The people of Lac village are mainly the black Thai people  This place is like a gift of the mountains for those who love peace and quiet space.

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

Pom Coong village

Like other villages of Muong and Thai people, Pom Coong people often live in places where rivers and streams are built. Leaning against hills and mountains, in front of the house is usually a vast field.

The attractive point of Pom Coong in tourism is that it is very clean space. Therefore, come here, you will feel the purity of heaven and earth and the peace of life.

Chieu Cave

Chieu Cave is located on the top of the Pu Pa limestone mountain range. The name of Chieu Cave was given by locals in here. Because every time the sun comes back, the sunlight shines straight into the cave. The rays make the splendor of the stalactite become beautiful, creating a beautiful scene like a place to hold.

What to eat in Mai Chau?

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Grilled pork meat

Grilled pork is an attractive option to be enjoyed by many visitors. People choose the best pieces of meat then marinate with a variety of different spices: salt, chili powder, citronella, lime leaves, ginger, turmeric, and vinegar. After 30 minutes, they will grill that meat.

Grapefruit leaves pork roll

A specialty of Muong minors. Bacon is cut into pieces that are equal to knuckles. Every piece is wrapped by half of a grapefruit leave, which then grilled on coal. During the cooking, the flavor of the pork is added by the leaves’ aroma

Five-colored sticky rice

The way of making the dish is similar to cook sticky rice. They wash the rice, then steam it up. The color is created from different kinds of rice. The five colors are white, red, blue, purple, yellow.

Mai Chau Travel guide

Stir-fried beef with slender

The hive is collected from the forest by locals. It is then brought to their home to make medicine as well as food. It would be stirred with forest bamboo shoot – a specialty of Mai Chau.

Com Lam (Bamboo-tube rice)

It’s the Mai Chau signature dish that every visitor would like to try. The ingredients to make this dish include rice, banana leaves, and bamboo tube. There are also sliced coconut and coconut milk.

The bamboo used to make this dish called “Pa Nga” is small and straight. The rice is washed and soaked in water for 2-3 hours and then out into a bamboo tube and grilled.

Chicken (Ga Doi)

This is a very popular dish for many tourists buy if you want to eat the barbecue gritty chicken, take a tour Mai Chau 1 day to try it.

The chicken is baked in charcoal without smoke or steamed with lemon leaves. Tearing each piece of chicken along with the “cham cheo” will create excellent taste. The price of baked chicken ranges from 300.00 to 350.000.

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Here are Pu Luong tours itineraries for you to be referred to.

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