7 Day Tough Trek Mai Chau Vietnam takes you to peaceful Thai and Muong villages. Experience the rich ethnic culture, spend the night a local home – homestay…
Day 1: Hanoi – Hoa Binh – Mai Chau.
You will be met up with Lotussia Travel team and transferred to Hoa Binh province ( 75 km from Ha Noi). Leaving Hoa Binh we climb towards the Mai Chau valley, about two hours away, stopping on the way to take in the spectacular scenery. 01 hour trek through forests to make “warm” then have lunch in Xa Linh. From here start 3-hour trek to Hang Kia. Your hosts for this evening will be the H’Mong minority people. In sampling these peoples’ hospitality, you find out a little more of their lives and cultures with a cultural exchange following the evening meal. This night’s accommodation could probably be a little more rustic than you would be used to ( 5 hours trekking).
Day 2: Mai Chau Trekking.
Breakfast with the family and setting off on a 7-hour trek. On the way stop for a picnic lunch of sandwiches and fruits. Around 16h 00 we arrive at Pieng Ve Village inhabited by the Muong people. Our good cook will treat you to a fine meal, Our outstanding guide will tell you stories of life in Pieng Ve village. The hosts will share their home brewed rice wine with you and traditionally offer a toast or fruits to your good health and happiness
Day 3: Mai Chau – Ban Buoc.
After breakfast trek 4 hours to Ban Buoc village. 12h 30 Arriving at the new hosts who are Thai. With lunch finished there will time for a short siesta or to stroll down to the river before embarking on a 3-hour walk around villages and meeting villagers along the way. After an afternoon of cultural insights you will return to Ban Buoc village ( there will be a opportunity to freshen up at the river before the sun set. In the evening following dinner, you will have the opportunity for more cultural interaction.
Day 4: Ban Buoc – Ban Cum.
After breakfast start 4-hour trek from Ban Buoc to Ban Cum where you have lunch. You have the afternoon to wander around one of the most picturesque Thai villages in Mai Chau valley. This evening is spent in Ban Cum ( White Thai village).
Day 5: Ban Cum – Ban Lac.
After Breakfast start 4-hour trek from Ban Cum to Lac village – The “Tourist center” in Mai Chau. Here you can have variety of choice to buy traditional souvenirs for your family and friends. In the afternoon you are free to wander around villages. This evening after dinner you enjoy Thai music and dance. Overnight in Lac village (White Thai village).
Day 6: Ban Lac Mai Chau Valley Trekking.
From Lac you go 30 minutes by car to Go Lao where you start 2-hour trek to Da river. This day you will see a beautiful waterfall in Go Lao on the way trek to Da river. After 2 hour trek transfer to a boat. Cruise the river for 2 hours. lunch on board. Afternoon start 2- hour trek to a Dzao village. Dinner and spend night at the Nanh village.
Day 7: Mai Chau – Hanoi.
Breakfast. Retrace your steps back to the boat. Cruise 2 hours to Ban Voi. Lunch on board. Afternoon continue 3-hour trek to Hoa Binh. This day you will have chance to admire picturesque view of Hoa Binh reservoir on the height of 300 m before continuing your drive back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi about late afternoon. Trip ends.
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Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
International travel insurance.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.