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Weather and Climate in Mai Chau Vietnam

Weather and climate in Mai Chau Vietnam

Mai Chau is a district  of Hoa Binh Province in the northwestern region of Vietnam. The district is located at about 160 km from Ha Noi.

The climate of Mai Chau, Hoa Binh is tropical monsoon. The average annual temperature is 18°C with a maximum of 29°C in July and a minimum of 16°C in January.

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In general, Mai Chau’s climate is quite good around the year. It rains less and the humidity is lower than other Northern Vietnam cites. The best weather extends from September to May with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C.

It can be quite cold during winter from November to the end of February. From June to September, it has the monsoon with stronger breezes and higher humidity. The temperatures are warmer in this time, varying between 25°C and 35°C.

The best time to visit Mai Chau is from September to April of next year, at this time trekking is good ideal for your vacatio

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A Trip to Mai Chau

Paddy fields in the Mai Chau Valley in the northern province of Hoa Binh

There is arguably no other place in Vietnam that enchants visitors as much as the northwestern region. And the place that leaves the highest number of indelible impressions on the mind is the Mai Chau Town in Hoa Binh Province, known also as the Mai Chau Valley.

With the cultural characteristics of the Thai ethnic minority residents lending added sparkle to a landscape of lush green fields, mountains and streams, a world vastly different from bustling cities and towns can be found in Mai Chau.

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A popular way to get there is to drive a bike along National Highway 6, going past the 12 kilometers Doc Cun (literally meaning Cun Slope, but it is in fact a mountain pass) and the Thung Nhuoi Mountain pass to get to the valley.

The first sighting of Mai Chau, a hollow with terraced fields and thatched stilt houses is particularly striking during winter and autumn days when they are shrouded in fog and clouds. Not surprisingly, people tend to stop for a long time atop the Cun Slope to take in the view before proceeding, and thousands of pictures are taken here every day to give each person his or her panoramic view of Mai Chau.

In the summer, though, the sky is so clear and blue in Mai Chau that it is as if the heavens want to make emends for the long winter days.

Once visitors reach the place guided by clear road signs along the way, the Lac Village (or Chieng Chau) — a noted Thai Village with 106 stilt houses, the Pom Coong Hamlet, and the Van Village with its vast green fields are all must-see attractions.

Mai Chau is also known for the Lac Village, where the resident ethnic minority community makes a sticky rice dish that has become a renowned culinary product of the region. It is also a beautiful place nestling in the green valley with vast paddy fields and white clouds covering the whole village in the afternoon.

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Mai Chau Valley

The distance from Hanoi to Mai Chau Valley is approximately 150km; therefore, it takes you more than 3 hours to reach a beautiful Mai Chau Valley. Here located the Lac Village, about 1km from the town center of Mai Chau District.

Coming to Mai Chau, tourists will be warmly welcomed by the picturesque scenery of Mai Chau lying in a green valley of paddy fields dotted with rows of stilt houses. These stilt houses belong to Thai Community – one of six ethnic minorities living in Hoa Binh. Spending one night at one of the stilt houses in Mai Chau, tourists have chance to enjoy the folk dances and songs that are accompanied by Gong music, as well as experience the feeling of drinking Can Wine – an important cultural symbol for ethnic minorities in Hoa Binh.

Source: Vietnam Discovery

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Lac Village in Mai Chau Valley

Lac Village in Mai Chau Valley

Location: In Hoa Binh Province, approximately 135km from Hanoi and 60km from Hoa Binh City.
Characteristics: From the top of Cun Pass, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities, including the Thai ethnic group, live in Lac Village.

Coming to Lac Village, you will see stilt houses border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish.

The Sunday market brings a lot of people into town. People from different minorities living in the mountains come to Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn, and tho cam made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and to participate in traditional dances.

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Mai Chau – Vietnam Top 10 Culture Place

When living amidst the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City, sometimes the perfect getaway involves hiking mountain trails, moonlit walks, and just watching the fireflies.

Mai Chau in Hoa Binh Province is perfect for reconnecting with nature and is famous for beautiful and lush valleys, rice fields and mountains. The province is located around 135 km south-west of Hanoi and it is full of culture as it is home to a variety of ethnic minority groups.

For our stay we checked into the luxury Mai Chau Lodge on a late summer afternoon. It is a big house with a yellow-brown thatched roof, includes 16 deluxe rooms and one junior suite, and is located next to a small lake, mountains and rice field.

My room had a mountain view, and in the darkness I felt the fresh mountain air and smelled a comforting straw fragrance in the wind. The room is very cozy with Mai Chau brocade decorations, but I wasn’t going to stay inside for long. There was a performance by a group from the Thai ethnic minority waiting for us at the restaurant.

Thai people love dancing and they are famous for exotic dances in vibrant costumes including múa s?p (a famous dance with long bamboo sticks or umbrellas). The performance features flowers, daily agriculture activities, and romantic dating songs of the mountain people.

There was a gorgeous full moon, so after dinner we went for a walk in a small lane passing through the green field that linked our hotel with the little village.

It is so quiet there. I was surrounded by a spectacular and peaceful landscape, which was created by a mysterious silver-grey mountain fog, the bright moonlight, and the remote lights from the open windows of the house in the village. The moving sparkle of the rare motorbike, and the tiny fire-flies in the field were absolutely mesmerizing. The contrast of these lights on the darkness of the night reconnected me with nature.

During a holiday at Mai Chau Lodge, guests can try local vegetables and flavors such as green bean, black mushroom, fish and chicken cooked in Muong or Thai ethnic minority style, as well as Western dishes. After an active day visiting villages in Mai Chau and climbing the mountain, the food becomes that much more satisfying and delicious.

There is a swimming pool and Jacuzzi at Mai Chau Lodge, however we spent most of the time outside visiting the village and biking.

The next morning when I woke up, it was a bit late to visit a Sunday market of local people. Fortunately, the resort suggested some tours with a bicycle and tour guide. For those who enjoy hiking, a trip to Pong Kong Village or Mo Luong Cave is a good option.

We decided to go with a special promotion tour to the Hoa Binh reservoir, the largest reservoir in Vietnam, which boasts some great kayaking. There are both half-day and full-day tours to choose from. The tour includes two hours hiking, visiting mountains, a forest, waterfall and local tribal villages. For the grand finale, we kayaked and enjoyed the Hoa Binh reservoir. The tour included transportation from the lodge, a tour guide and lunch.

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How to Travel from Hanoi to Maichau

Buses directly to Mai Chau that drop off in town depart from the My Dinh bus station in Hanoi at 06:00, 07:30, 09:00, 14:00, 14:45 .

Alternatively buses to Hoa Binh leave Hanoi every 15 minutes from 06:00 – 18:00  and from Hoa Binh bus station there are regular buses to Mai Chau. The bus might drop off down the road from the bus station but if you make it clear that you’re heading to Mai Chau they’ll kick you off at the right place and point you in the correct direction. From Mai Chau town it’s a 2-3km walk or  on motorbike taxi to the villages.

Another option is to take any bus leaving for Son La or Dien Bien Phu which will pass by and drop off at the Tong Dau junction about 5 km from town (the road sign for Mai Chau town centre reads ‘Pho Vang’). From there, a motorbike taxi , or more, and since you’re essentially stranded, bargaining won’t get you far.

Be warned that some people have found it tricky to obtain a ticket from the desk at My Dinh and while it’s possible to buy a ticket on the bus be prepared to overpay.

Direct buses back to Hanoi depart from the bus station in town — although no timetable is available they seemed quite regular. Ask at your guesthouse though, as some will be willing to get the bus to pick you up. On our last visit we were informed that buses went back to Hanoi directly from Bac Village at 11:15, 13:00 and 15:00 but this could change regularly so don’t rely on it.

If you have no joy at the bus station, head to the Tong Dau Junction and wait for a minibus to come along. Passengers tend to wait in front of Com Pho Tuan Anh just past the Petrolimex station on the road to Moc Chau. There will be something coming along each way every half hour or so during daylight hours.

For both buses from the bus station and Tong Dau  to get to either Hanoi or Son La — you might have some bargaining power if you pick the bus up at the bus station but that depends on how long you’re willing to wait for the next bus.

Contact Lotussia Travel for more detail.

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Mai Chau Bicycle Tours

Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi based tour operator offering a wide selection of bicycle tours in all over Vietnam. To Mai Chau valley, in the northern Vietnam we provide to bicycle tour options including easy biking tours and active adventure cycle tours.

Mai Chau Easy Bicycle Tours

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These tours includes about two or three hour cycling per day in Mai Chau village. We use private a/c vehicle with driver for the transfer from Hanoi to Mai Chau and vice versa. The bikes we use are classic pushbikes which are available in Mai Chau village.

After about the three-hour drive from Hanoi to Mai Chau, you will have your lunch, provided in a local stilt house. After lunch, you take the pushbike and enjoy the short bicycle tour around the village. If you take the day trip, you cycle back to Mai Chau village around 3 or 4pm and then be picked up again by your car for the journey back to Hanoi. If you book the overnight tour, you will have two half days for the bicycle ride. We usually recommend those who take the two-day tour to spend these two half days in cycling and trekking which offer more experience.

Taking these easy bicycle tours, you will cycle mostly on paved, flat roads. You also bike through local Thai hamlets and rice fields. These options are appropriated for group tours, family travel and those who like a soft, easy tour.

Mai Chau Active Adventure Bicycle Tours

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These bicycle tours are more challenging as there are about 4 – 6 hours cycling per day. We use professional bikes such as Trek bikes or Giant bikes at 24 speed drive train. We bring the bike from our bike store in Hanoi. It is possible for you to cycle along the way, before you arrive in Mai chau. We use these bikes for the two-day tours or longer bicycle tours. If you only have one day for the riding experience, we highly recommend you taking the above option.

Booking this option, you have this opportunity to cycle on different biking trails including flat roads, pave roads, village lanes, single dirt tracks, mountain trail. These active bicycle tours are more challenging and are only recommended for active adventure travelers, professional cyclists traveling in small group size.

The best time to do these active adventure bicycle tours in Mai Chau is the dry season starting from October until May the following year. During this period the temperature is cool with little rain. The weather is exceptionally beautiful in late April, early May, late September and early October. You have the opportunity to see local farmers harvesting in the “golden rice fields”.

Please note Lotussia Travel is specialized in private customize tours. The above bicycle tours are only some sample itineraries we arrange in and around Mai Chau. These tours can be further customized to exactly meet your needs and budget. If you have any question or comment, please do not hesitate to write our team at travel at lotussia.com or visit our official site at www.lotussiatravel.com

Trekking Vietnam Mai Chau in December

Trekking Vietnam Mai Chau in December

December is a very good month for trekking in Mai Chau. December falls into early winter in the northern Vietnam. During this period, the temperature is cool, at about 22 degree C day time. The temperature can be lower at night, about 13 degree C. When there is a monsoon, the temperature can go to 10 or even lower. It is chilly cold when the temperature goes under ten since it is quite humid in the northern Vietnam. There is a little rain in December. Following the statistics there are about 5 hour sunshine per day. It is cloudy most of the time.

Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. Mai Chau is the name of a district of Hoa Binh province where are located the two villages Lac and Poom Coong are inhabited by the White Thai people. For most of travelers and tourists travelling to Mai Chau is to coming to Lac and Poom Coong villages.

From Hanoi you can hire a car and travel to Mai Chau. The road transfer takes about 3.5 – 4 hours. Those who are on budget can buy a bus ticket at My Dinh station. There are two daily departures from  Dinh bus station. You can also take the Son La and Moc Chau public bus that take you through Mai Chau as well. Renting a motorbike is also a good choice for many active adventure travelers. Please note Vietnamese driving license is required since international driving license is not applicable in Vietnam.

Mai Chau offers a wide selection of trekking tours ranging from easy, short walking day tours to multi-day challenging trekking tours. Most of Mai Chau treks start in either Lac or Poom Coong village. You travel through different Thai hamlets, rice fields, hillsides before taking another hiking trail to get back to Mai Chau again where you will be picked up by your vehicle and transferred back to Hanoi. Those who are more adventurous may prefer more active and longer treks getting off of the car in the national road #6, from there they begin their trek hiking through H’mong and Dzao village until they reach Mai Chau where they are picked up again and transferred to back to Hanoi.

There are also some other extension tours which can be combined with Mai Chau trekking tours including Pu Luong Nature Reserve trekking tours, Tam Coc river boat trips, Tam Coc countryside cycle, Pu Luong Nature Reserve trekking tours, Cuc Phuong National Park trekking, birding tours…These optional tours may be ideal for active, adventure travelers seeking a multi-activity holidays in Vietnam.

If you already plan your Mai Chau trekking tour in December, you have many choices. You can do either day tour or multi-day trekking tour. If you book the day tour, we recommend you combining it with other optional extensions such as Tam Coc sampan cruise tour, countryside cycle, Halong bay tour. Otherwise there are different multi-day trekking tours in Mai Chau which take you through Thai and H’mong villages.

If you travel with your kids to Mai Chau in December we recommend some easy hiking tours. You hike on flat trails without much up and downhill walk. If you kids are under 15, you can choose some half day hike around Mai Chau. It is a bit cool in December but the weather of December is very good for active adventure travel activities. This month falls into the high travel season of inbound tourism, especially on the Christmas Day and the New Year Eve. If you already fix your travel plan, try to book the tour and get it confirmed as soon as possible.

At Lotussia Travel most of Mai Chau trekking tours are provided with English-speaking tour guide, private car with driver, accommodation, food, meals, drinking water and travel permit. For more information either mail to travel at lotussia.com or visit www.lotussiatravel.com

Trekking Travel Mai Chau in November

Trekking Travel Mai Chau in November

November is a very good month for trekking in Mai Chau. November falls into late autumn and early winter in the northern Vietnam. During this period, the temperature is cool, at about 25 degree C day time. The temperature can be lower at night, about 17 degree C. When there is a monsoon, the temperature can go to 10 or even lower. It is really cold when the temperature goes under ten since it is quite humid in the northern Vietnam. There is a little rain in November. Following the statistics there are about 5 hour sunshine per day. It is cloudy most of the time.

Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. Mai Chau is the name of a district of Hoa Binh province where are located the two villages Lac and Poom Coong are inhabited by the White Thai people. For most of travelers and tourists travelling to Mai Chau is to coming to Lac and Poom Coong villages.

From Hanoi you can hire a car and travel to Mai Chau. The road transfer takes about 3.5 – 4 hours. Those who are on budget can buy a bus ticket at My Dinh station. There are two daily departures from  Dinh bus station. You can also take the Son La and Moc Chau public bus that take you through Mai Chau as well. Renting a motorbike is also a good choice for many active adventure travelers. Please note Vietnamese driving license is required since international driving license is not applicable in Vietnam.

Mai Chau offers a wide selection of trekking tours ranging from easy, short walking day tours to multi-day challenging trekking tours. Most of Mai Chau treks start in either Lac or Poom Coong village. You travel through different Thai hamlets, rice fields, hillsides before taking another hiking trail to get back to Mai Chau again where you will be picked up by your vehicle and transferred back to Hanoi. Those who are more adventurous may prefer more active and longer treks getting off of the car in the national road #6, from there they begin their trek hiking through H’mong and Dzao village until they reach Mai Chau where they are picked up again and transferred to back to Hanoi.

There are also some other extension tours which can be combined with Mai Chau trekking tours including Pu Luong Nature Reserve trekking tours, Tam Coc river boat trips, Tam Coc countryside cycle, Pu Luong Nature Reserve trekking tours, Cuc Phuong National Park trekking, birding tours…These optional tours may be ideal for active, adventure travelers seeking a multi-activity holidays in Vietnam.

If you already plan your Mai Chau trekking tour in November, you have many choices. You can do either day tour or multi-day trekking tour. If you book the day tour, we recommend you combining it with other optional extensions such as Tam Coc sampan cruise tour, countryside cycle, Halong bay tour. Otherwise there are different multi-day trekking tours in Mai Chau which take you through Thai and H’mong villages.

If you travel with your kids to Mai Chau in November we recommend some easy hiking tours. You hike on flat trails without much up and downhill walk. If you kids are under 15, you can choose some half day hike around Mai Chau. It is a bit cool in November but the weather of November is very good for active adventure travel activities. This month falls into the high travel season of inbound tourism. If you already fix your travel plan, try to book the tour and get it confirmed as soon as possible.

At Lotussia Travel most of Mai Chau trekking tours are provided with English-speaking tour guide, private car with driver, accommodation, food, meals, drinking water and travel permit. For more information either mail to travel at lotussia.com or visit www.lotussiatravel.com

Trekking Vietnam Mai Chau in October

Trekking Vietnam Mai Chau in October

October is one of the two best months for trekking in Mai Chau. October falls into autumn in the northern Vietnam. During this period, the temperature is cool, at about 28 degree C day time. The temperature can be lower at night, about 19 degree C. The sky is clear with about 5 hour sunshine per day. There is only little rain which is less frequent than in September. Besides, it is quite dry with clear sky. Traveling to Mai Chau in October, you also have the opportunity to see people harvesting, to experience the life of a farmer.

Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. Mai Chau is the name of a district of Hoa Binh province where are located the two villages Lac and Poom Coong are inhabited by the White Thai people. For most of travelers and tourists travelling to Mai Chau is to coming to Lac and Poom Coong villages.

From Hanoi you can hire a car and travel to Mai Chau. The road transfer takes about 3.5 – 4 hours. Those who are on budget can buy a bus ticket at My Dinh station. There are two daily departures from  Dinh bus station. You can also take the Son La and Moc Chau public bus that take you through Mai Chau as well. Renting a motorbike is also a good choice for many active adventure travelers. Please note Vietnamese driving license is required since international driving license is not applicable in Vietnam.

Mai Chau offers a wide selection of trekking tours ranging from easy, short walking day tours to multi-day challenging trekking tours. Most of Mai Chau treks start in either Lac or Poom Coong village. You travel through different Thai hamlets, rice fields, hillsides before taking another hiking trail to get back to Mai Chau again where you will be picked up by your vehicle and transferred back to Hanoi. Those who are more adventurous may prefer more active and longer treks getting off of the car in the national road #6, from there they begin their trek hiking through H’mong and Dzao village until they reach Mai Chau where they are picked up again and transferred to back to Hanoi.

There are also some other extension tours which can be combined with Mai Chau trekking tours including Pu Luong Nature Reserve trekking tours, Tam Coc river boat trips, Tam Coc countryside cycle, Pu Luong Nature Reserve trekking tours, Cuc Phuong National Park trekking, birding tours…These optional tours may be ideal for active, adventure travelers seeking a multi-activity holidays in Vietnam.

If you already plan your Mai Chau trekking tour in October, you have many choices. You can do either day tour or multi-day trekking tour. If you book the day tour, we recommend you combining it with other optional extensions such as Tam Coc sampan cruise tour, countryside cycle, Halong bay tour. Otherwise there are different multi-day trekking tours in Mai Chau which take you through Thai and H’mong villages.

If you travel with your kids to Mai Chau in October we recommend some easy hiking tours. You hike on flat trails without much up and downhill walk. If you kids are under 15, you can choose some half day hike around Mai Chau.

At Lotussia Travel most of Mai Chau trekking tours are provided with English-speaking tour guide, private car with driver, accommodation, food, meals, drinking water and travel permit. For more information either mail to travel at lotussia.com or visit www.lotussiatravel.com