Day 1. Hanoi – Mai Chau Valley (L, D)
You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter at 7.30.a.m and depart for Mai Chau Valley in Hoa Binh province. On the way, you will admire these incredibly beautiful landscapes and countryside villages, make a stop for taking scenic photo as well as visit the Muong tribes - the third largest of Vietnam's 53 minority groups and then Thung Khe Pass - the finest place to capture a fantastic panorama of Mai Chau Valley.
Around 11.00 you will reach Mai Chau, have relaxing time and be served an authentic lunch with a local family of the White Thai tribe and have some free time to make friend with the villagers.
In the afternoon, you will ride a bike through narrow village path, admire the picturesque terraced rice paddies and small villages, exploring the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the unique culture of the ethnic minority Thai people on your stops at the Pom Coong villages and Naphon villages. Especially, Pom Coong villages are full of colorful products and colorful Thai ladies and famous for traditional dances with stem wine. Both villages have nearly 70 households with more than 300 people. Most houses are built on stilts, having bamboo floors and roofs made from Goi or May leaves.
This is a great opportunity to know more about the area’s cuisine and culture when you help the local family to prepare a traditional dinner.
In the evening, you can enjoy a live dance and music performance of the villagers. At the end of the day, you will stay overnight in the long stilt house.
Day 2: Mai Chau Discovery – Hanoi (B, L)
After beginning your new day with a simple breakfast with your host family, you will take a short drive through the surrounding countryside, before setting off on a trek passing through the enormous rice paddies and down winding lanes to pay a visit to the Cum and Sam Khoe villages. Here, you will immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture and be served an authentic lunch at one of the villages. In the afternoon, you will be driven back to Hanoi and end this tour with a drop-off at your hotel at around 18.30.