About Our Destination

The rice paddies of Mai Chau flit seasonally between green and gold, carpeting the ground between its villages. These are the workplaces of some of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities – the Thai, the H’mong and the Dao, each comprising the diverse population of Mai Chau in a cultural fabric woven as intricately as their brocades.

Mai Chau’s location just three hours from Hanoi offers the perfect counterpoint to a busy city in the grip of modernisation. This fruitful valley is the picture of Vietnam’s agriculturaltradition; a vibrant world of gorgeous simplicity and stagnated time.

Mai Chau has long been home to some of Vietnam’s beloved ethnic minorities. The Thai, H’mong and Dao ethnic groups have been the most prominent settlers of the region, founding traditions that have become intertwined both with the landscape and Mai Chau’s passing seasons.

Mai Chau Ecolodge, one of the top-rated eco-accommodations in Vietnam, is immensely proud of the collage of culture that has bloomed and remained strong over generations of villagers. Our facilities, tours and workshops promote ethnic culture at every opportunity and encourage our guests to lose themselves in the romanticism of rural Vietnam.

Weather: The summer brings heat of around 34°C (93°F) in Mai Chau, along with occasional bouts of rain. Between November and April, visitors to Mai Chau can enjoy a temperate climate of around 22 - 25°C (72 - 77°F).

Location: Mai Chau occupies a valley about 140km southwest of Hanoi. The name of ‘Mai Chau’ refers to a district in Hoa Binh province, which aptly translates to ‘the Province of Peace’.

Airport: The closest airport to Mai Chau is Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, about 160km and a 3-hour drive away.

Discover Surrounding Areas

Discover Surrounding Areas

Over 500km2 of land comprises Mai Chau, a stalwart attraction of northern Vietnam. Across its breadth of mountains, caves, rice paddies, jungle and ethnic villages, the mesmerising aura of Mai Chau remains strong and fluent.

Neighbouring Villages

Neighbouring Villages

Mai Chau matches the appeal of its nature with its gorgeous villages, where the skyline is solely comprised of two-story stilt houses. Beautiful communes can be found everywhere, whether it is amongst the rice paddies, atop the mountains or tucked away in the jungle. Eachanswers the yearning of guests with rustic simplicity and a soundtrack of the Vietnamese countryside.

Local Cave

Local Cave

Translating to the ‘Afternoon Cave’, Chieu Cave glistens most after midday, when sunrays illuminate its interior. The stone steps outside lead to several limestone chambers where ‘trees’ of stalactites can be found. Amongst this karst forest, visitors can learn about the geology of Mai Chau as well as the folklore that has developed from various local stories attached tothese shapely rocks.

Hoa Binh Lake

Hoa Binh Lake

By far the most important body of water in the whole of Hoa Binh province is the eponymous Hoa Binh Lake. This is the largest artificial lake in Southeast Asia, but the greenery that flanks it and the mountains that rise from its surface are composed of a distinctly natural beauty. Hoa Binh Lake lies within easy reach of our eco-friendly accommodation in northern Vietnam and acts as the destination for many of our Mai Chau tours.

Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Pu Luong Nature Reserve

The Pu Luong Nature Reserve provides a peaceful step into a tourist-free paradise on the outskirts of Mai Chau. Compared with central Mai Chau, this is a location of equally beautiful landscape and equally proud traditions, but one that enjoys a more pronounced tranquility due to its off-the-beaten-track atmosphere. Quaint village paths cutting through jungle and villages of smiling locals are very much the norm here, as is the constant flow of bamboo waterwheels – an icon of Pu Luong’s rustic way of life.

Special Offer

These inclusive packages offer an intensive experience of Mai Chau, offering up a land of wild green and a stay at one of Vietnam’s top eco-accommodations.

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