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, about 2,5 hour drive by car. The name of "Mai Chau" refers to 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.