Many travelers, especially those going on a Vietnam tour for the first time, only visit Hanoi. And yes, you do need to visit the over 1,000-year-old capital, since it has long held the title as the most charming and enchanting city in the country.
But to see the real Vietnam, it is not a bad idea to go beyond the capital and burrow into the little towns of the countryside. On your Vietnam countryside tour in Mai Chau in North West Vietnam, which is arguably one of the most beautiful places in this S-shaped country, you will get an authentic taste of traditional hill tribe life and then easily realize the diversity of culture, food, and ambiance of each region in Vietnam.
Best time to travel to Mai Chau in Vietnam
Best time to visit Mai Chau
Like other destinations in North West Vietnam, Mai Chau, Hoa Binh has tropical monsoon climate with 4 seasons in a year: cool spring, hot summer, warm autumn, and chilly winter. In general, Mai Chau’s weather is pleasant around the year making it such a perfect destination for outdoor activities including trekking, camping, team building, and local culture exploring.
The best time to visit Mai Chau? There is no exact answer – cooler months (from October to December and from January to May) mean splendid flowers, fresh fruits, and trekking opportunities, but also crowds. During hotter months (June, July, August), there are more rain but fewer tourists. There are jaw-dropping sights all year-round, from the symbolic image of the pink color of peach blossoms and white color of plum blossoms in spring to the greenness of new paddy fields in summer, the golden silk scarves in autumn, and the colorful festivals in winter.
Top things to do in a Vietnam countryside tour in Mai Chau
In North West region, Mai Chau has a lovely and chilled out vibe to it. Roughly a 4-hour car drive out of Hanoi, this cute town has an old, relaxed feel but still keeps up with modern society by having a huge range of homestay accommodations to check out.
Mai Chau homestay
Beyond its visual appeal, the cultural riches of the lovely North West town are unsurpassed. Whether you opt to visit the Thai ethnic museum or truly experience the authentic culture of the White Thais infamous community tourist spots such as Pom Coong Village, Lac Village, and Van Village through accommodation and fine homemade Vietnamese fare, one thing is certain: Mai Chau will always enthrall.
A homestay experience in Mai Chau gives you an amazing chance to experience daily activities of Thai ethnic people like fish catching and farming activities, sample their food specialties, and enjoy a Tai Kao dance performance by a local troupe.
Experience catching fish
Get bored with beaches and crowded amusement areas? Why not reward yourself with these interesting hands-on experiences? Whether you are hoping to catch dinner or searching for fun, fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors at its best and come head-to-head with a vibrant array of fish. There are various ways of to catch fish: just by hand, by rods, bamboo traps and in Mai Chau, it is by the local traditional fishing techniques using round and cast nets.
At first, you might feel it difficult to use the traditional techniques, thanks to the careful instruction of the local guide, you will know how to prepare the baits, choose the right place to catch fish and how to use round and cast nets step by step. Get ready to have your hands dirty and become a true Mai Chau resident! Grilled streamline fish (pa pỉnh tộp) is served as a base of a Mai Chau feast. What can be more amazing than enjoying your meal cooked by yourself with your ingredients caught by yourself?
Work in fields with the local farmers
Work in fields with the local farmers
Get up early in the morning, take a short walk around the garden and learn how to prepare the soil and plant some vegetables. It is the way local farmers begin their day. Do you find it interesting? Let’s participate in their daily routines, experience a day of working as a real local farmer in a vegetable garden and join hands in raking, sowing, and watering.
A trip to Mai Chau town is a fantastic way to discover Vietnamese traditional village life in full swing.