Mai Chau, Vietnam – fresh Asian destinations
After attending the Vietnam International Conference in Finance in Hanoi, we had 1 free day before coming back to Singapore. We were interested to go to Sapa and experience ethnic minority’s life in Vietnam, however, as the time was constrained, we had to choose an alternative destination. Mai Chau is recommended by Eviva Tour as the closest place from Hanoi to find ethnic tribes. It took us only four hours by car from the city, much closer to Sapa which would take us 12 hours travelling by train.
We settled in an eco-friendly stilt houses with a real minority family, who complementing their income from farming by hosting traveler. It might not be completely authentic but it was a great experience. Their hospitality is a highlight along with the delicious family meals. We also bought some handmade weave souvenirs for house decoration. Indeed, the family had a very good business and they succeed to make tourists like us satisfied.
Mai Chau Vietnam
After taking a nap, we stared to get around the valley. As the location is surrounded by limestone cliffs and dramatic hills, Mai Chau seems to be isolated from the outside hustle and bustle world and remains its tranquility with gurgling streams and birdsong.
Beauty of this foggy valley can be represented for classic rural Vietnam. The small town was surrounded by lush green rice paddies, doting with conical hats and water buffalo of farmers.
There is minimal traffic and excellent for walking and cycling activities. The White Thai locals do not wear their traditional costume every day, however, they still retain their cultural uniqueness. On Saturday night, they gathered in communal house and perform cultural dances and games by blazing fire. It was a delightful experience in Vietnam and Mai Chau has now been added to my list of candidate places to retire