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This two days' motorbike tour offers a great opportunity to explore the outstanding natural beauties and cultural richness of Mai Chau, the gateway to the impressive Northwestern area of Vietnam. As you ride to Mai Chau, you will encounter White Thai minorities and be the guests in their traditional stilt-houses allowing us to see firsthand how these minority people live.
During this tour, you will be accommodated in a stilt Thai house based on twin or triple shared room.
Your motorbike tour will be started by leaving Hanoi on dike roads to avoid the heavy traffic around 09:00. You will ride your motorcycles west to Mai Chau, an area of beautiful landscape and home to the Thai ethnic minority.
You will motorcycle on Highway 6 passing extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads punctuated by limestone karst scenery.
After a light lunch in Hoa Binh Province, you will cross Thung Khe, one of the most beautiful mountain passes in North Vietnam then descent to the mountain valley settlement of Mai Chau. After dinner, you will join performance, where you can dance and share a range of special liquors (rice wine) with the locals. Overnight will be in a house-on-stilts of the Thai people.
Mai Chau is one of the closest places to Hanoi where you can experience a 'real' Montagnard Village. In the morning, you will take a short walk around the village to discover the local life. Life in the countryside starts early so by sunrise, there is a wealth of activity.
The Thai women are masterful weavers who ensure that there is plenty of traditional-style clothing to buy in the village center. You will see women weaving on looms under or inside their houses in the village. You can buy some handmade traditional-style clothing, knife or crossbow.
After breakfast, you will do a 60-kilometer motor ride around Mai Chau on beautiful mountain dirt track and the almost empty road before back to homestay for lunch. Then, you will say goodbye to villagers and leave Mai Chau around 10:00. You will ride back Hanoi by the shorter way.
This tour will take you from Hanoi to Mai Chau. Mai Chau is a rural district located in the Northwest Region of Vietnam, approximately 140 kilometers from Hanoi, and is a part of the Hoa Binh Province. It is nestled in a peaceful valley sheltered by the outside world by a dramatic ring of hills. It’s a serene, relaxing rural idyll, and the vivid green paddy fields will match your picture postcard fantasies of the Vietnamese countryside.
The Mai Chau Valley is dominated by rice paddies and small villages and enclosed by mountains. Sitting outdoors looking at the mountains covering, breathing fresh air from nature, ones can just unwind in a serene and peaceful environment, or easily meet local people and be invited to drink Mai Ha wine with family or friends.
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