Mai Chau is the heart of a beautiful valley that is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. The modern village is an unappealing sprawl, but as you emerge on the rice fields and rural living it is transformed into a real paradise. It’s a stunning area, a mosaic of rice fields, bamboo groves, and scattered settlements of ethnic White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China.
It is the "White Thai" who give this valley its unique atmosphere, with their picturesque villages of bamboo and timber houses raised on stilts. Thai women are skilled weavers, with looms in use below most of the houses and Thai weavings making a fine memento of a visit to this area. Stay with Travel Vietnam in a Thai family house for a night of traditional hospitality and warmth. After dinner, we may have the opportunity to experience Thai traditional dance display - or perhaps just sleep on a mat in a bamboo stilt house, in a large communal house before an early rise for a walk around the valley.
There are few remote villages and some spectacular trekking routes away from the tourist tracks where you could meet local people at work and their homes, relax and enjoy local tea and talk to locals about their living and their culture through the translation of tour guide and get better understanding of Mai Chau people.
There are two harvesting seasons annually, their harvest time are in April and September. If you are visiting Mai Chau during harvesting season, the green field will change into yellow-gold color and you can smell the scent of burning rice and paddy husk which is very aromatic.
Neighboring Mai Chau is a village called Ban Lac where villagers open their houses to travelers for rustic overnight stays and often delight their guests with songs and dances for which they are widely renowned. Guests are invited to relax and enjoy the night whilst sipping from long straws on a traditional alcoholic beverage called “Ruou Can”.
From the top of Thung Khe pass, tourists can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses.
There is a big "Green H'mong" community living in Paco & Hang Kia village 30km from Mai Chau. They have a fair market on every Sunday morning in Paco - Xa Linh.