Sapa is well-known for fresh atmosphere, pretty valleys and outstanding culture of ethnic minorities. It is deserved to visit but it’s too far for short trips. Instead of a long tiring trip, come to Mai Chau – the Northern mountainous area and you still have similar experiences with just a 3 -hour drive.
Mai Chau is located around 140km from Hanoi in a peaceful valley sheltered by the outside world by a dramatic ring of hills. Its isolation has allowed a traditional way of life to thrive in a way that you wouldn’t expect so close to the capital city.
A Vietnam holiday in Mai Chau land will be the perfect respite from the craziness of Hanoi. It’s a serene, relaxing rural idyll, and the vivid green paddy fields will match your picture postcard fantasies of the Vietnamese countryside. It’s a good way to meet one of the ethnic minority groups in a setting that’s neither too touristy nor too inaccessibly off-the-beaten-track. And a bamboo stilt house really is a pretty memorable place to spend the night. So, can say: Mai Chau – A miniature Sapa.
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. specially, stay at a Thai family house for a night of traditional hospitality and warmth. After dinner, you 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.
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. Your trip will definitely make you happy.