The perfect place for serenity, rural Mai Chau in Vietnam is a must visit. Whether you’re living in Hanoi or touring round Vietnam, you need to add it to your list! Around 140km south-west of the capital, making it a great weekend break for those wanting to escape the city, or a good option for a couple of days relaxing as part of a longer trip. Below, you’ll see exactly why.
Unlike Ninh Binh, Sapa and other popular rural spots, Mai Chau doesn’t offer many tourist attractions or things to do. That is exactly why you should go there. Take a step back, soak up the peace and tranquility, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Why should you visit Mai Chau?
Breakfast with a view of paddy fields and viridescent hills.
Enjoy a cycle ride between the villages, the cool breeze a welcome treat.
Splash around in a lake with locals.
Rent a moped from your homestay and take in the views.
Aimlessly ambling along the paths as the sun begins to set.
Sound good? Just look at the scenery.
As you can see, Mai Chau is absolutely beautiful. Why wouldn’t you want to visit?! It’s the perfect base to enjoy some relaxation or witness local rural life in an area far less touristy than Sapa or Ninh Binh.
Where to stay
Budget: Little Mai Chau Homestay offers low-cost bungalows and dorms with beautiful views. The owners are lovely, you can hire bikes and motorbikes and there are a few different options for breakfast.
Higher end: If you want a pool overlooking the paddies, Mai Chau Ecolodge is a very popular option. You’ll need to book well in advance (I’ve never been organised enough!) It’s very close to Little Mai Chau Homestay and the location is just perfect.
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