Mai Chau Trekking

Mai Chau Trek is a travel portal site managed by Red Gecko Travel and specializing in operating tour to Mai Chau, a beautiful landscape in the Northwest province of Hoa Binh, Vietnam.

Mai Chau is the heart of a beautiful valley that is a world away from the hustle of Hanoi. The modern village is an unappealing sprawl, but as you emerge on the rice fields and rural living is transformed into a real paradise. It?s a stunning area, and the most people here are ethnic White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China.

It was an early departure from Hanoi and there was the threat of rain in the sky. My fellow colleagues and I were excited to start our adventure – a trek to Mai Chau, well known for its clean air, beautiful scenery and minority people. Leaving the city behind, we travelled along the major highway for about 2 hours, watching the scenery change from busy streets into lush green fields. After a short coffee stop to stretch out legs, we continued to Mai Chau and a Thai minority village for lunch.  A delicious lunch was prepared by Ms Mai the owner of the restaurant and we were surprised to see a famous Vietnam rock band Buc Tuong (The Wall) sitting behind us. After a few photos and autographs, we took a short walk around the village and saw the local Thai handicrafts.

Next, we travelled to the start point of our trek and began walking the 8km along a paved road to get to the Hang Kia village where we stayed with a local family overnight. It was so nice to have a hot shower and sit down to another tasty dinner cooked by our host family. We even had some of the local rice wine!

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The next day we were woken up very early to prepare for our trek down the mountain. After a breakfast of noodle soup, we said goodbye to our host family and started with a walk through the village until we reached a jungle path. This was where the fun and adventure of the trek began!  One-by-one, we walked down the steep, rocky, narrow path, over logs and branches, through mud and thorn bushes until we reached a large clearing. It was quite difficult but the panoramic views of the mountains made it worthwhile.

After a short rest break to admire the view, the remainder of the trek was easy very going, walking along paths and through lovely green rice fields. We arrived at a local restaurant for lunch, where we took off our muddy boots and massaged our sore feet!  On the drive back to Hanoi we stopped at a local market to buy seasonal fruit as gifts for family and friends.  Then, tired and happy from a great weekend we arrived back at the office in Hanoi.

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