Village Trekking: Mai Chau & Pu Luong
9 Days | Mai Chau Tour
Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong
This 9 day tour will be an interesting journey for you to explore the unspoiled land of Mai Chau - the green land in the Northwest of Vietnam. It is truly an adventure tour feature various trekking to numerous quaint villages around the region.
Hanoi – Mai Chau, Trek to Hang Kia Village
In the morning at 8 am, you will be picked up at your hotel for a scenic drive to Mai Chau - a beautiful mountainous area in the Northwest of Vietnam. Upon arrival at Pom Coong village in Mai Chau, take a short walk to visit Thai ethnic minority. Lunch will be served at a local house.
After lunch, take one-hour drive to Xa Linh village where you will start your 3-hour trek through beautiful villages and small village roads to Hang Kia village – home to H’mong minority.
Dinner and overnight at a traditional house of H’mong family.
Trek to Van village
After breakfast, continue your trek to through tropical rain forest on local tracks and pass through corn fields to as venturing into Mai Chau Valley. The trek takes around 5 hours.
Lunch will be served at a local stall at the foot of the valley. After lunch, make your way through several hill tribe villages and rice fields to Van village where you will arrive at by the late afternoon. Upon arrival, stroll around the village to learn more about the interesting lifestyle of white Thai people.
Dinner and overnight at a traditional stilt house in the village. There is also chance for you to taste some of their homemade rice wine.
Trek to Xam Khoe village
The full day trekking today is easier and nice passing through several Thai hamlets. You will trek on a beautiful path surrounded by rice fields and beautiful scenery. Picnic lunch will be served along the way. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Xam Khoe village. Here, you have a chance to prepare food and enjoy dinner with the friendly host, try some maize wine with the locals.
Overnight at the local house in the village.
Trek back to Pom Coong village
After breakfast, say good bye to the host and trek back to Mai Chau Valley and Pom Coong village through beautiful rice paddies. Take your time to immerse into the tranquility and peacefulness of the atmosphere in the morning.
Upon arrival, enjoy lunch served by Thai people. In the afternoon, you are free to explore the village on your own. Diner and overnight in Pom Coong village.
Mai Chau – Pu Luong
After breakfast, leave Pom Coong village and drive on beautiful roads to Pu Luong Nature Reserve, about 22 km from the village. From here, set off your trek to Duom and Hang village for about 2.5 hours through outstanding mountain scenery, beautiful rice paddies. Along the way, you may see local people working on farms and fields.
Dinner and overnight at a local Thai family.
Trek to Eo Ken and Kho Muong villages
This morning, try to wake up early to mingle into the daily life of the locals or take a leisurely stroll around Hang village to get a glimpse of life in this peaceful land. After breakfast with Thai friends, you will start to your trekking tour. Trekking duration for today will be about 5 to 6 hours. During the trek, you will cross through streams; go through valley, rice terraces and lush rain forest.
A picnic lunch will be served along the way at Eo Ken Village. Upon arrival in Kho Muong- a placid village with stunning setting, you could stroll around the village, explore the local life or relax at an eco-homestay. Take your time to immerse in the peaceful scenery and fresh air of the region.
Overnight at a typical Thai eco-stilt house in Kho Muong.
Nua and Hin villages
After breakfast, set off your full day hiking through the valley. You will trek to an amazing cave which is now protected by Forest rangers. Continue your trail through limestone mountains and rain forest inside Pu Luong Nature Reserve to Nua village. Upon arrival, it’s time for freshening up with a cool stream – a unique experience in your journey. The picnic lunch will be served on the bank of the stream.
After some time for relax, continue onto Hin village – the village of Thai people where you are warmly welcomed by a friendly family host. Enjoy dinner with the locals at their traditional stilt house. Overnight at the local house.
Trek to Son village
After breakfast, it’s time to say good bye to the family host for a full day trek to Son village. You will venture deeper into the Pu Luong Nature Reserve – home to biodiversity. Picnic lunch will be served along the way.
Continue your trek passing through the beautiful village of Ba to reach Son village. Upon arrival, take time to relax, stretch your legs on a stilt house of Thai minority. You could also stroll around the village to get a glimpse of rustic life of the locals.
Dinner and overnight in Son village.
Ton village – Hanoi
After breakfast, continue your trekking to Ton village. Your trekking today is easier with the path running through rice paddies and jungle. After 2.5 hour trek, you will arrive at Ton village where your driver awaits to take you to Muong Khen town for lunch. In the afternoon, drive back to Hanoi. End of service.
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