Outdoors fun in Mai Chau’s Backyard

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A blend of cultural discovery, some outdoor activities and traditional way of life that you wouldn't expect being so close to Hanoi. It is not only about its awe-inspiring verdant landscape, but also about the warm hospitality of its people! 

Come and discover Mai Chau with us!


  • The chance to experience the rural atmosphere in Northern Vietnam without being necessary to commute for too long from Hanoi.
  • Your stay will make a contribution to the village cooperative which is managed directly by the residents, that is why in Handspan we are proud to bring you here!
  • The chance to disconnect in such a peerless bucolic setting.

What to bring

Sun & rain gear ● Insect repellent ● Warm clothes in winter (mid Nov to early Mar) ● Trekking clothes (long pants recommended) ● Trekking shoes/sandals (light trek) ● Toiletries, towel and flashlight ● Original passport

Hanoi - Mai Chau

Day 1 Hanoi - Mai Chau

Meals: lunch, dinner | Accommodation: Mai Hich village – Traditional house-on-silts

We will be picked up at 8:00 am from our hotel and head to Mai Chau in the morning. We will leave the city behind and pass through a craggy, mountainous landscape. We will drive up a massive pass and end in the mountainous circus of Mai Chau around noon time. Lunch will be served in a local Thai house.

In the afternoon, we will have a small walk around Mai Chau valley before our quick transfer to the small remote village of Mai Hich. If the weather permits,  we will have the chance to enjoy a short cycling ride around the village. Afterwards, we will return to the traditional house on stilts of our friendly Thai hosts for dinner and overnight.

Note: Our accommodation tonight will be provided by a local family in their traditional house-on-silts. There will be no private room and we will sleep on the floor on a large communal area. The sleeping corner is set up with a single mattress (thin, but adequate), blankets (ditto), pillow and mosquito net. The restroom is at international standard and a few steps from the main house.

Mai Chau - Hanoi

Day 2 Mai Chau - Hanoi

Meal: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: not included

After breakfast with a view, we can wander around to have a glimpse about the daily life of local people. Most of them are specialized in weaving brocade products and they are usually more than happy to show their skills to their visitors. The village works as a community cooperative organized by the people themselves – one of many reasons why Handspan is proud to bringour travellers here.

We will be able to keep on exploring the surroundings till lunch time and in the afternoon, we will return to Hanoi with a new perspective about the rural life in Vietnam and bringing with us some fantastic memories.

Price per person based on a group tour

Group Size Price per person
2 pax USD 139 [vnd 3232 300]

* Prices valid till December 2019 for the ready-to-book adventure outlined on this detailed program. 

* Fixed prices in USD. Prices in VND are subject to currency fluctuations upon making the trip reservation.

* Special prices for groups of more than 2 people, children and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina by contacting us at info@handspan.com.

* A private trip for a solo traveller is also available with a surcharge.


  • Accommodation as mentioned on the program. 
  • Meals as specified on the program. 
  • Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver.
  • Bicycle in Mai Chau.
  • The services of an experienced English-speaking guide.
  • All entrance fees.
  • VAT and other taxes.

No included

  • Accommodation in Hanoi.
  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Surcharge for peak season.

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