Tucked away in the Hòa Bình Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam, Mai Chau is truly a sight to behold. The beautiful valleys and lush rice paddies are seemingly untouched by modernization, making Mai Chau a must for anyone who is looking to tune into nature and explore tribal culture for a few days.
The native people to Mai Chau have an interesting story. Though there are about seven different ethnic groups living in Mai Chau, the “White Thai” account for most of the population. The people stay true to their traditional values and activities. During my time in Mai Chau, one of my favorite activities was watching some of the young girls from the village perform their traditional Xoe dance.
I opted for a home stay in Mai Chau. The amazing family provided us delicious home cooked meals and the generosity and kindness they displayed went unmatched. I will definitely return when I’m back in Vietnam. The tall, beautiful wooden house was settled between some of the most gorgeous scenery I will ever see in my life. Waking up to quiet bird songs and the soft wind blowing is something that I reminisce about frequently.
To make everything even more enchanting, I was reading Jurassic Park during this part of the trip. I had the greatest time imagining myself to be within the setting of the story. My home stay experience in Mai Chau was humbling, restorative and beyond anything I could have imagined. I highly recommend making the trip to Mai Chau should you find yourself in Hanoi, Vietnam or any of the surrounding towns!