Mai Chau Travel Guide - Things you have to know
By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 1/5/2019
Located in the west of Hoa Binh, bordering Moc Chau district of Son La, Mai Chau valley is the top destination for many people who love the natural and cultural beauty of the ethnic minorities. This article - Mai Chau Travel Guide will provide you guys a general view of Mai Chau.
When is the best time to visit Mai Chau
Mai Chau is an appropriate destination in all seasons, you can refer to the beauty of the seasons of Mai Chau below:
November - February: In winter, the air is chilly, peach blossoms and white plum blossoms bloom in one corner of Mai Chau.
March - April: Cool and pleasant weather in the flowering season.
May - August: The climate is quite cool, no flowers but there are plums, peaches for you to pick. At the beginning of September, Independence Day attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists.
2. How to get to Mai Chau
Mai Chau is about 140km from Hanoi and from Ho Chi Minh City. Hoa Binh about 60km to the Northwest, to move to this highland district of Hoa Binh, you can choose the option of traveling by motorbike, or the option of taking a passenger car to Mai Chau.
From Hanoi to Mai Chau you can follow 2 routes:
- Route 1: Center of Hanoi - Nguyen Trai - Ba La (Ha Dong) - Xuan Mai - QL6 - Thung Khe Pass - Nga Ba Tong Dau - Mai Chau
- Route 2: Center of Hanoi - Tran Duy Hung - Thang Long Boulevard - Xuan Mai - NH6 - Pass Thung Khe - Nga Ba Tong Dau - Mai Chau
From Hanoi, tourists can take a car at My Dinh and Giap Bat bus stations (with the ticket price of 100,000 - 120,000) to Toong Dau intersection and then take a motorbike taxi to the town about 5km away.
Mai Chau town is quite small, so you can rent a bicycle to walk around the villages, not necessarily using a motorbike, at most stilt houses in Lac village, there is bicycle rental service
3. Top attractions must visit in Mai Chau
Thung Khe Pass
Located on National Road No. 6, Hoa Binh province, Thung Khe mountain pass, has a height of about 1,000 meters above sea level. Here visitors can enjoy the rustic dishes on the roadside such as boiled corn, boiled sugarcane, sesame green rice, ... Moreover, from the top of Thung Khe, you can zoom in to see the entire valley. valley at the foot of the pass, is known as one of the most beautiful places to admire Hoa Binh province.
Lac village is over 700 years old, the people of Lac village are mainly black Thai people who lived in this life and died other than the cultivation of upland rice and brocade weaving. This place is a gift of the mountains for those who love the peace and quiet to join in the green space of Hoa Binh mountains.
Currently, Lac Village has nearly 30 spacious and airy homestay motels to serve services to serve the needs of tourists. Stilt houses in Lac village are tall, spacious and clean, keeping the ancient architecture. Inside each service house is fully equipped with tidy, cushions, pillows neatly organized.
Trekking around the village, you will not see any act of inducing visitors or soliciting purchases. Items such as scarves, Thai dresses, lovely purses, bows, crossbows, bamboo flutes, buffalo gongs, gongs, horns and buffalo horn ... are on sale at the door, you can get to try to take photos without fear of being noticed or complaining, even if you do not buy nor upset the owner.
Pom Coong village
Like other villages of Muong and Thai people, people of Pom Coong village often live in places where rivers and streams are built, leaning against hills and mountains, in front of the house is usually a vast field.
The attractive point of Pom Coong in tourism is that the space is very clean, from clean water sources, water works, toilets are organized to make visitors feel fresh and safe. Besides, waste here is sorted, stored in bins and will be treated. Therefore, coming here, you will feel the purity of heaven and earth and the peace of life.
Mo Luong cave
Located in the Pu Pa mountain range system of Mai Chau town, about 2 km from Lac village. Mo Luong Cave is an ideal tourist destination for those who love to explore and find strange feelings when coming to Mai Chau. Mo Luong cave also has another name given by the Thai White people named Bo Luong. Bo Luong means big water field.
Mo Luong cave consists of 4 main caves, famous for its stalactite system, which creates many unique shapes. During the anti-French resistance war, this place used to be a meeting place for our army and people. After finishing the exploration of Mo Luong cave, at the last cave, visitors will admire an underground stream flowing to a nearby lake.
Chieu Cave is located on the top of the Pu Pa limestone mountain range. The name Chieu Cave was given to the people of Mai Chau, because when the sun comes in the afternoon, the sunlight shines straight into the cave, the rays add to the splendor of the stalactite, creating a beautiful scene like a place to hold. hybrid.
The dimensional cave is quite wide, divided into two floors, the cave bed is relatively flat and airy. Inside the cave is the whole shimmering and fanciful stalactite forest. Stalactites are found on all sides, from the left to the right, and from the vaulted ceiling with vivid looks. The deeper you go into the cave, the more you will be really surprised at the splendid and magnificent beauty of the stalactite forest blooming. All are in harmony, creating the scenery of the majestic picture that nature bestowed on Mai Chau.
Pa Co Market
Pa Co Market is about 40km far from Mai Chau town to the North, between the centers of 3 communes Hang Kia,
Pa Co (Mai Chau) and Looong Luong (Moc Chau, Son La). Pa Co fair is only held on Sunday every week, when the fog is still spread all over the forest, all over the mountain, the people of H’Mong in Mai Chau upland eagerly come to the market. The upland fair here is not only a place to buy, sell and exchange goods but also to meet and exchange of people in highland areas.
Pa Co market, although taking place once a week, is busy and bustling like festivals and Tet markets below. The market sells everything, here visitors will be "overwhelmed" by a range of products from agricultural products, livestock, cloth, brocade, farm tools to even household appliances, electronics, music discs. , cosmetics…
4. The best cuisine travelers must try when visiting Mai Chau
The first and perhaps the most famous dish of Mai Chau is the blue rice dish. This dish is not too picky with young cork tubes, filled with rice and baked on the fire, served with sesame salt, grilled pork ... However, processing this dish requires ingenuity and meticulousness. Rice is an important ingredient, when cooking lam rice, people choose typical rice of the mountains, small seeds, oblong, aromatic aroma.
Coming to Mai Chau, enjoying the sticky rice made by Thai women can feel all the deliciousness. Thai people always choose sticky rice to make sticky rice. It is the kind of sticky Thai grown on terraced fields in Mai Chau valley.
Glutinous rice is soaked for hours before softening. The Thai woman does not cook sticky rice with a pot, steamed like a Kinh but put sticky rice in a wooden stick. Cook the rice by steam, not cook it. The processing is very fussy and requires dexterity. After having a great fragrance, take away the sticky rice, put in a basket. However, this time the rice is not ripe. Stir the sticky rice in the basket for a while, then put in the wooden basket and continue to cook until the rice is done. The upland sticky rice seeds are now ripe, trapped and the smell is raining into the nose of customers.
Muong pigs, also known as armpits, piglets, "young" pigs, etc. are pigs with long body, pointed snout, small ears, thin legs, long and hard fur, raised under natural conditions, grazing In the forest, only plants, grass, not industrial foods should be firm, lean, lean, delicious and naturally sweet when eaten.
This is one of the dishes of the highland flavor, an indispensable specialty in the feast of the Northwest mountainous people
Chickens are raised in the garden, on hills, in forests and raised naturally. Anyone who has eaten the original Mai Chau chicken can not forget its special delicious taste. Extremely delicious meat typical that no other chicken has. To enjoy the most delicious chicken, just boil it until it is time, the chicken is still firm and crispy, dipped with salt and chili mixed with lemon leaves, the sweet boiled water is served with hot rice.
Local water’s leaves
A special kind of drinking water in Mai Chau, made from an existing forest leaf. After being broken, the leaves are dried and chopped, after cooking on the water, the leaves are acrid, acrid, with the smell of Chinese medicine, herbal medicine and the faint smell of forest leaves. Drinking water of buoy leaves is very good.