Explore the hill villages of the Mai Chau region and meet friendly hilltribes

Escape the beeping horns and bustling bikes of Hanoi by venturing out into the serene Mai Chau region. Make the acquaintance of curious locals and learn about their lifestyle and culture over a traditional lunch. Snack on weird and wonderful delicacies, and discover a slice of rural paradise while cycling through remote villages and along paths that border spectacular rice paddies. After the sun sets on an action-packed day, fall asleep in a village homestay before waking up early to see this stunning region bathed in morning sunlight. Then, with batteries fully recharged, wave goodbye to new friends and make tracks back to the enigmatic Vietnamese capital.

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam
Short Breaks, Walking & Trekking
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
35kg pp per trip


  • Escape to the mountains near Mai Chau
  • Fill up on delicious Vietnamese treats
  • Spend time getting to know the friendly locals
  • Ride a bike through stunning hillside villages
  • Learn about customs of the White Thai minority group
  • Trek through pristine rural vistas


Feel cares melt away as the last of the whirring traffic and city sounds fade and the serene nature of Vietnam’s countryside envelops you. Startling green mountainsides, cascading patchwork rice paddies and picturesque houses and villages greet us at Mai Chau. Enjoy a delicious, traditional lunch with a local family and learn about the culture, customs and lifestyle of the people living in this region of Vietnam. After lunch, cycle through this breathtaking landscape visiting villages, riding past rice paddies and stopping to meet locals as they work in the fields or wander the paths. Return to the homestay in time to watch the sun sink behind the mountain, and perhaps help prepare the night’s meal or relax with a drink and wile away the hours.
After a scrumptious breakfast, strap on the walking shoes and take to the hills on a trek along the traditional paths of the area. Visit villages of the White Thai people, exchanging smiles and learning about their everyday lives and customs. The scenery of this area is stunning so have cameras at the ready and, as there is no rush, there is plenty of opportunity to stop and simply take in the wonder of this special part of Vietnam. Return to the homestay for lunch, then it’s time to say farewell to our hosts and gorgeous Mau Chau and return to the vibrant streets of Hanoi.
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1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Homestay (1 night)
Included activities
  • Guided biking tour


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Important notes

1. This Short Break Adventure starts at 8.00 – 8.30am on Day 1, and finishes at approximately 5.00pm on Day 2.
2. You will be picked up on Day 1 from the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary. Pick-up will take place between 8.00 – 8.30am in the hotel foyer.
3. If you require pick up from another hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.

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