Mai Chau Vietnam

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Mai Chau, Vietnam

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Mai Chau Vietnam travel reviews May 17, 2013
Trip report by David Nguyen

Have you stayed overnight in a homestay with the locals? I would like to introduce to you to Northwest of Vietnam. Itwas Mai Chau which was lovely the green mountain area, the rice paddies where all of the locals worked, very hard.

This is a diary of my trip to Mai Chau. I caught a motorbike taxi from home to bus station. From city centre, the bus picked up some more people. We was on national high way number 6th. From Hanoi to Hoa Binh, the road was quite good. Passing by Hoa Binh, we was driving up and down the mountain. Finally, after 3,5 hours we saw Mai Chau a small rural town known for its natural beauty.

I got off the bus at Mai Chau town. A couple of motor bike taxi driver invited me to Lac village with 20,000d. I just smiles and said “No thanks” to them. I made a phone call to a homestay’ s owner whom I would be staying with them in Lac 2 village. 10 mininutes later, I got a pick up to the village. I took a short rest before having lunch.

The first impression was warm hospitality from the local people by offering me some tea as well as a warm smile. The house I stayed in has several long tables with chairs beneath the rooms where I sat down together and had lunch with them. Our room had a bamboo slatted floor, our mattress was 1/2 an inch think, our pillow a small cushion but it did have a mosquito net for the bed .This is after all, a home stay. I was offer so much good food but I couldn’t eat them all. In the afternoon, It took me 2 hours to walk myself to some villages nearby.I saw a brick factory where people were working very hard, some children herding water buffalo which made me think of best memories in my child hood, people carrying woods on their shoulder basket, some tourists cycling along the path. My last visit was Lac 1 village one where I saw a lot of tranditional clothes on the side of the road.

Getting back to the house, I had a chat with local people. It was such an interesting chat we had. They told me how to recozgnized white Thai and Black Thai, how the locals built house on stilt and how responsible travel developed in Mai Chau. After having a shower, I had a nice dinner.

Then walking around, I saw Thuan Hoa humanity centre which is a small one with a few handicaps. I talked to ower of a centre who was the locals here. She said that she built this centre in order to creat job oppotunities for the disabled in Mai Chau. Most of the disabled were from poor families and couldn’t afford to live. They made tranditional clothes to be sold in Hanoi.She emphasized “the most difficult thing is to find customers. I travel to Hanoi every month to find companies who help us purchase these product. In recently, there is an NGOS from Japan set up a project to help our centre. They do marketing for us”. I took a look around her centre and her house as well. It was a nice house. I heard music somewhere so I asked her. She said that there would be tranditional dance in the house next door.

I was so excited so I said goodbye to her and thanked to her explaination. I went to other house to enjoy the performan which I really enjoyed it. They did a couple of styles from different ethnic groups. I was invited to join their dances together with other tourists in the house. At the end of the show, I drunk “Can” wine all togethers.

I slept very comfortablely at the best of times.

The next morning, I had a nice breaksfast of fresh eggs, fresh baguettes, sweet jam and coffee. After breakfast, I rided a bike to the local market> I saw meat, fish, vegetables, clothes everything was under this roof. My gosh it was sooo hot. The idea was to go before it was too hot but it was already really hot.

When we returned to the house I had farewell lunch with the locals, settle my drink bills before saying goodbye to them. I enjoyed our drive back by local bus through the country but we were really looking forward to some AC at home.

It was a lifetime experience. I went back to nature.

Travel tips : Staying in Lac 2 village which is very peaceful. Lac 1 village is a bit touristy and noisy.
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