Mai Chau is only four hours away from bustling Hanoi but feels like another world. The small town of Mai Chau itself is nothing special, but nearby are Thai villages surrounded by lush paddy fields. There’s hardly any traffic, and the rural soundtrack is comprised of gurgling streams and birdsong. The villagers are mostly White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China. Most no longer wear traditional dress, but the Thai women are masterful weavers producing plenty of traditional-style clothing and souvenirs. Locals do not use heavy sales tactics here: polite bargaining is the norm. If you’re looking for hard-core exploration, this is not the place, but for biking, hiking and relaxation, Mai Chau fits the bill nicely, and it is one of our locations where you can help build and make a lasting difference.
Ways you can help in Mai Chau
Mai Chau, with its ethnic tribes, is a fascinating, enchanting region. However, it is one of the lowest income areas, and economic development is low, as are education levels. In consultation with communities in Mai Chau, we have identified education as the major area of need, and you can help building a library or a […]
Accommodation in Mai Chau
In a divine location, set amongst paddy fields as far you can see the Mai Chau valley is a refuge from the congestion of Hanoi’s hectic streets. Mai Chau lodge offers a good standard of facilities, including a pool and sauna (very welcome after a day’s walking, cycling or volunteering!) as well as a lakeside restaurant serving excellent Vietnamese food. […]