Blogs from Mai Chau, Hoa Binh, Northwest, Vietnam, Asia


Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau November 6th 2019

Mai Chau dalen en langstrakt dal hvor der bor flere af de i alt 54 forskellige etniske minoriteter. For at få et indtryk af de forskellige minoriteter besøgte vi flere familier og blev inviteret ind og se deres beboelse. Husene var bygget på pæle da der i flere tilfælde har været oversvømmelse i dalen. Denne byggestil er blevet udviklet over mange hundrede år og bruges af flere forskellige minoriteter. Første besøg var en frokost hos en Hvid Thai familie. Efter frokosten fik vi lov til at gå op på første sal for at se deres beboelse. Den består en sove afdeling og et familie alter og et skab med TV og familiens få egendele. Efter besøget gik vi en smuk tur langs rismarkerne hvor man er i gang med at afslutte høsten og vandbøflerne for lov ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau April 18th 2017

We left Hanoi for the four hour drive to Mai Chau on a small tourist bus, US$18 a seat, and it was not the most comfortable trip as the seats were small, made for tiny Asian frames. And they are small people. Even in today's modern world with different eating habits and more money they all are lovely and slim. The rest of the passengers were young backpackers on a two day tour to the region - as usual they slept all the way or fiddled with their phones. Not that there was a lot to see for the first couple of hours as we were just driving along the main highway. The Mai Chau valley is 135 klms from Hanoi and is renowned for its' stilt houses and rice fields. The small town of Mai ... read more
The lovely hills surrounding Mai Chau
One of the tiny roads between villages.
Colourful floral and embroidered apron squares

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau November 17th 2013

And so a few more weeks into my Hanoi Holiday and I've found the time and energy away from my vietnamese classes on the weekdays to embark on another provincial escapade during the weekend. Last time round i headed south towards Ninh Binh, so this time round I decided to head west towards Mai Chau.Now although I'd never been there before, thinking about the destination brings back some memories because I still remember looking at the map and wondering whether I could go there en route during the Lao-Vietnam border crossing I did late last year, from Vieng Xai to Na Meo. That was a painful, near 10h bus ride through the winding highlands, all the way to Thanh Hoa, Unfortunately, the detour to Mai Chau was not possible, or at least not on the bus ... read more
Pom Coong Village
Old Vietnamese Banknotes
Mai Chau Market

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau September 14th 2013

Moc Chau Während wir auf Jan's Visa warteten, packten wir die nötigsten Sachen für einen 2 Wöchigen Ausflug und liessen den Rest bei Hang und Sa stehen. Auf dem Weg Richtung Moc Chau genossen wir die schöne Landschaft mit Reisfeldern, Bergen/Hügel und die verschiedene Einheimischen. Wir haben in Vietnam bereits so viele Zuckerrohrdrinks getrunken und nun haben wir zum 1. Mal die Pflanzen selbst gesehen. Wir waren uns nicht einmal sicher, bis wir die Verkäuferin gefragt haben. Man muss das Zuckerrohr zuerst schälen, bevor man es benutzen kann. Wir haben ein ganzes Zuckerrohr für 10000d gekauft. Die Verkäuferin schnitt es in kleine Stücke für uns, damit wir einfach den Saft heraus kauen können. Auch sahen wir, dass sehr junge Kinder (ca. 6 oder 7) schon die Büffelherde bewachen. Ganz kleine Kindern werden in einem Korb hinter ... read more
Blick auf unseren Weg
Jan geniesst die Aussicht
Mai Chau von oben

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau December 19th 2012

From December 16 through the 19, Scott and I decided to venture slightly south to the small village of Mai Chau rather than spend a few more days in Hanoi waiting for our Christmas excursion to Sapa. We called ahead and booked 3 nights at a traditional homestay with stilt houses and bungalows, located a little off the beaten path from Mai Chau's "city center" - basically a few shops, street-food restaurants and a gas station. We planned our journey, intending to take an 8:00 a.m. public bus, but, after taking a taxi all the way across town and arriving at the bus station, we were informed that the bus had left earlier than we thought, and the next one wasn't leaving until 1:30 p.m. Great. With no other choice aside from camping out in the ... read more
Stilt house/ common area
Water lilies

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau March 15th 2011

Wednesday 2nd March We are off to Mai Chau which is a district of Hoa Binh Province in the northwestern region of Vietnam. The district is located at about 160 km from Ha Noi. We are picked up by a 4x4 outside the hostel and already theres a Canadian lady and her daughter sitting tightly in the back two seats. We are now sitting in the middle with the tour guide and the front two seat are occupied by the driver and co driver who's role is still unclear even to this day! This is going to be a rough ride and its not long before we're hurtling down the bumpy highways towards our village in the mountains. Two hours later at the halfway mark has us at a grim roadside cafe where the toilets were ... read more
Mai Chau Valley
Mai Chau Valley
Mai Chau town

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau June 1st 2010

The more I am discovering this country, the more I am curious, the more i'm learning, the more i'm loving it! We went on a motorbike trekking for 4 days. Itinerary: Hanoi to Tam Dao, Tam Dao to Mai Chau via Hanoi, Mai Chau to Cuc Phuong and Cuc Phuong back to Hanoi on Tuesday. The stops: 3 Hours on the road: approximatly 15 hours, Kilometres approximatly 400km We left Hanoi on saturday at 9am for our first destination, Tam Dao, 80 km up to the Northeast of Hanoi. Manu and I on a motorbike and Adelaide on the other. and a guy called Nicky, an english lad, who plays with the Roots on a third motorbike. There was a football game between the local team (Tam Dao team I suppose) and an expat team called ... read more
At the Green Mango
Tam Dao
Froggy Tam Dao

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau April 9th 2010

The morning after arriving back in Hanoi from Halong bay, it was battlestations again for our trip to rural location Mai Chau, 150km southwest of Hanoi. We'd left Birgit in charge or organising this and she did a great job booking us down there in a 4WD vehicle complete with English-speaking guide and accommodation in the White Thai village area. Things didn't start so well when the guide failed to pick us up on time, but after Birgit put on her teacher-voice at the tour company headquarters things were underway. We arrived in Mai Chau and were really pleased to find we'd be staying in a Thai style stilt house, the likes of which we'd seen at a museum in Hanoi. Lukas and Phoebe were thrilled and set about stick-fighting immediately on the thin bamboo floors, ... read more
Rice paddies
Two Pesky Puppies
Offal Anyone?

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau September 3rd 2009

Today was another great day weatherwise. With the skies being a bit overcast it cools down things a few degrees which helps so much. We stayed in Phu yen last night. For dinner last night we wanted to try something a bit different so we had Vietnamese food again of course. For the first part of the day we were on some back roads which I enjoy. Because we are getting closer to Hanoi though we are coming more and more into civilization. The towns are getting larger and their is more people and traffic. At about 11am we hit the main road, which is 2 lanes and has a lot more traffic on it. We headed to Moc chau. As we begin to pull into the town I was struck by the number of motorcycles ... read more
The road is so bad its gone
Where Rambo was held hostage
Heading into town

Asia » Vietnam » Northwest » Hoa Binh » Mai Chau November 20th 2008

Le retour sur Hanoi s'est effectue par le train de nuit depuis Lao cai (ville frontiere avec la Chine). L'arrivee dans la capitale a lieu au petit matin (5 heures!) et nous fumes reveilles par des chants patriotiques diffuses par un haut parleur bien chevrotant. Bref, le jour se levait a peine et la ville s'animait : motos petaradantes, sonnettes en tout genre, bref l'animation qui, la nuit s'estompe, reprenait de plus belle. Le passage fut bref puisqu'a 9 heures, nous reprenions la route vers Mai Chau situe un peu plus a l'ouest de Hanoi, 130 kilometres environ soit plus de 4 heures de route. Nous avions un guide a l'anglais plus que rudimentaire et un chauffeur ne parlant que le vietnamien...nous etions donc entre nous !!!! Quitter Hanoi en voiture est une chose extraordinaire. Un ... read more
Maison sur pilotis
Activites dans les rizieres

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