Mai Chau is one of the closest places to Hanoi where you can experience a real rural life of a mountainous village. Other attractions here include staying overnight in one of the Thai stilt houses, walking through the beautiful valley through the rice fields and trekking to minority villages. A typical trek further covers 7km to 8km.
There is a popular 18 km trek from Lac village (Ban Lac) in Mai Chau to Xa Linh village, near a mountain pass (elevation 1000m) on Highway 6. Lac village is home to the White Thai people, while the inhabitants of Xa Linh are H’momg. The trek is quite strenuous to undertake in a day, so most people spend the night in a village along the way. Arrange a local guide and a car to meet you at the mountain pass for the journey back to Mai Chau. Be warned that there is a 600m climb in altitude and the trail can be slippery in the rain.Longer treks of three or four days are possible. Further more, if travelers with to have a more adventurous trip, they can extend the trip to Pu Luong National reserve, just a neighbor of Mai Chau and then to Cuc Phuong National park, making it a ecological triangle tour. It can be a biking tour (3-4 days) between Mai Chau and Ninh Binh or a super trek tour up to 5, 6 or even 9 days around Mai Chau and Pu Luong.
Trekking is the most popular activity in Mai Chau, but there is also other way to discover this beautiful destination. Take a motor biking or cycling tour will surely leave unforgettable experience in your mind.