The 3-day trekking adventure to Mai Chau and Pu Luong

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Duration : 3 Days
Availability : Everyday
Type : Private
Max People : 10

This three-day adventure in the Mai Chau and Pu Luong area gives you time to explore the natural beauty of the area and meet the local Thai people, taking the time to get to know about their lives out here, in these remote and rural areas.


Mai Chau

The idyllic, rural valley of Mai Chau is just 150km from Hanoi but feels like a completely different world. Fields and rice paddies sprawl out across the vista, and the mountains fade sleepily into the horizon.The only soundtrack here is that of nature, the delicate birdsong, the mumbles of the buffaloes, the squawk of the chickens, and the children playing freely in the fields. Although Mai Chau has become an increasingly popular tourist destination, it has retained its welcoming and laidback ambience.

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Pu Luong Nature Reserve

A short journey from Mai Chau is Pu Luong Nature Reserve. This beautifully preserved area comprises of rich, primary tropical rainforest, limestone peaks and fertile agricultural land. It is a fantastic place to explore the wilderness of the Vietnamese countryside or stop to meet the locals and bond over a refreshing cup of tea. The stunning scenery is best experienced on foot or by bicycle which can be rented easily from one of the villages.  

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Day 1: Ha Noi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong (L, D)

Your tour guide will collect you from your hotel in Hanoi to begin the drive to Mai Chau with spectacular views around every bend. Upon arrival at Pom Coong village in Mai Chau, you can take a short walk to visit the Thai people in the village before having lunch in a local home. After lunch, you will start trekking through the lush forests of Pu Luong Nature Reserve. In the evening you can discover more about the everyday life and culture of the White Thai people as you have dinner and spend the night with a local family in a traditional wooden stilt house.

Day 2: Pu Luong trekking (B, L, D)

Today, if you rise early, you can enjoy the sun rising up from behind the mountains and shining down on the farmers as they begin another day of hard graft in the fields. If you like, you can even join the farmers in their morning activities to get a real feel for life in rural Vietnam. After having breakfast with the Thai people, you will begin a 5- 6-hour trek. The first stretch is hard with some steep climbs and some stream crossings, but it is worth as it the next stretch has glorious views of the valley, rice terraces, rich rainforests and streams. You will stop for a picnic lunch on the way at Eo Ken Village. The trek will lead you to Kho Muong which is possibly the most beautiful village in Vietnam. You can stroll around the village and join the villagers as they go about their daily lives, or relax in one of the three eco homestays set up by FFI (Flora and Fauna International) in conjunction with the local villages. You will have time to drink in the tranquil ambience of Kho Muong and socialise with the friendly locals as you spend the night in the village in traditional Thai style eco – stilt house.

Day 3: Kho Muong - Mai Chau - Transfer back to Ha Noi (B, L)

Today you will trek for another 5-6 hours, starting with a nice easy stretch, giving you the chance to relax and connect with your surroundings. You will take short rest in Eo Ken Village and then continue trekking with some steep climbs to tackle and yet more streams to cross. Again, this will open up into fantastic views of the valley below. You will then return to Hang Village. You can take some time to rest before getting back to the main road where the driver will be waiting to collect you. You will then drive back to Mai Chau for a late lunch. After lunch, you will have a little more time to rest or walk around the village before departing for Hanoi. You will arrive back in Hanoi at your hotel in the late afternoon.



310$ US per traveler for a private group of 2. This price covers almost everything only except your personal expenses & beverage. There is absolutely no extra charge after confirmation.

Discount for larger group is available .

If you want to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation, simply let us know in the inquiry form on the right. The price will be calculated depend on your group size

+ All transfer & transportation
+ Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
+ Experienced English speaking guide
+ Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets & entrances fees

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Damon W

Family Traveller

We had a three day tour from Hanoi to Mai Châu with Huy from Terrible Tour Guide Travel.

Travel to and from Mai Châu in an airconditioned van with wifi (important for the kids at least).

A two hour cycling tour of local paths one day was fabulous. Tailored to your own pace and riding ability.

The next day we did an amazing trek/hike up and out of the valley and through a few local villages.

Highly recommended and the terrible tour guide was anything but terrible. He was great.

January 4, 2018

Jenny A

Family Traveller

I had been Mai Chau last week . It was a memorable trip. My sons loved to trek in here. They were so excited .We explored Mai Chau valleys and some villages.Although the weather was cold a bit but we felt comfortable. My guide was so cute and she spoke english well. She was a friendly and helpful person.Thank you.

December 4, 2017

Mark J

Group Traveller

I did the 2 day trek version with overnight homestay with a local family was ,awesome. I was invited to have dinner with the family went on a bike ride and hike to another village the next morning.IT was soo quiet after a few days in Hanoi, I went thru Intrepid tours the guide was great very informative the scenery is incredible the ppl sooo friendly.

August 4, 2017

Dianne P

Group Traveller

I did an overnight tour to Mai Chau. One of the most enjoyable tours I have ever done. Ride up was pretty standard, beautiful country so try and stay awake. Watch the rest stop – 2 bananas for 20,000 dong whereas in Mai Chau you can get a whole hand for this. Closer to Mai Chau is a photo stop at a market overlooking the valley. Beautiful view. Mix with the locals and the cattle – all are friendly. Lunch awaited on arrival, before our bike ride. Perfect weather for our ride along bumpy country lanes amid the vivid green rice paddies. We helped local villages collect bugs by knocking them out of trees, wandered through the villages and looked at all the beautiful handicraft for sale. After dinner, we were entertained with traditional dancing. We stayed in a homestay with bungalows. originally we opted to sleep in the communal room but upgraded to a family room and so glad we did – with a private bathroom and a balcony that looked across a stream to the rice paddies and mountains beyond. Best bungalow in the place I think. Awoke in the early morn to a torrential storm which turned the little stream into a brown fast-moving bigger stream that washed away the bamboo raft. Not lost, a couple of men came and retrieved it later. Next day was a walk through the village and up to the 1,000 steps cave for a view of the valley. unfortunately I chose not to do this and was taken on a walk to another non-tourist village. A pretty walk where we met some little boys very interested in us. A little shower or two but nothing to stop activities. Again, lunch awaited us before a rest and quiet time to mix with our fellow tourists before heading back to Hanoi

May 7, 2017
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