White Thai ethnic minority: The White Thai have occupied Mai Chau valley for several hundred years, members of the large Thai -Tay language group scattered throughout Southeast Asia. Most Mai Chau village residents are from the White Tai ethnic group and live in stilt houses. Beneath the stilt houses, families keep their livestock and their looms.

Traditional house on stilt: As well as being somewhere to eat, entertain and sleep, a stilt house is where a family worships its ancestors and works at tasks like weaving and embroidery. The most important room is the kitchen, which is usually set in the center of the house and serves as a meeting place where the family gathers at the end of the day. Stilt houses are made from wood, bamboo, cane, or rattan. A traditional stilt house typically has an area for drying rice, set one or two steps below the main level. The area under the house is either unused or used as a pen for livestock.

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Thai ethnic

Mai Chau is a mountainous district of Hoa Binh province in the northwestern region of Vietnam, approximately 135 km from Hanoi. Mai Chau is well known for stilt houses, green valley. The two tribes, White Thai and Black Thai, settled in the same area and make up the largest ethnic population of the region.

Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau, Cycling (L, D)
07:45 - 08:15 Pick up at your hotel in the Old Quarter 
10:00 - Short break.
11:30 - 12:00 Scenic photo stop of Mai Chau Valley/arrive in Mai Chau.
12:15 - Having traditional lunch in local village (vegetarian available).
13:00 - 15:00 Bicycle ride with local tour guide, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages.
15:00 - 18:00 Free time for bicycling, walking, shopping.
18:00 - We visit Thai living museum and have dinner.
19:30 - Enjoy Thai traditional dance in the stilt house and Traditional alcohol (ruou Can) with the community.
            Overnight in Ban Lac Village in Mai Chau Valley. 

Day 2: Mai Chau - Hanoi (B, L)
07:30 - 08:00 Have breakfast.
08:30 - 11:30 Hike to 1000 Step Cave and local market.
12:15 - 15:00 Lunch and free time to relax before getting on the van to Hanoi.
18:30 -19:00 Drop you off at your hotel. 


Type Description Normal price Single
standard Communal Dorm 65.00  
superior Private communal Dorm 75.00 20.00

* Standard Tour: Accommodation at local stilt house
* Superior Tour: Accommodation at local stilt house but Private room

Tour cost included

- A/C transportation.
- English speaking tour Guide.
- Entrance ticket.
- Meals as indicated: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
- Bicycle.
- Homestay in Lac village.

Tour cost excluded

Tour excluded:
- Personal fee (ex: Drinks, Souvenirs)
- Travel insurance
- Tips 

* Children rates:
Free of charge for children less than 4 years sharing bed with parents.
Surcharge 50% rate of adult for children (5-11 years) sharing bed with parents.
Over 11 years is charged as adult’s rate.

* The itinerary can be changed due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions.
* Special request (diet or vegetarian,..) should be sent before your departure date.

Departure city Hanoi

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