NB07: Mai Chau Valley - 3 Day/ 2 Night

If you have 3 days to spare in Ninh Binh and the urge to escape to greener pastures, try the Mai Chau Valley in Hoa Binh province

Located just 135 km northwest of Ninh Binh, Mai Chau valley has spectacular moutainous landscape dotted with house-on-stilts villages of the Thai ethnic group. If you like to discover life and culture of ethnic people, you can book a trekking tour through numberous villages, and spend two nights in a local H`mong and Thai`s and escort with a tour guide who knows well about the area.

Tour itinerary:


Day 1: Ninh Binh - Hang Kia village: From H`mong village of Sa Linh, the starting point of 2 hours uphill trek to Hang Kia, visit the local exchange stalls to see how the people of this isolated village both do the selling and purchasing activities and make their living. Stay overnight in a H`mong family. (Trekking Distance: 8 km/2hours).


Day 2 : Hang Kia- Van village: Bidding farewell to the family after breakfast, take one-hour uphill trek before descending to Mai Chau valley to the Van village of the Thai. Arriving in early afternoon, you can take some rest before wandering around the scenic valley for photos opportunities. Stay overnight in the Thai house-on-stilts to chat with the host who are exceptionally hospitable, would be interesting as you can know more about the life and culture of the ethnic minority people.(Trekking Distance: 14 km/4 - 6hours).

Day 3 : Van-Sam Khoe-Ninh Binh: Take an easy walk for 2 hours to Sam Khoe, where you will be picked up by a van. Drive back to Lac village and have an hour wandering about the village before lunch. In the afternoon, drive back to Ninh Binh. Along the way, make a stop to see the biggest hydropower dam in Vietnam . Arrive in Ninh Binh around 5.30pm.


Trekking: The trekking trails traverse villages of Thai and H`mong minorities in Mai Chau valley offers a unique insight into life in remote hill-tribe settlement and numerous spectacular view.

Homestay at H`mong family and the Thai`s stilts-house: It is so fascinating to discover the ethnic people`s life-style by yourself while living in their hom,e, enjoying their festival of welcoming guests: dancing “xoe”- the graceful and traditional dance of the Thai`s Women and their sweet songs, drinking rice wine of H`mong as well. 

What to bring: Camera, Spare film, Change of clothes, Hat, Sunblock, Raincoat, Torches, Comfortable trekking shoes.

Included in price: Entry fees, Local Tour Guide, Breakfast, Meals, Hotel/ Hostel Pickup, Tips/ Gratuities, Accommodation/ Homestay, Private car.

Prices (USD):

Private Group


Private car

1 person

155$/ pax

260$/ pax

2 persons

120$/ pax

180$/ pax

3-4 persons

105$/ pax

150$/ pax

6-8 persons

99$/ pax

144$/ pax

8-16 persons

96$/ pax

135$/ pax