Itinerary at a glance
Depart from your Hanoi hotel at 08.00 am transferring to Mai Chau. Daydream as we drive a safe route with spectacular views around every bend. Upon arrival at Poom Coom village in Mai Chau, we will take a short walk to visit the ethnic Thai people, then lunch will be served at a local home.
By 01.00 pm take a short ride (15 minutes) to the Ma river, where we will take a short boat trip then start a 2 to 3-hour walk through beautiful hillside villages, magnificent rice paddies, seeing handcrafted bamboo water wheels. The highlight on this walk is experiencing the beauty of Pu Luong Nature Reserve, the everyday life and culture of the white Thai people. Become a part of local life when we are welcomed as honored guests at a traditional Thai home on stilts.
At night, after dinner, you have free time to relax or take part in an interesting traditional show of songs & dances ( optional) happily performed by young locals. Watching the show, you can partly understand the local people’s lifestyle, customs & cultures. You can have a cultural exchange by singing, dancing with bamboo poles and drinking famous local pipe wine with them. Overnight in the homestay.
Awake early to enjoy the fresh air of the countryside, observe the morning life at a mountain village with lively sounds of pigs, chickens & cows. After breakfast, we do 1,5-hour drive to Don village in Pu Luong nature reserve. We will spend the whole morning trekking along with Don hamlet, then down to the beautiful valley of terraced rice fields & waterfall. Up to the hillside with wonderful captivation of surrounding villages and a vast valley. Our driver will pick you up on the other side of the mountain, then drive to Doan town. After a picnic lunch, we will have more trek of 6 km along the dirt trails with a peaceful view of waterwheels, streams & villages. Then we reach the area of Hieu waterfalls running day & night, where we will trek up to remote Hieu village – located on the high mountain slope, opens its immense view to multi-layered terraced fields, river & forest & waterfalls. We do a homestay with a friendly local host in Hieu village. Have time visiting their village, cooking with them, then enjoy authentic local foods. Spend a quiet night in Hieu hamlet.
After breakfast with locals, you will say good-bye to the poetic Hieu Hamlet. We will try an experience of local “Xe Om” (riding on motorbike) from the village to the meeting point for car transfer to Pho Doan Market, taking the chance to capture the hustle of the Northwest upland fair and then start 3 hour hiking trip on the off-the-beaten-path passing through the beautiful valley to reach Kho Muong village where you are welcomed by the hospitable and friendly Muong family and invited with some local specialties for a late lunch.
Take a short rest before leaving Kho Muong village to catch our car for a return to Hanoi in the afternoon. Our trip finishes before 19h30 at your hotel in Hanoi.
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