Here are some of the top frequently asked Mai Chau local insider tips which help you start to plan your travel to Mai Chau. These tips below will give you a good overview of the main issues you’ll face planning your trip and teach you how to find good deals before coming to Mai Chau Vietnam.
Tip 1 : Safety and heath in Mai Chau
Mai Chau is very safe for travellers. The only real hazard in this part of the world is your own misfortune. Take care when cycling – even on quiet lanes – and don’t push yourself too hard when trekking. Stay hydrated too.
Local medical facilities are very basic. You’ll need to return to Hanoi for serious medical issue.
Tip 2 : Best way to get to Mai Chau from Hanoi
For budget travellers : Public buses are the best choice for budget traveller to get to Mai Chau, which is available at both My Dinh and Yen Nghia bus station. There is a varieties in term of timetable. It costs about $5. There is an addtional cost for taking taxi from Hanoi Old Quarter to these bus stations, $5 for My Dinh bus station and $8 for Yen Nghia bus station.
Duration : 4 hours
For those who like the comfort : Tourist bus available with Mai Chau sunrise resort and Mai Chau shuttle bus or Moc Chau express. It costs about $8 to $10, departs from Old Quarter but it sometimes fully booked. They do stop at a local market as a rest stop where you may want to taste some local cuisines, or at the flag pole where you are able to see the panoramic view of Mai Chau valley
Duration : 3.5 hours
How to book : Ask a travel agents or the accommodation where you are staying to arrange it for you.
Tip 3 : Accommodation in Mai Chau
Homestay : Its facilities are basic : no air-conditioning, western toilet and hot shower. Some homestays don’t have hot showers. Private rooms are available in a couple of homestays in Mai Chau. It’s better to stay in Lac 2 village. It’s such a quite place. Lac 1 village is a bit noisy and touristy. The most luxury accommodation in Mai Chau is Mai Chau Eco lodge.
Tip 4 : Eat & Drink
Drinks are available at the homestay : beer, coca- cola, water or at the store. ” Can” wine is a speciality. Meals are available at the homestay. You’d better order food with homestay owner. There’s no menu. classic country cuisine is served up from a fixed menu for lunch and dinner. The food is simple but great. Vegetarians should be inform before your arrival.
Tip 5 : What to do
Go cycling, walk around the village or take a trek. On the other hand, you can visit Thai ethnic museum, see 1000 steps cave and Mai Chau market. Especially, enjoy Thai ethnic traditional dance. It’s absolutely great to have a local guide around as well when you’re trekking. They are able to help you understand what you’re seeing.
Tip 6 : ATMs or Money exchange
There’s one ATM available in Mai Chau town but you’d better bring cash on you. We suggest you should bring Vietnam Dong so that it’s easy to spend. You can budget approximately $60.
There is a local bank “Agribank” offer money exchange service. Please note that working hours are from 8.00am to 5.00pm and the bill should be in a good condition.
Tip 7 : Internet connection in Mai Chau
Internet access is available in most of villages and homestay . If not, You can use 4G network with a Vietnamese simcard to access internet (Vina Phone seems to be the best company for 4G network)
Tip 8 : Stores
There are some store about 1.5 kilometers from the village, you can get there by bicycle or on foot to buy toothbrush, toothpaste….and market is about 2.5 kilometers from the village.
Tip 9 : Support
Most of homestay owner have a basic spoken English but are able to understand you.
If you would like to see remote areas or off the beaten track, let’s book a guided trekking tour arranged by your accommodation.
Tip 10 : What to bring
Passport, change of clothes, sun-glasses & hat, suncream, sun-block, insect repellent, flashlights, good shoes, personal first aid kit & medicines, VND for personal expenses.
Tip 11 : Best time to travel
September, Octorber, November , early December, late March and April.
Middle of June and Octorber is the best time to see rice harvest season in Mai Chau
Hope you guys with have a great time in Mai Chau by reading those Mai Chau local insider tips