Here are some of the top frequently asked Mai Chau travel 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 : How to get there
Public bus at 8.00 am in My Dinh bus station. It costs about $6. Tourist bus available with Mai Chau river resort. It costs about $16, departs from Old Quarter but it sometimes fully booked.
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. 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 lodge.
Tip 4 : How to get there
Mai Chau, located in Hoa Binh province, some 140km from Hanoi. For transportation, public bus at 8.00 in My Dinh bus station. It costs about $6. Tourist bus available with Mai Chau river resort. It costs about $16, departs from Old Quarter but it sometimes fully booked. It takes about 4 hours from Hanoi to get there.
Tip 5 : 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 6 : 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 7 : ATMs
There’s no ATM available, please bring cash on you. We suggest you should bring Vietnam Dong so that it’s easy to spend. You can budget approximately $60.
Tip 8 : Internet connection in Mai Chau
Internet access is available in Lac 1 village (not in Lac 2 village) . If not, You can use 3G network with a Vietnamese simcard to acess internet.
Tip 9 : 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 10 : Support
Most of homestay owner have a basic spoken English but are able to understand you.
Tip 11 : 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 12 : Best time to travel
September, Octorber, November and early December.
Hope you guys with have a great time in Mai Chau by reading those Mai Chau travel tips