Highlights
  • Experience rural Thai life in the mountains of Mai Chau with a homestay – get to know friendly locals, enjoy home cooked meals, and maybe pitch in with preparing dinner
  • Saddle up for a bike trip through stunning hillside villages and discover local life in the area
  • The lush panorama of the stunning Mai Chau valley is a photographer’s dream, just begging to be explored
  • Hike through rarely visited parts of a region that’s home to the minority White Thai group, and learn about their culture and customs

Escape the beeping horns and bustling bikes of Hanoi by venturing out into the serene Mai Chau region. Make the acquaintance of curious locals and learn about their lifestyle and culture over a traditional lunch. Snack on weird and wonderful delicacies, and discover a slice of rural paradise while cycling through remote villages and along paths that border spectacular rice paddies. After the sun sets on an action-packed day, fall asleep in a village homestay before waking up early to see this stunning region bathed in morning sunlight. Then, with batteries fully recharged, wave goodbye to new friends and make tracks back to the enigmatic Vietnamese capital.

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My husband and I traveled along the coast of Vietnam with Intrepid. This trip is one of the highlights of my life - we were able to authentically experience the different cities and towns, the food, the culture, and the beauty of Vietnam. Through Intrepid, we were able to get access to off-the-beaten path places, such as taking a 3 hr moped tour through the Vietnamese countryside not accessible by car or bus. Lodging was basic and clean, a great value for travelers on a budget, however if you are looking to be pampered, this is not the tour package for you. The highlight of this trip was our tour guide, Sonny. He was so knowledgeable and passionate about showing us his home land. We got along so well with the other travelers on our trip from the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - five years later, we are still in touch!
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My husband and I have travelled with Intrepid in Vietnam many years ago and it was a great trip. We wanted our children to have the same experience - full of planes, trains and automobiles and getting a taste for the delightful and sometimes quirky country that is Vietnam. We were not disappointed and everyone had a great time. After this 'experiment' I also discovered my children are adventurous, resilient little travellers, so we would definitely travel with Intrepid again in the future.
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Our guide, Quan, was awesome and luckily October 2015

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Our guide, Quan, was awesome and luckily the group all got along well. Activities were great and everything went so smoothly - just what is needed when travelling with a 7 year old.

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Our guide Phuong was awesome. I was October 2015

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Our guide Phuong was awesome. I was happy with everything he recommended for us from shops to food. He was very knowledgable and seemed to have the resources to help us with any issues. We had a good balance of free time and optional acivities. I felt safe with our guide and group at all times.
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Fun, adventurous, very well organised and executed. October 2015

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Itinerary

Day 1 Hanoi / Mai Chau

Xin chao! Welcome to Vietnam. Your Short Break Adventure starts around 8am from the joining point hotel, or from your alternate hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter (advised prior to departure), between 7.30am-8.30 am. Leave behind the hectic pace of life in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi and journey to the clean air of the mountainous Mai Chau valley (approximately 3 hours). There are great photo opportunities along the way – stop at a vantage point to take in the view of Mai Chau, home to a variety of minority groups with their own unique culture and languages. Along the way, there's also the opportunity to help local farmers plant rice seeds into the fields. Arrive in Mai Chau and head to the village of Pom Coong, where your local guide will introduce you to your hosts for lunch, and provide information on the region's people, their lifestyles, customs and culture. Lunch is a traditional affair with examples of local cuisine on offer. This is a great opportunity to experience the local area, chat with your hosts, and gain a real insight into life in this fascinating and picturesque region. After lunch, take some time to relax before saddling up for a cycle trip to nearby villages. This breath-taking ride takes you on small footpaths through the rice paddies of the spectacular Mai Chau Valley, where rising mountains form a ring around you. Riding through this majestic scenery, there are great photos to be taken and lots of chances to interact with the locals. Back at the homestay, relax with a cold drink while watching the sun set over the peaceful mountains. Alternatively, for the food lovers, why not help the landlady cook dinner! Notes: At the homestay you’ll sleep on mattresses in a communal room. Bedding and mosquito nets are provided. Shared toilet and bathroom facilities are basic.

Day 2 Mai Chau Trekking / Hanoi

After breakfast at the homestay, strap on the walking shoes and take to the hills on a trek along the traditional paths of the area. Visit villages of the White Thai people, exchanging smiles and learning about their everyday lives and customs from your local guide. The trek is approximately 3 hours in length and not overly strenuous, however a good solid pair of shoes is recommended as you will be walking on uneven trails and up and down hills. The scenery of this area is stunning so have cameras at the ready and, as there is no rush, there are plenty of opportunities to take a break, enjoy the pristine scenery, take some photos or just relax in a place where few outsiders venture. Return to the homestay for lunch, then it’s time to say farewell to your hosts and gorgeous Mau Chau and return to the vibrant streets of Hanoi around 5pm.

Dates & Pricing

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Price Per Day:

$ 210 per day
 
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Details
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 12
Accomodations
Homestay (1 nt)
Start City
Hanoi
End City
Hanoi
Guides The aim of our local guides is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. On this Short Break Adventure you will get to enjoy the variety of having someone different for each day and/or activity. They will be able to provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and, where possible, introduce you to our local friends. You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.
Additional Information:

Finish point

  • The Queen Hotel & Spa (formerly Indochina Queen II Hotel)
  • 67 Thuốc Bắc, Hàng Bồ,
  • Hoàn Kiếm
  • Hanoi
  • VIETNAM
  • Phone: +84 439233993

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