Mai Chau

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Mai Chau
Mai Chau

Mai Chau is a vision in every season. In spring, it is a lush, bright green while in autumn, just before the rice harvest, it turns golden. Nowadays, people should count themselves lucky to get the chance to see such colours because before 1993 Mai Chau was an isolated farming town whereas now, it is a recommended stop for any traveller who wants to explore Vietnam.

Mai Chau Attractions

The Pu Luong Nature Reserve near Mai Chau that is worth a visit. This is actually a newly protected area that serves as home to endangered species such as langurs, leopards, civets and bears but it’s especially good for bird watching. There are also caves and local Tai and Hmong communities to visit.

Pieng Kem Grotto
Pieng Kem Grotto

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There are quite a number of caves, or grottoes, in the area and visitors are advised to explore them. These include Mo Luong Cave, Chieu Cave, Pieng Kem Grotto, Lang Cave and Khau Phuc Cave. One can rent a bicycle to see the nearby hamlets and view the rice fields and indeed cycling or trekking through the villages and enjoying the stunning scenery is one of the best experiences in Mai Chau.

Lac is also an attraction in itself. After all, most day travellers and overnight tourists go to this village for accommodation and fine homemade Vietnamese fare. Like Lac, Pom Coong is also an ethnic White Tai village that offers ‘homestays’ to visitors.

Lac village
Lac village

Mai Chau Nightlife

Anyone looking for a nightclub, dance hall or pub in the peaceful valley town of Mai Chau will be disappointed. There is not much nightlife here. In fact, in a homestay, evening entertainment is limited to drinking a few beers before sleeping (since people in rural Vietnam retire early). There are times when hosts offer the guests rice wine, which is described as heady and often containing exotic ingredients like animal parts. Tour groups are often given a traditional dance show at night and White Tai locals put on a cultural dance performance and sometimes ask guests to join in the dance.