With ‘Homestay’ experience, your overnight accommodation is provided by a local family in their traditional house-on-silts. There’s no private room and you’ll sleep on the floor in a large communal area. The sleeping corner is set up with a single mattress (thin, but adequate), blankets (ditto), pillow and mosquito net. The restroom is at international standard and a few steps from the main house.
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8:00 AM – Alsimexco team pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi for a 4,5 hour journey to Mai Chau Valley, leave the busy city behind and pass through craggy, mountainous landscape. We drive up a massive pass and end in the mountainous circus of Mai Chau around noon time.
Lunch will be served in a traditional stilt-house of local White Thai ethnic peope house.
White Thai in Mai Chau is specialized in weaving intricate brocade for generations, and are delighted at the opportunity to show their skills to foreign visitors. The village is organized as a community co-operative, set up and sustainably managed by the people themselves.
In the afternoon, we’ll have a small walk around Mai Chau Valley before getting a quick transfer to a small remote village of Mai Hich. If the weather permits there’s a chance for a small cycling around the green village. Afterwards, we return for dinner and overnight in the stilt house with the hospitalily Thai hosts.
Hanoi to Mai Chau Valley: 150km (4,5 hours)
Get up early to inhale the pure cool air in the morning and understand about the daily life of local with there custom of wake up very early for farming.
Breakfast at local house and say goodbye to the hosts for a 15km drive east before get into the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. From here you are accompany by our tour guide for a 2-hours trekking on single trail through Thai villages and terrace paddy fields and take a break at local houses en-route where you meet the car again for a quick transfer to our lunch stop at a small lodge.
In the afternoon, we step into the wild with an awesome hike on trails across the second half of the reserve to reach its Western edge. The hike is not too hard and lasts 3 to 4 hours. It makes it an intermediate level trek. Plan to bring along good shoes and batteries for your camera.
After a demanding afternoon, we get to the ecolodge, check-in the private bungalows and go for a refreshing swim in the cascades and natural pools that surround the lodge. Homemade dinner before a well deserved time for rest.
The morning is on your leisure, depending on the weather and your healthy, you can stay at the lodge and relax or go for a walk or take a bicycle riding around the nature reserve.
It is pretty easy, accessible to most of people and offers a unique experience in North Vietnam. We have lunch at the lodge and then walk for about an hour and half to the road where our car can access. We drive back to Hanoi on the Ho Chi Minh road and get in your hotel at about 6 PM.
Pu Luong to Hanoi: 175km (4,5 hours)
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