Mai Chau is located around 135km from Hanoi at Hoa Binh province, stay in a peaceful valley sheltered by the outside world by a dramatic ring of hills. On the way coming to Mai Chau , you will have chance to pass through the top of Cun mountain, from there you can take a fabulous overview of the valley with the houses on stilt and paddy fields, bring the first impression about culture of Mai Chau –Hoa Binh.
Mai Chau brings a different image about Vietnam , inhabited with minority groups, that mainly Thai people ,Thai minority is one of six minority groups at Hoa Binh province. Thai people are livingat small villages like: Lac village, Pom Coong village, Van village, Buoc village .... , these villages make a community with lot of particular culture and festivals. Thai people devided into 2 groups White Thai and Black Thai, use their own language beside King language .
Like others minority groups at the mountainous area in Vietnam Thai people live in the stilt houses. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is put in the center of the house, that’s the place for cooking and also for the woman making their colorful “brocade”, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes. The house has many windows, large and decorated with patterns. Each house also usually has a pond to breed fish. These can be seen clearly at Lac village, the stilt houses now are using as the home stay for the tourists with communal room and private room. Tourists also have chance to enjoy some special foods and Can wine while watching traditional dancing, music performances (bronze, drums, gongs), and Thai minority singing and dancing.
Walking to the villages around enjoy the surrounding contrside and paddy fields , specially on Sunday people from the villages bring a lot of things to the Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn,.. .and brocade made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and to participate in traditional dancing. In addition to Mai Chau is surrounded with limestone mountains area, this create a lot of kastl caves like Khoai cave, Chieu cave, Nhat cave, Mo Luong cave,…, which is quite good for discovery activities and go trekking.
Nowadays, foreigners who want to learn more about Vietnamese culture as well as to admire picturesque scenery of Vietnam, Mai Chau Hoa Binh is an ideal place where they can freely discover everything. With the developement of mordent life and tourism Mai Chau still preserve its beauty of natural scenery and the diversity in the minority culture.
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