2 days Black River and Mai Ha
Hanoi, Black River, Mai Ha, Hanoi.
Situated in a scenic valley south-west
of Hanoi, Maichau is home to the White Thai,
Muong and Dao ethnic minority people. Known
for their hospitality and resistance to assimilation,
their indigenous and diverse cultures provide
a colour and individualism different from that
found in others. The rolling hills coupled with
their sculpted rice terraces make an ideal place
Day 1 Hanoi /
We depart from Hanoi to Mai Chau district in
Hoa Binh province (150 km). On arrival in Mai
Chau, we explore a wide and well graded trail
branching off the main path and winding through
some small Muong villages.
This is followed
by a delightful boat ride along the Black River. It is the
perfect time for appreciating the beauty of
the river. The night is spent in the traditional wooden stilt-house of a Muong family who lives by the river. (Lunch and dinner are
Day 2 Black River / Mai Ha
The day begins by a morning hike along a footpath
amid splendid rice terraces and verdant small
hills. Time is also spent cycling through tiny villages and along mountains. We follow
tracks and paths used by the local people.
we share fun with local farmers at work, they
plough their paddy fields behind water buffaloes,
tend their seasonal crops or fish in the river.
Following lunch in a local family, we board
our vehicle and journey back to Hanoi, arriving there
at about 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are
Easy hiking and kayaking with:
a 4-6 km hike on Day 1.
- a 1-2 hour boat ride on Day 1.
a 4-6 km hike and a 1-2 hour bicycling ride on Day 2.
From July to September, the climate is usually
humid and hot. From October to June brings cooler
and more pleasant weather.
Our experienced and friendly Tour
Guides speak excellent English.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local
cultures, history and the environment.
We choose local ingredients, typical
of the way people eat in the area, at local
restaurants, markets or homes.
We also cater for
Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
A clean and comfortable homestay with
mosquito nets provided.
$98USD per person
for a group of 2 to 8 people.
- $76USD per person for a group of 9 to 10 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
meals listed on the itinerary.
permits where applicable.
The cost of the trip does not include:
drinks (soft drinks, alcohol and bottled water).
What to take:
including light comfortable clothes suitable
for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes, small daypack for walking.
We also recommend packing: insect repellent,
sun cream, sun hat and