Updated April 19th, 2018.
Spend 3 incredible days surrounded by undiscovered beauty in the village of Mai Chau and its surrounding areas. Enjoy local life and culture in the comforts of an authentic homestay amidst lush rice paddies. This rural countryside adventure is sure to give you a glimpse into the heart of the Vietnamese way of life that makes the country so special.
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Day 1: Hanoi to Mai Chau (L, D)
Depart the hustle and bustle of Hanoi in the morning and head for the unspoiled splendor of Mai Chau Valley. Take in the panoramic views before arriving to your authentic homestay and feasting on a home prepared lunch with your new family. Spend the afternoon exploring the charm and local culture of the nearby villages on a guided bicycle ride. Indulge in a relaxing evening, absorbing rural Vietnam life at the homestay, rich with entertainment and another delicious meal prepared by our lovely homestay, rich with entertainment and another delicious meal prepared by our lovely homestay host Ms. Tan.
Day 2: Homestay and Trek (B, L, D)
Load up on breakfast before stopping by a Bamboo factory, and making your way nearby to embark on an awesome trek, through rich forestry, countless rice fields, and beautiful villages. Mingle with people from the local Thai minority tribes and make conversation with children who will be ready to greet you with high fives and smiles! Grab lunch and stretch your legs before finishing your trek to your homestay for the evening. Crack open a few beverages and chill out while enjoying the peace and quiet of your remote surroundings.
Day 3: Mai Chau- Hanoi (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast, before cooling off and floating along the river on bamboo rafts to round out your final day in the rural countryside. Refuel with lunch, and freshen up before we heading back to Hanoi, arriving just in time for our nightly activities and/or onward travel.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
All accommodation, meals, transport, and selected activities.
NOTE: Activities vary in duration and grade depending on availability and weather.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Drinks, travel insurance, and personal expenses.
THE IMPORTANT STUFF:
CONDITIONS OF TRAVEL:
In circumstances beyond the control of Vietnam Backpacker Hostels and the associated tour operators, such as weather conditions, mechanical failure, and/or restrictions placed by the National Park Authorities, we reserve the right to alter the route or itinerary of any of our tours. No refunds will be given in these circumstances, or in the event of any delay, curtailment or alteration of the trip. We cannot guarantee pick-up and drop-off times and are not liable for passenger failure to connect with other services or any associated costs incurred.
Whilst we make every effort to safeguard our clients and their belongings, we cannot be held responsible for personal injury or loss due to events beyond our control. We also cannot be held liable for operations conducted by local contracted service providers.
Passengers should note that adventure travel involves higher than normal risk.
Travel Insurance is NOT included. We strongly recommend that passengers have their own travel insurance against illness, injury, loss/damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on confirmed departure dates.
THE ESSENTIALS: Passport, swim-stuff, towel, sunscreen, toiletries, raincoat, warm clothes for the cooler months (Nov-March), mosquito repellent, camera, flashlight, a healthy appetite and a good attitude!
HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I TAKE? Due to limited vehicle space, we ask that you limit yourself to a maximum of 15 kgs in a backpack or overnight bag.
WHERE DO I MEET THE TRIP? The trip departs from our Downtown Hostel at 9 Ma May Street, Hanoi at 8am, so please be downstairs ready at 7:30am. If you’re staying at our Original Hostel, please be downstairs and ready by 7:15am.
CAN I BRING MY OWN DRINKS?
No. There is a fully licensed and stocked bar on the island. While we want everyone to have a blast, your safety is our main concern. This ensures responsible drinking practices with measured amounts of real, quality alcohol. Please read the waiver you will sign upon departure carefully and understand that we reserve the right to confiscate any contraband found and remove any individual from the island without refund that is putting others or themselves at risk.
WHAT DO I EAT? You will be eating delicious, local Vietnamese cuisine. If you are vegetarian, have food allergies or do not eat seafood we can cater to you. If you have very specific dietary needs, please discuss this at the time of booking.