Mai Chau Bike Tours – Discover The Beauty Of Vietnam’s Nature
Only a three-hour-drive distance from Hanoi, Mai Chau is situated in a remote valley surrounded by tall rocks, has a distinct culture, and is a calm place. The place’s natural surroundings are excellent, with spectacular mountains and a protected forest cover constantly kept green.
Check out our Mai Chau bike tours to have a wonderful experience while visiting this stunning area of Vietnam.
Mai Chau Bike Tours – Discover The Beauty Of Nature
Mai Chau 3-Day Adventure
Day 1 : Hanoi – Mai Chau Bicycle Tour
We traveled to Hoa Binh town in the morning via the support car. Following lunch, we hopped on our bikes and headed to Mai Chau. To maintain safety, we combined riding with the assistance vehicle because the road had some extremely steep sections.
The White Thai town of Lac was our final stop for the day, and our crew spent the night as the Thai people’s guests in a traditional stilted homestay.
Day 2: Bike Tours Mai Chau
Cycling to Van town from Lac town, we passed through some stunning countryside. We travel past various Muong and Thai villages along the way.
Our afternoon biking route winded through the valley bottom while continuously surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, and we reached Van village when the sun kissed the horizon line.
Day 3: Mai Chau – Hanoi Cycling Tour
On day 3, we headed back to Lac town on a different path. Numerous Muong and Thai villages unfolded in front of our eyes, like previously, where we were greeted with smiles and perhaps even a little intrigue.
After arriving in Lac around noon, we enjoyed a delicious lunch in the village. Then, we took a little rest before boarding the support vehicle for the trip back to Hanoi.
3-Day Biking Tour To Mai Chau
Day 1: Hanoi – Biking Mai Chau
We started our journey by hopping on a transfer vehicle and headed to Mai Chau. On the way to our destination, we visited the Muong Ethnic Minority’s local market and took in the breathtaking backdrop of Thung Khe Pass. The crew arrived at the Mai Chau valley at noon and had an amazing lunch there.
Our first biking session started in the early afternoon. We rode the bike to Thai villages to gain insight into their way of life and culture. The handicraft village, of course, was not excluded from our itinerary to learn how to weave traditionally and to support the local artisans by purchasing their goods.
Day 2: Mai Chau- Pu Luong Cycling Trip
After a filling breakfast, we departed from our hosts and headed to the Pu Luong Nature Reservation Center. The crew cycled into Pu Luong through a path of a breathtaking mountain pass with sweeping views of the entire valley.
Following lunch, we kicked our pedals and began discovering this magnificent location. Continuing along the narrow route through the terraced rice and sugar cane fields, the Hanging Bridges led us to view other isolated rural Thai Ethnic communities.
Day 3: Pu Luong – Hanoi Bicycle Tour
The crew started our last day of the cycling trip with a hearty breakfast. Then, we hopped on our bikes and rode through the terraced rice fields and across the creek to explore isolated rural Black Thai Minority settlements in Pu Luong to explore the local culture.
The highlight of our day was visiting Bat Cave, the biggest cave in Pu Luong, located in Kho Muong hamlet. After our adventure, we cycled back to the homestay, where the bus that would transport the entire group to Hanoi was waiting for us. And our cycling journey officially ended.
Discover Mai Chau In 5-Day Biking Tour
Day 1: Hanoi – Ngoc Son – Ngo Luong Biking Tour
After a delectable breakfast, we traveled to Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve. Through the bus window, the lush landscape and traditional village life intertwined and showed up like a mini show for 2 hours. Once we arrived, we took a quick break before starting our bicycle excursion. Ngoc Son slope was the first obstacle but also the reward for getting to Mu Waterfall’s beautiful scenery and calm atmosphere.
Following lunch was our bike trip to Khuong Hamlet after lunch. Then, we were given free rein to travel along the terraced fields’ slopes to learn more about the daily lives of the inhabitants of this hamlet.
Day 2: Ngoc Son – Ngo Luong – Pu Luong Cycle Trip
After waking up early and taking some time to enjoy the natural surroundings of the reserve, we shared a delicious breakfast with the residents in a stilt house before biking to Coi Cao Hamlet, which is tucked away in the center of Ngoc Son. Some of the most isolated homes dotted along the way while we were cycling and watched hard-working ladies at their looms.
Cycling along the spotless path with numerous palm trees lining the roadside, we arrived at the serene Hieu Waterfall, where we had lunch and spent the night in a traditional Thai stilt house.
Day 3: Pu Luong – Mai Chau Bike Tour
Early morning was the best time to experience Phu Luong Nature Reserve’s pristine surroundings and clean air. The crew strolled through Thai Village to see locals going about their everyday lives and spoke with them to learn more about their rich culture.
Then, our new biking day began from our homestay and traveled to Mai Chau over a paved road that passed through gorgeous rice terraces and picture-perfect Thai villages. Along the way, we got to see the gorgeous areas of Pu Luong, which have a secret appeal.
Day 4: Cycling Mai Chau Valley
Day 4 was the day dedicated to exploring the beauty of Mai Chau. The views were breathtaking as we rode by and over lush rice paddies as we traveled through various communities on single-track paths connecting one hamlet to another.
Following lunch, we bicycled past rice terrace farms on back roads and buffalo trails. The afternoon was free for cycling sessions and foot exploration of the village pathways.
Day 5: Mai Chau – Hanoi Cycling Tour
On this last day, we continued the journey and rode through the gorgeous road near Mai Chau, passing lush rice terraces and quaint villages while interacting with the kind locals. Some kids came out and tried to sell some of their lovely hand-made crafts. How handy they were!
The host of the homestay treated us to a signature lunch with simple yet tasty dishes. Then, we went around the village to explore and shop for some of the regionally manufactured textiles. Kissing goodbye to the peaceful place, the crew hopped on the bus and transferred back to Hanoi.
Travelers from within Vietnam as well as from abroad find Mai Chau to be a desirable location. This picturesque valley is one of the best places to have a short-day trip while visiting the beautiful nation of Vietnam.
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