Mai Chau Ecolodge
Mai Chau, The Far North, Vietnam
At a Glance
Outstanding natural setting within the Mai Chau Valley, only a short walk from local villages
Just three hours from the bustle of Hanoi, Mai Chau feels like a different country, with lush rice paddies and misty mountains
The lodge has an authentic décor in keeping with the picturesque setting and the area's tribal heritage
Plenty of activities on offer including cooking lessons, hiking trails and bike rides
Perfect for those looking for a peaceful few days in the countryside to experience rural Vietnam
Best time to Visit
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The best time to visit Mai Chau and the Hoa Binh province is from February to April and September to November, avoiding the heat and the rain. The official peak season in Vietnam is from September to April as these months see the least rain. December to February are the cooler months. May to September is the rainy season with the most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible.
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Tucked away in a unique setting, Mai Chau Ecolodge sits in the heart of the Mai Chau valley. With spectacular views, be taken off the beaten track at this charming lodge and get to know Vietnamese tribal culture and the natural wonders of the area.
Occupying a lush green hill outside the Na Phon Village in the Mai Chau Valley, Mai Chau Ecolodge lies just three hours southwest of Hanoi. This simple but eco-conscious lodge is a short walk from the villages of Lac and Pom Coong, the soul of Mai Chau. The lodge's location allows you to make the most of the beautiful countryside while staying close Mai Chau and its bustling morning market.
Purposely placed away from the main roads, Mai Chau Ecolodge was built using entirely natural materials. Its thatched roofs, bamboo interiors and wooden furniture embrace the region's tribal heritage. The lodge encapsulates the idea of getting back to nature.
The service at the lodge is relaxed and friendly, and the dining options bring together a fusion of Vietnamese and Thai tribal food common in this region, incorporating fresh ingredients and local produce. If you have a particular passion for food, opt for a cooking lesson for an authentic cultural experience.
There are plenty of other activities to suit everyone, from hiking and cycling experiences, spending time with local tribes, or simply revitalizing yourself with a massage. The lodge's lagoon shaped swimming pool opposite the restaurant also offers a wonderful place to cool off after a day's exploring.
There are 5 different room types to choose from each with a charming décor which embodies the lodge's mission, being built entirely from natural materials. Each room includes a working desk, air-conditioning, deluxe bathroom amenities and room service as well as other services to make your stay as relaxing as possible.
The Superior room featuring bamboo interiors and red tiled flooring overlooks the beautiful gardens. Interconnecting rooms are available.
The Junior Deluxe enjoys mountain views. Interconnecting rooms are available. 45msq.
A private outdoor garden and shower terrace are just some of the features of the Deluxe room overlooking the paddy fields. Interconnecting rooms are available. These rooms have the best views. 45msq.
The bungalow suites enjoy views of the Mai Chau Valley. Featuring wooden interiors, a large bathtube and open air shower, feel at one with nature. These rooms also have private pools! Interconnecting rooms are available. 45msq.
Perfect for couples, the President Room has its own bar offering a selection of fine wines. Enjoy a drink on your terrace with panoramic views of Mai Chau. Duplex Suite. 80msq.
Mai Chau Ecolodge has a large restaurant overlooking the main pool area for you to relax around. There is also a small spa which offers a selection of massages and other treatments.
There are many activities that can be arranged during your stay at Mai Chau Ecolodge. Cycling and walking tours are a popular way to explore the local area as well as spending an active day with local farmers. Go on excursions to the nearby villages and experience the morning markets returning back to the lodge to relax at the spa.
Lucy Bailey (Staff)
The location of Mai Chau Ecolodge is absolutely stunning. The lodge looks out over the valley, surrounded by lush paddy fields and misty mountains.
The rooms are nice and spacious, with comfortable beds and dcor that fits well with the setting.
The lodge has a lovely pool, perfect for a refreshing dip after enjoying the adventurous activities in the area, such as trekking and cycling. The lodge's complimentary bicycles are a nice bonus.
The cuisine is fairly average. However there are some nice homestays in the area where you can enjoy delicious local lunches, so it is not too much of a compromise.
This is not a hugely luxurious property, but it is definitely a pleasant place to stay and enjoy the wonderful Mai Chau area.
Jack Mace (Staff)
Set amongst an abundance of tropical vegetation the EcoLodge was a real favourite of mine. The EcoLodge is perched on a small hill which overlooks the impressive Mai Chau hills and the rice paddies below where you can seeing the locals working their trade (I'd recommend a Deluxe or Suite category rooms as these have the best views). Throughout my stay I was greeted by huge smiles from the faces of the staff as they make sure you are having the best time possible. The restaurant, although slightly basic, served up great food and I'd definitely recommend the local speciality of Grilled pork - delicious. Also, try and grab an table outside at breakfast to make the most of the wonderful views!
Mai Chau Cycling Adventure
Jump on your bikes for a leisurely two hour cycle through the beautiful valley of Mai Chau. Pass through towns and villages, and wind your way through lush forest and rice paddies, admiring the scenery and perhaps getting to know some of the locals.
Pu Luong Trekking from Mai Chau
From Mai Chau, head deeper into rural Vietnam and onto to Pu Luong. Known for its remote hill tribes, luminous paddy fields and traditional villages you'll trek 6km (3.7miles) through glorious scenery, stopping at villages along the way.
Visit Xa Linh Village
Take a scenic drive into the hills above Mai Chau, where you can visit Xa Linh village, inhabited by the H’mong hill tribe. The H'mong are one of Vietnam's minority ethnic groups, and they have maintained their own language and culture.
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from £3700 pp inc flights & transfers for 12 nights
- Combine beautiful rural Laos with the quaint capital city of Hanoi, finishing at the iconic Angkor Wat. A fantastic and varied combination of cultures.
- This beguiling journey focuses on getting you off the beaten track, and no better place to start than in Laos, the hidden gem of Indochina’s well-trodden tourist trail. Whether you are exploring Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, or exploring temples ruins in Cambodia's jungles rest assured you’ll be one step ahead of the crowds.
- Enjoy some of Vietnam's most beautiful and quintessential rural vistas in Mai Chau and Ninh Binh in the far north of the country.
Off the Beaten Track Indochina
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from £6800 pp inc flights & transfers for 21 nights
- Visit the astonishing temples of Angkor, including Angkor Wat, with our specialist guides who are able to judge the busiest times at each temple and will ensure you reach each one just after the crowds have departed.
- Spend time in Battambang, Cambodia, a beautiful colonial town with a genteel old world feel.
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- Sapa is the beautiful mountain town north of Hanoi, famous for its terraced rice paddy fields. Growing more and more popular each year, we recommend combining Sapa with the lesser known areas of Ninh Binh and Mai Chau for the best hiking trails and most authentic experience.
- Ninh Binh is a province west of Hanoi with dramatic limestone scenery, a great alternative to going to Halong Bay.
Location & directions
Mai Chau, The Far North, Vietnam
Mai Chau lodge is located 3 hours from the centre of Hanoi in the Hoa Binh Province of Vietnam.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport. Mai Chau Ecolodge is a 4-hour drive from the airport.
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