Your day-by-day itinerary
Travel to Mai Chau
You’ll be picked up from your hotel in the morning by your driver – usually you’ll travel from Hanoi so it’s a journey of around 4 hours today, but you can ask to make some stops along the way to stretch the legs. As you drive into the mountains, the scenery gets greener and greener and there’s plenty to look at from the window.
You’ll arrive in time for lunch in the village of Mai Hich, before being welcomed by your homestay hosts. They speak limited English, but a bit of sign language goes a long way! You’ll be sleeping local-style on a mattress with a mosquito net around it – this isn’t 5* luxury but it’s comfortable enough for a couple of nights, and it’s a fun experience for the kids. You can explore the village before a traditional dinner is served up.
Cycle through the rice fields
The sound of roosters will usually wake everyone up fairly early, and after some pancakes for breakfast you’ll meet your guide and hop on your bikes for an adventure through the countryside. It’s a pretty gentle ride which is fine for kids, and takes you straight through the rice fields where you can see daily life buzzing all around – children run to try to talk to you whilst the adults get on with their daily chores.
After stopping for a delicious lunch of vegetables and spring rolls it’ll be time to head back to the homestay, where everyone can settle down in a hammock and get a little rest before dinnertime.