Mai Chau doesn’t have a tourist service per se, and surprisingly few of the locals speak enough English to offer any advice or services, so if you want to make the most of the trekking opportunities in the area your best bet is to book a tour from Hanoi. Tours range from one day — a long day — to longer treks covering Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
Visit stilt houses of Thai people, stilt houses border both sides of the roads.
Trek around the Lac village, and PomCoong village, the Ban Lac People.
7.30-8.00 a.m: Pick you up from hotel in Hanoi start tour to Mai Chau. On the way to Mai Chau, stop over to take photos. From the top of Cun Mountain, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities, including the Thai ethnic group, live in Mai Chau.
11.00 a.m: Arrive Mai Chau, come in and visit stilt houses of Thai people, stilt houses border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also usually has a pond to breed fish.
12.00: Have lunch in local restaurant, especially enjoy the minority specialty dishes including rice cooked in bamboo and grilled meat.
1.00 p.m: Walking around the Lac village, and PomCoong village, the Ban Lac People have Thai ancestors that settled in the North-Western area of Vietnam. The two tribes, White Thai and black Thai, settled in the same area and make up the largest ethnic population of the region.
3.00 p.m: Take the bus back to Hanoi.
6.00 p.m: Arrival hotel, tour finish.