Top Mai Chau Tourist Attractions
Mai Chau of Hoa Binh Vietnam is a little valley surrounded by green mountains and dotted with lakes, paddy fields, rivers and houses on stilts of the local Thai people.
Driving from Hanoi to Son La or Mai Chau, most travelers would stop at the entrance to Mai Chau which offers the breathtaking panoramic view of the area.
Top tourist attractions in Mai Chau
- Mo Luong Cave
- Lac Village
- Thai Ethnic Museum
- Go Lao Waterfall
- Pom Coong Village
- Pa Co Village
The main drawcards of Mai Chau Valley are the pristine fresh nature and the colorful culture of the Thai People. There are many villages that attract Vietnamese tourists, foreign travelers, and expats from Hanoi. In the below list, Mai Chau Trek suggests some of the most popular attractions in Mai Chau.
Mo Luong Cave
In Mai Chau valley, there are many beautiful landscapes, including Mo Luong Cave. The cave is famous for mysterious stalactites. Mo Luong Cave lies inside Pu Kha Mountain in Mai Chau town and Chieng Chau commune, Mai Chau district. The main entrance to the cave is in Mai Chau town and the subordinate entrance is along with the water current in Chieng Chau commune. In the Thai language, Mo Luong means a big course of the stream; that is the course that originates from inside the cave running out to the field in the Chieng Chau direction and where people dug a pond to retain water and thus named it Mo Luong Pond.
Previously named as Bo Luong Cave, Mo Luong means a big course of the stream in the Thai language. The stream is derived from the inside of Pu Kha mountain range and flow to nourish rice fields in the Chieng Chau direction where it is pooled into a reservoir named Mo Luong Lake.
Mo Luong Cave
Mo Luong Cave is a natural cave inside Phu Kha mountain and through the process of water erosion, blocks of limestone were eroded and formed beautiful stalactites. It stretches over 500 meters and contains 4 caverns. The main one can hold up to 400-500 people. The rest of the cave requires some skills and fitness as a visitor would need to go through a tunnel and have some soft adventure experience.
Lac village is located in Mai Chau valley, Hoa Binh province with unique traditions. Hoa Binh is far about 70 kilometers from Hanoi.
Lac village has 5 Thai ethnics: Ha, Vi, Lo, Mac, and Loc. Previously, the professions of the local people were growing rice and weaving brocade. Later, tourists found the hidden beauty of Lac village.
On to specialties of Lac village, Mai Chau, I must mention the magnificent natural scenery here. If it is your first time to visit this land, you will surely be overwhelmed right when driving through the winding, flanked passes with towering rocky mountains and deep slopes on both sides.
From weaving scarf, brocade dress to wear, women in the village have made a lot of souvenirs for tourists such as scarfs, skirts, lovely wallet, etc. Coming to Lac village, tourists can enjoy bamboo-tube rice and experience their daily life.
Ethnic people are very gentle and friendly. In the afternoon, the beautiful rays of the sun lightening the valley. Lac villagers will roast meat and cook a pot of bitter bamboo shoots for tourists. You can enjoy traditional dishes and listen to the thrill gongs.
Besides, you can also rent an electric car to visit Chieu located not far from the village, which is praised by many tourists for its greatness and the stalactites of thousands of years old.
Thai Ethnic Museum
The museum is owned by Mr Kieu Van Kien. With more than 1,000 artifacts preserved and displayed at the Thai Ethnic Museum, Mr. Kieu Van Kien with his love of collecting and preserving the remains of the Thai people introduces guests to visit and learn about the Thai people.
Among that, the most precious artifact is more than 10 books written in Thai people’s language. Notably, there are 3 genealogies of the Thai people with an age of over 200 years.
Moreover, Mr. Kien has collected a series of faience. The collection has hundreds of bowls, plates, and cups. In particular, there is a Sanh bronze with the weight of 30kg and the age of 300-400 years, which is an artifact expressing the high spirit of the public and it will be in use in big festivals of the Thai people.
Thai Ethnic Museum
Generally, the central artifact in the museum is the collection of things used in the daily life of the Thai people such as food processing kits (pots, bowls, plates, trays), hunting kits (traps, bows), earth lamps, etc.
Also, there is a collection of musical instruments in the past such as trumpets and drums. When coming to the museum with Mai Chau trek reviews, tourists will know well about the life of the Thai people here.
Go Lao Waterfall
Go Lao waterfall, also called Go Mu waterfall, is a beautiful spot located in Phuc San commune, Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh province, approximately 15 kilometers away from Mai Chau town.
Go Lao is about 20 meters high. Along the path down to the foot of the waterfall, travelers will see vast water in one side of the hydroelectric lake, and in the other side is a soft waterfall flowing like white silk which spreads on the flank, making this one of the reasons why you should definitely travel Mai Chau.
The winding road runs from the foot of Thung Khe hill (or White Rock hill) down to the Ba Khan valley with small, short sloping sections and quite bad roads which challenge the driver.
The scenery along the road to the waterfall is a series of lively and beautiful images. At the foot of the mountain are the beautiful houses of the Muong people, the maize trees growing among the cat-ear rocks, the majestic and romantic Ba Khan lake, and the straight bamboo forests.
Go Lao Waterfall
Go Lao waterfall is located at the foot of the mountain, near the edge of the Hoa Binh hydroelectric lake. It is a highlight in the green forest, like a soft white and eye-catching silk.
Go Lao waterfall pours white streams all days and nights, roaring and bubbling over all the canyons. From a few kilometers away, visitors can hear the excited calling of the waterfall. The waterfall in the flow season is beautiful with full of water, rising up all days to whiten the foot of the waterfall.
Pom Coong Village
Pom Coong village belongs to Mai Chau town, Mai Chau district. Like other villages of the Muong, Thai, the citizens of Pom Coong village often live in the area which has rivers, streams. The Thai is famous for traditional dance.
The name of Pom Coong village is very unique and meaningful, in Thai language, Pom is the hill, Coong is the drum, Pom Coong means the village of the hills lying on the big drum. Today, Pom Coong village has nearly 70 households with more than 300 inhabitants living together happily and harmoniously.
Pom Coong village becomes more attractive spots for tourists when having Mai Chau tour 2 days. It is interesting to walk or bike on clean roads in the village to inhale the fresh aroma of the early morning as the dew is melting. When the sunshine spreads through the corners of the village, you should hire a Thai national costume to take the best photos with great scenery here. Surely you will not be able to forget the picture of the stilted houses in the smoke among the winding village roads when standing on a distant hill looking at the village at sunset.
Pom Coong Village
Boasting the same rigid mountains and rich rice fields as Lac and Pom Coong hamlets, where the White Thai have been welcoming homestays for years, Pa Co also offers a centuries’ old tea forest that’s still cultivated today.
After exiting the city, the road hikes up into the green limestone mountains, revealing fresh rice paddies and fruit orchards below. In the summer, each orchard is a different color as the fruits begin to ripen.
Behind the crowded shops that flank certain parts of the road, crystal clear canals and patches of jungle shine in the distance. As you approach Mai Chau Valley, traditional stilt houses can be seen interjecting themselves between the modern homes. As the road descends into Mai Chau Town, the difference is clear: modern homes along the road, stilt houses in the valley’s rice paddies.
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