Inside Asia Tours: Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos

Mai Chau

Mai Chau is a fantastic and easily accessible location for some of Vietnam's best outdoor action. The Mai Chau valley is perfect for gentle cycle rides through the rice paddies, but for those in search of a more energetic option overnight treks staying with families in traditional minority villages are available. For the truly adventurous Mai Chau is the starting point for fabulous multi-day expeditions by bike or on foot. Ask us for more information.

Mai Chau Map

“For anyone who enjoys a bit of activity as a part of their holiday - gentle walking, cycling or longer treks through the mountains - Mai Chau is a fantastic destination, combining traditional minority culture with stunning scenery.”

Tom Weston, Director

Only three hours drive from the bustle and throng of Hanoi lies a rustic, mountainous region that feels a world-away from modern life. The town of Mai Chau sits in a broad, fertile valley surrounded by high, forested mountains. The area is home to a number of minority groups: the Thai residing amongst the rice paddies of the plain; others including the Hmong living high amongst the mountains. The town of Mai Chau itself is not especially interesting, but it is very easy to escape on foot or cycle into the surrounding countryside. The attractive villages retain much of the traditional wooden stilt-house architecture that makes this such an appealing destination, some offering simple but good quality homestays.

This is also an excellent area for those seeking out more active options, with extended hikes and mountain bike exploration possible, including longer trips travelling from village to village and staying overnight in local accommodation.

Recommended Accommodation in Mai Chau

The following are some of our favourite accommodation options in Mai Chau.

Experiences in Mai Chau

Mai Chau offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of the local culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Mai Chau

The Climate Guide for Mai Chau is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 20 21 24 28 31 31 31 30 30 28 25 22
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 13 14 17 20 23 24 24 24 23 21 17 14
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 4 3 3 5 6 5 6 5 5 5 5 5
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None Moderate High Very High Very High Very High High Moderate Low None
Days with some Rainfall 9 10 13 13 16 18 19 21 16 11 7 5
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 23 30 48 107 197 282 296 359 247 129 59 22
UV Index (Maximum) 8 10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 10 8 7