Discover a mix of culture and adventure set against one of Vietnam's most striking backdrops with 3 days in the countryside of Mai Chau. Waterfalls, towering limestone mountains, rice paddies, bamboo groves, and terraced tea plantations give you a sense of the country's charm and character.
Set out from your hotel for the ride toward Mai Chau, and admire the lush scenery along the way. You arrive at the rustic Mai Chau Lodge in time to enjoy a freshly prepared lunch, and then take a cycling trip around the countryside or just kick back for some free time in the afternoon.
Save some time to take advantage of the outdoor pool and whirlpool tub while you relax at the retreat. Enjoy a dinner of Vietnamese and international dishes, followed by some traditional dancing performed by members of the region's local people.
After breakfast, head through the tropical countryside to a cave that North Vietnamese soldiers used to store munitions during the Vietnam War. Next, visit a village to learn about the local lifestyle and farming methods, have lunch back at Mai Chau Lodge or in the home of a local family, and spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing at the lodge.
A gentle trek leads you to the villages of Lac and Pom Coong, inhabited by members of the Thai ethnic group, to enjoy a chat over a cup of tea and learn about their culture and traditions. Get a peek at local living and watch traditional farming methods up close before you head back to the lodge for lunch and return to Hanoi in the afternoon.