Standing pretty close to Hanoi at about 150km to the west, the mountainous district of Mai Châu requires an easy itinerary yet its breathtaking scenery is surely not falling behind the famed Sapa. The details below showcase comprehensive advice from the locals for your North Vietnam travel to Mai Châu.
Breathtaking scene (Source: Google)
“When should I visit Mai Châu?”
With a temperate hilly climate, Mai Châu is fine to be given a trip throughout a year. The first two months and last months of a year welcome winter coming over the highlands. Hence, its average temperature reaches 16 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, visiting Mai Châu this time may give you a chance to contemplate cherry blossoms.
A day in Mai Châu (Source: Google)
March, April, May, September, and October are the best time to come over Mai Châu with an average temperature falling around 20 degrees Celsius.
Garden cosmos are ubiquitous here.
Three months of summer provides you sunny skies and heat. Occasional rainfall may reach the land. Hence, prepare some comprehensive packing items if you are intending to pass through Mai Châu in this section of time.
Wooden traditional houses (Source: Google)
“How am I supposed to arrive in Mai Châu?”
If you choose to ride a motorbike, Quốc lộ 6 or Highway No.6 is the shortest length to take. Another thoroughfare to be considered is Highway 12B.
In terms of buses, you may depart at Mỹ Đình or Giáp Bát Bus Stations. Ticket price falls around VND 110.000 for a person.
Panorama (Source: Google)
“Any recommended attractions in Mai Châu?”
Thung Khe Pass
This is made for Instagram fans, expert photographers as well as nature enthusiasts. Standing at the peak of Thung Khe may bring you an absolute panorama all over the valley at the foot of the mountain. Other than that, the path leading to Thung Khe offers you a wide range of authentic delicacies such as steamed corn, steamed sugarcane, grilled rice in the tubed bamboo.
Thung Khe Pass (Source: Google)
Lác Ethnic Village
Lác Ethnic Village, or commonly known as Bản Lác, is a rewarding gift from Mother Nature to those who easily fall in love with serenity or the quiet hilly ambiance. Having been existing for over 700 years, Lá Village is home to the Black Thai minority whose basic method of living is through rice planting and brocading.
Lác Ethnic Village (Source: Google)
Nowadays, the Lác Village is able to offer its visitors with a set of over 20 local guesthouses and homestays with a distinctive heritage-like architecture. Spending a night in one of these accommodations would be the finest idea who fancy a deep insight through their North Vietnam travel.
Mỏ Luông Cave
Mỏ Luông is a natural-made grotto sitting hidden amid the limestone mountain ranges which have been created after ages thanks to the natural erosion that accordingly results in magnificent Stalagmite.
Mỏ Luông Cave (Source: Google)
“What are the must-eat food treats in Mai Châu?”
Cơm Lam – Grilled Rice in Tubed Bamboo
Even though being made out of the most basic ingredient of the Vietnamese, rice, Cơm Lam in Mai Châu has gained its best reputation as the most famous one in the category. Rice selected here is not a regular type of grain found in big deltas, which come in smaller and longer shape and spreading a fragrant aroma when cooked.
Cơm Lam (Source: Google)
Sour Seasoned Meat
Sour seasoned meat is an exceptional cuisine brought by the Thai ethnic group in Mai Châu. In replacement for pork, buffalo would be then used as the main element. After getting well rinsed, small pieces of buffalo meat are then sliced whilst the skin is fully burned, soaked in water and accordingly shorn to reveal the stunning golden brown outer and well mixed with the ready cut meat. The galangal and rice are supposed to be ground and mingled. These all components are afterward stored in a full-covered jar up to five days and consumed.
A tray of sour meat (Source: Google)
Bitter bamboo shoots
Last but not least, another big star in the archive of must-try gastronomy in Mai Châu is forest-planted young bamboo. This type of cuisine is always available due to the fact that the native dwellers regularly collect these from the forests, bring them back home and drying out for later use. The very first taste you may be having would be a savor of bitterness. Yet, a pure sweetness would then start to trigger your tongue.
Bitter bamboo shoots (Source: Google)
Mai Châu is totally ideal to make a self-planned backpacking trip as well as joining in a ready-made tour package from Hanoi. You can choose either one of those ways above to pay a North Vietnam travel to the land. One sounds fun for a group of friends, while the latter one is better captivating for a trip with family and children.