Mai Chau is in a valley just over the biggest hump, about 10km from the Song Da river and only 150 metres above sea level. Mai Chau is a 139km trip from Hanoi, and 66km further on from Hoa Binh.
Though it's not far, the trip from Hoa Binh to here takes almost two hours by motorbike due to the mountainous terrain.
Mai Chau is in a valley just over the biggest hump, about 10km from the Song Da river and only 150 metres above sea level.
The village presents an idyllic rural valley that could easily charm you into staying longer than intended. Nestled between two towering cliffs and surrounded by emerald green paddies, it is an enchanting sight as you wind down the cliff side.
In spring Mai Chau is a bright, almost parrot-green and by autumn this green transforms into golden hues as the rice approaches harvest. Taking the time to watch these transitions of colour seems like a perfectly useful way to spend your time while there.
Mai Chau can become unbearably hot in June / July with little respite from the heat as electricity doesn't come on until the evening.