The valley in which Mai Chai sits is dotted with many Thai villages in between a patchwork of rice fields. It is a different world full of tranquility and breathtaking nature, perfect for cycling.

Pù Luông Nature Reserve is a hidden gem in a valley between two-mountain ridges and guarantees limited amount of tourist. It’s off the beaten track here as you trek through forests and large, often terraced rice fields.

You’ll find the friendliest people here that will gladly invite to their home; the local culture is rich and authentic and with two rice seasons and a milder climate a great alternative for Sapa.

Day 1:

Hanoi – Mai Chau – Cycling (L-D)

07:00 – 08:00 Pick up at your hotel in the Old Quarter in our comfortable van/ bus.

10:00 Short break.

11:00 – 12:30 Scenic photo stop of Mai Chau valley/arrive in Mai Chau.

12:30 Traditional lunch in our home (vegetarian available).

14:30 – 17:00 Bicycle ride with your tour guide, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages

17:00 – 19:00 Free time for cycling, walking, shopping.

19:00 Enjoy the dinner, you will have a chance to Enjoy traditional dishes prepared in the style of the native Thai and watch the Thai’s traditional  Dance show and drink traditional wine “ruou can”.

Transportation: A/C transfers and cycling

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Your preferred choice of accommodation

Day 2:

Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature Reserve (B-L-D)

07:30 – 08:30 Enjoy breakfast.

08:30 – 10:30 Drive 35km to Pu Luong Nature Reserve, we will stop on the way to see chopsticks factories and take photos sometimes.

10:30 – 12:30 Arrive to Pu Luong Nature reserve, we will take a short break for 10 minutes before start to do trekking and explore a beautiful scenery of the mountains and stunning rice terraces.

12:30 – 15:30 Enjoy Lunch in the village and take a rest before we restart trekking then drive back to Mai Chau.

19:00 Enjoy the dinner and take a comfortable sleep to recharge for the next activity in the next morning.

Transportation: Trekking

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Your preferred choice of accommodation

Day 3:

Mai Chau Remote Rural Village – Hanoi (B-L)

07:30 Breakfast is served.

08:30 Your local Thai tour guide will take you out on the bikes for around 2km from where we start the trek to visit more remote rural villages: Na Meo, Na Mo and Xam Pa villages to see the rice terraces and understand more about their culture and customs.

12:00 Back to the homestay to check-out and enjoy lunch.

13:00 Free time to relax.

15:30 Get on the van/bus to drive back to Hanoi.

19:30 Arrive in Hanoi Old Quarter, drop off. Tour Ends.

Transportation: Cycling and A/C transfers

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: N/A

  • Transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Accommodation as indicated or of your choice
  • Meals as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  • All entrance fees (as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  • Taxes and Service Charges
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Beverages 
  • Tips and personal expenses 
  • Travel insurance 
  • All not indicated in our itinerary 
  • Booking voucher from us 
  • Valid Passport with valid visa 
  • Cash for personal expense

Specific food requests

Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.

Useful information

Especially for the north and central Vietnam;

In the period between November and April, the weather is variable, from sunny to cold and rainy. It is advisable during this period to bring some rain gear with some warmer clothes. In the period from April to November, it is good to pack a hat with a wide brim, sunscreen (at least SPF15) and a reliable insect repellent. A thin rain poncho is useful all year round.

The south of Vietnam is generally a lot warmer all year round, so warm clothing is not really necessary.

Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!

What do I need to know? 

During the period March to November it will good to pack your swimming gear, a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March is advised. How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft over-night bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc. Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms at your hotel with your other unwanted baggage. 

Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!