1. Overview

Mai Chau is located at the end of Hoa Binh province and is adjacent to Moc Chau, Son La, and Pu Luong in Thanh Hoa. Mai Chau is located about 130 km from the center of Hanoi; it takes 4 hours to get there by motorbike and 3 hours by car. Although it is a highland district, Mai Chau is a valley surrounded by massive limestone ranges. This place has the peaceful natural beauty of green forests, rice fields filled with grain, many small streams, and traditional villages with ethnic minority culture.

Mai Chau cycling tours allow you to experience all of this up close. You can cycle through lush rice fields, pass by the stilt houses of the White Thai people, and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The roads in Mai Chau are mostly flat, making it an ideal place for cycling tours and interacting with locals, learning about their customs and traditions, and sampling local dishes.

2. Discover the top 5 most wonderful Mai Chau cycling tours

2.1. Half-day Mai Chau cycling tour

A half-day Mai Chau cycling tour is a great choice if you don’t have much time or want to experience cycling in Mai Chau. A half-day trip with a tour length of only about 3 hours will help you experience interesting things in Mai Chau. This journey will give you a chance to explore the beautiful scenery of Mai Chau and the unique culture of the Thai ethnic people.

Cycling through villages such as Na Thia, Chieng Sai, and Cha Long, immersing yourself in the peace, and seeing the daily lives of farmers working in the lush rice fields, growing rice and vegetables, fish farming, and livestock grazing You will also visit a local family where four generations live together under one roof and get a closer look at the lives of local people.

2.2. Mai Chau cycling tour one day

The tour usually starts early in the morning and takes you on a scenic journey through the countryside, and you’ll visit some local markets. Immerse yourself in natural and cultural wonders with a journey through villages and hamlets, the lush rice fields of the beautiful Mai Chau land. You will stop at a unique traditional stilt house of the Thai people for lunch. The tour usually lasts about 6–8 hours, and you will cover a distance of about 30 km. This journey will take you through strange things and give you the opportunity to embrace an ancient way of life of the people that has not changed for many generations, even if only for a day.

2.3. Mai Chau cycling tour two day from Ha Noi

On the Mai Chau cycling tour two days from Hanoi, visitors will be picked up in Hanoi by a high-quality tourist bus to Mai Chau. Then you will ride a bicycle to explore the peaceful Mai Chau valley and have the opportunity to participate in a vibrant campfire night and enjoy Mai Chau ethnic specialties.

This trip gives visitors the opportunity to visit the most beautiful things in Mai Chau Valley with many interesting activities, such as cycling to villages to see rice fields, conquering Thung Khe Pass, weaving towels, watching traditional music programs, and tasting local wine. You’ll also stay overnight in a traditional stilt house and enjoy a meal cooked by the host.

2.4. Mai Chau, Pu Luong cycling tour three day

For the more adventurous cyclists, the 3-day Mai Chau to Pu Luong tour is a great choice. This tour will take you on a challenging trip through some of the most remote and beautiful areas in the region. You’ll cycle along winding roads, climb steep hills, and cross rivers on bamboo bridges. Along the way, you’ll visit ethnic minority villages, stay at homestays, and hike through the lush forests of Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

2.5. Mai Chau, Ninh Binh cycling tour four day

A great adventure for cycling enthusiasts is the 4-day Mai Chau to Ninh Binh tour. This tour will depart from Mai Chau and take you on a 250-km journey to Ninh Binh, passing through stunning landscapes, quaint villages, and ancient temples. You’ll cycle along scenic roads, stop at historical sites, and experience the rich history and culture of Northern Vietnam.

3. Famous places to visit on the Mai Chau cycling tour you should visit

Cycling routes in Mai Chau, Vietnam, usually start from the main town and stretch through beautiful countryside. The most reasonable option is to visit Lac village, Poom Coong village, and neighboring villages and conquer Thung Khe Pass. In addition, you can cycle to tourist attractions near Mai Chau, such as Chieu Cave, Mo Luong Cave, etc.

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3.1. Lac village

Lac village is known as the most beautiful village in Mai Chau and the people here are friendly. The village is more than 700 years old and is home to five white Thai ethnic groups. The stilt houses built into homestays in Lac village still retain their traditional features, and customs are still preserved. Tourists coming here are very excited by the delicious food, colorful traditional stalls, and beautiful young people dancing.

3.2. Pom Coong Village

In Thai, the village’s name Pom means hill, and Coong means drum. Today, there are seven major families living in the village. Like other villages in Mai Chau, Pom Coong village is favored by nature for its natural scenery as well as the friendliness of the people here. The houses in the village still retain the traditional features of the Thai people, and the food in the village is diverse, such as com lam, cha cuon la buoi, rau rung, xoi nep nuong, etc. Besides, when coming to the village, visitors can also enjoy national dances every night.

3.3. Thung Khe Pass

Thung Khe Pass, also known as Da Trang Pass, in Tan Lac district bordering Mai Chau, is a very attractive place for tourists because of the “snow” of white-covered limestone mountains. When coming here, visitors are not only impressed by admiring the majestic mountains and forests of the Northwest from the top of the hill but also the winding roads around the mountains. The climate on Thung Khe Pass is very special because there are four seasons in one day.

3.4. Mo Luong Cave

Located in the Pu Kha mountain range, the name Mo Luong originates from the Thai ethnic name meaning large water mine. Mo Luong Cave consists of four main caves with a depth of up to 500 m. Each cave has layers of limestone stalactites forming countless magical shapes due to water erosion and has a pristine and unique look.

3.5. Chieu Cave

Chieu Cave possesses a mysterious and wild beauty that will make you overwhelmed when you come here. To admire the beauty of Chieu Cave, you will have to climb 1,200 stone steps among the green Xa Pung trees.

You can refer to our Mai Chau tours through the links below:

Best Mai Chau Tours & Travel Guide

Mai Chau Village Deeper Exploring

Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature Reserve

4. Notes when cycling in Mai Chau

Choose the right tour: Make sure to choose a bike tour that suits your skill level and interests.

Weather in Mai Chau: The best time to cycle in Mai Chau is from October to May, when the weather is cool and dry. Avoid visiting during the rainy season (June to September), as roads can be muddy and slippery.

You should also bring sunscreen, insect repellent, and a raincoat in case the weather changes unexpectedly. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and carry a reusable water bottle with you. 

Respect local customs: When cycling through Mai Chau, it is important to respect local culture and customs. Dress modestly, especially when visiting temples or religious sites. Ask permission before taking photos of locals or their homes. And always be polite and courteous when interacting with local people.

5. Conclusion

Cycling in Mai Chau brings a unique and unforgettable experience for visitors to Vietnam. Hopefully the information about Discover the top 5 most wonderful Mai Chau cycling tours that Metta Voyage shares will help you have the best trip.

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