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A world away from Hanoi – which is actually only a three hour drive – Mai Chau Eco Lodge is a peaceful retreat surrounded by lush landscapes and rich local culture.
Housing just 27 rooms and suites, Mai Chau Eco Lodge offers spacious rooms and lush views. The focus is on bringing the beautiful landscape inside and so all rooms feature natural stone walls, bamboo furniture or tiled floors and large windows. The Deluxe Rooms all feature spectacular views out across the rice fields, and have private outdoor showers.
Serving a fusion of Vietnamese and Thai cuisine which is reflective of the local influences, the food at Mai Chau Eco Lodge is flavourful and fresh - many of the herbs and vegetables are even grown on site in the vegetable garden. The restaurant itself is two-storey and perched on the highest point of the hotel grounds, meaning it offers great views of the rice fields and mountains from all angles.
In an area as beautiful as Mai Chau it would be a crime not to get out and explore. With hiking and biking tours available for the more active, and cooking classes or farm work experience for those looking to see some more culture, there is something to suit every taste. The 'Exploring Hoa Binh Lake (½ Day)' tour offers guests the chance to see a range of waterfalls, lakes and breath-taking scenic views, and also introduces them to the daily life of the local Thai and Muong ethnic people.
The range of activities to get involved in with the local people here is great and makes for a really authentic Vietnamese experience.
Frances, Original Traveller