Stilt houses border both sides of the roads. The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by the Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish
The Sunday market brings a lot of people into town. People from different minorities living in the mountains come to Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey, bananas, corn, and tho cam made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and participate in traditional dances
You can get a good run off the top of the dam, hammer it down the road, and up the steep runaway truck sidings. A word of warning here, dropping your bike at the top of these steep inclines is a sure way to lose all your gas, and it's virtually impossible to pick your bike up again, as the incline means you are practically underneath it.
With the flood gates in full swing, the torrent of water creates a very damp wind tunnel, as the air is sucked under the thousands of cubic meters of water rushing past each second. It’s inspiring stuff, standing on the viewing platform just beside the wall of water.
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau ( 65 km cycling) (L, D )
Pick up at your hotel at 8:00 Am. Transfer out of Hanoi city to Luong Son – picturesque landscapes. Stop to cycle to Mai Chau village via Kim Boi hot spring and Bai Chao villages. Lunch at a local restaurant and continue cycling along the Hoa Binh lake. Arrive in Mai Chau and overnight in the homestay of white Thai ethnic.
Day 2: Mai Chau and surroundings – Hanoi (30km cycling) (B, L)
After breakfast, ride to visit the morning foggy scenery of the beautiful west region of Viet Nam and some trekking along the trails. Have a picnic lunch.
Back to the homestay for check out and leave for Ha Noi. End of tour.
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