Mai Chau Bicycling Tour
Mai Chau is lovely valley located 135 km south-west of Hanoi in the Northern province of Hoa Binh which is bordered by Son La in the West, Phu Tho and Ha Tay in the North, Ha Nam and Ninh Binh in the East, and Thanh Hoa in the South.

Mai Chau has a population of about 47,500 inhabitants that belong to different ethnic minority groups such as the White Thai, H'mong, Zao, Muong, Tay, Hoa and Viet. The Mai Chau hill tribes are warm and welcoming, and famous for their handicrafts - in particular for their skills in embroidering clothes.

Mai Chau offers splendid vistas of the valley which is surrounded by lush greens and stilt houses inhabited mainly by the White Thai ethnic group. The Sunday market brings a lot of people into town where traditional Thai dishes are made and revel in traditional dances. If you're travling when Sapa, at over 3,000 feet, is too cold and visibility is low (much of the year), consider Mai Chau which is much more temperate.

When to go
In general Mai Chau experiences pretty good weather throughout the year. It rains less and the humidity in lower than other Northern Vietnam cites. The finest weather of the year extends from September till May and temperatures range from 15°C to 30°C. It can be quite cold during winter from November till end of February. The average temperature is 18°C. The monsoon prevails from June till September with stronger breezes and higher humidity with limited rainfall. Temperatures are warmer during this time, varying between 25°C to 35°C.

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Tour Details
On & Off-Road Bicycling w/ Support
3 Days/ 2 Nights
All Cycling Abilities*
70% Good Condition Paved Roads
Max/Minimum Group Size: 2 to 12
Landcost: $396 to $498 per person
Accommodation: 3-star
Boutique Deluxe
Single Supplement: $128

October to May: Best weather overall 15 to 30 celsius
November to February: Cooler (average 18 c)
June to September: Monsoon season but warm (25-35c)

Vietnam Cycling Video

Tour Dates:
Private, Custom Tour

2 or 3-Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Hanoi to Mai Chau
Day 2: Mai Chau to Cuc Phuong National Park
Day 3: Cuc Phuong to Hanoi


Looking for a longer trip? See our Sapa tour.

Mai Chau Lodge