Mai Chau Nature Place
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Non-smoking rooms
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Refrigerator in room
TravelPod Member ReviewsMai Chau Nature Place
As we were last to board the bus we had to sit in the back seat (not made for tall westerners with long legs like jeremy!!) so it was a rather long 3 hours!!! We arrived (along with lots of other bus tours as its relatively close to hanoi but luckily they were all either visiting the rather touristy village or eating in the touristy restaurants. Our little homestay was hilarious ... The bungalow we were staying in was made of bamboo so consequently every time you walked everything rattled & moved under our weight. The views over the rice paddy fields was incredible & sunday was a busy day for the locals in their rice allotments weeding & fertilising their produce. We headed off on our bicycles to explore the little paths & local "urbanisations" of mai chau. Jeremy got a puncture so we found a dude to fix it in about 5 mins for a dollar & we waited having a beer with the locals who loved having a few tourists sitting in their "shop" on the side of the roaf. By the time we got bavk all the tourists had left & we had the place practically to ourselves along with some vietnamese tourists who are now travelling to see their beautiful country. Dinner was
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We left Hanoi, but first we inspected the Metropole, very posh, with beautiful Christmas decorations and snooty clientele ( Andre Malraux, Graham Greene, Noel Coward and the Foxes among others). The French architecture dating from 1901 was something to behold!. A long car ride with several stops for views and interesting snacks, took us to …
... in Hanoi was attending a Cooking Class at Orchard Restaurant. This included a tour around the local fresh food market and cooking a variety of traditional vietnamese dishes. We each took individual cyclos (bicycle-driven rickshaws) to the market. There we were shown an array of unusual fruits, vegetables and proteins (Eg. turtles, toads and seas snakes). We also were 'fortunate' enough to sample a few delicacies including chicken foetus (boiled fertilized ...
... city streets. You need eyes in the back of your head to ride round this place, it's an absolute swarm of motorbikes, cars, buses and lorries and the general rule here is that the bigger your vehicle the more authority you have on the road. That really reads as, if you have a big truck you can plow through anything in your way, great fun!
An hour later and we hit a more major road through the city. Three lanes of chaotic tarmac and suicide ...
... right....awesome. we were picked up just after 8am by our guide Quan and our driver Mr Phuong, jumped in an SUV and we were off. Our guide was young, knowledgeable and spoke good English...he asked a few questions about ourselves and gave us a small history lesson about Hanoi.
After about 45 min my damm tablet kicked in and I seriously struggled to keep my eyes open the majority of the way....we had a 3hr drive on our hands so it was probably a good time to ...
... Daniel & Mirella) and a wonderful guide named Mu. Mu accompanied us for the entire 3 days and 2 nights and quickly became fast friends with Natalie. She was always able to put a smile on a hot and tired Natalie's face or help us engage the local children to play!
We learned a lot from Mu, not only about what we saw along the way, but also of her experiences growing up in a Black Hmong village near Sapa. She is the only one ...