Tỉnh Hòa Bình

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  • Day142

    Winter in the Mai Chau valley

    January 17 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    It’s a bit cooler in the mountains! Yesterday, we ate delicious northern Vietnamese fare, and drank shots of rice wine, in jackets and toques. Today was a lovely grey day for a long, green bike ride through rice fields (all recently harvested), and small villages. We were joined by a surprise escort, a village dog (“Snuffles”) who stayed with us for over an hour. Now i am waiting for a sunset in front of our little villa... but I just don’t think it’s going to penetrate this thick white sky... I’m not complaining - it’s very peaceful here!Read more

  • Day24

    Mai Chau

    April 25, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Having not had the time to do Sapa, we decided on a less expensive alternative, Mai Chau. It's slightly closer to Hanoi but still has the beautiful scenery and typical rice terrace look and generally more guaranteed good weather. Having not heard much about the area itself, I was excited to see what it had to offer.

    Arriving there we settled in our homestay and had lunch almost immediately. The food was honestly incredible and I'm pretty sure I ate enough food for at least 4 people. Having finished the meal, all I could think about was how good dinner would be.

    The afternoon activity was a bike ride, probably a good thing in order work off the mass of food I had just eaten. During the cycle ride we rode through the large stretches of rice paddies which were absolutely stunning. It was also a beautiful day so we were extremely lucky with our views. We made one stop at a local village that had just been open to the public a few months where they made a large range of woven cloth, all a lovely array of colours.

    Heading back to the hostel at sunset was a gorgeous backdrop to end our cycle ride. Soon after we got back it was time for dinner and yet again they delivered the goods. All different food to lunch yet as delicious.

    Later on we had a treat of Vietnamese dancers come put a show in for us. They were such sweet people and it was so nice to see how much they enjoyed performing for us. In the end all of us even joined in and I'm not sure who had more fun, them or us.

    Safe to say I'm excited to see what Mai Chau brings tomorrow.
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  • Day141

    The Ancient Vietnamese Village

    January 16 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Yesterday we drove to a Vietnamese village that was built in the 16th century. We visited the communal house, dedicated to ‘Tang Huan Lan’ the deceased saint of the village. We also walked around and saw lots of traditional ancient Vietnamese houses, with some cool doors. Then we went into a house courtyard, which was also a restaurant and my parents and I had a very big lunch of rice 🍚, spring rolls 🌯, pumpkin and green bean soup 🍜, chicken 🍗 and mushrooms 🍄, roasted peanuts 🥜, sausage stuffed tomatoes 🍅, and more (for Dale and Malcolm, lunch was orange Fanta 🍹, plain rice 🍚, and peanut butter sandwiches 🥪 🥜). At the restaurant, there was a shed filled with old stuff, but there were also four tiny kittens and two adult cats! 🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈
    Then we all rode bikes 🚲 with Thomas (our tour guide), down to a wet rice field. It was extra wet when we got there because it was raining most of the day 🌧. Malcolm and Geoff both planted some rice plants 🌱 in the mud. Then we biked around the Vietnamese countryside, finished back at the restaurant, and drove back to the hotel.
    - Chloë
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  • Dec26

    Mai Chau

    December 26, 2018 in Vietnam

    Aujourd'hui, nous partons à la campagne.

    Mai Chau se situe dans la province de Hoa Binh, à environ 150 kilomètres à l’ouest de Hanoi, à seulement 150m d'altitude. Le village se trouve entre de grandes falaises et est entourée de rizières.

    Nous profitons du beau temps pour nous balader en vélo à travers les rizières (qui sont malheureusement sèches à cette période) et les petits villages.

    Ici, nous dormons chez l'habitant dans une maison sur pilotis typique, avec un toit en feuilles de palmier, un plancher de bambou et de grandes fenêtres.
    La vue du balcon est reposante après l'agitation de la capitale.
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  • Day317

    Trang An / Ninh Binh

    June 23, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 34 °C

    In der Region um Ninh Binh kann man unglaublich viel "Vietnam" sehen und erleben. Gefluteten Reisfelder zwischen Felsen, versteckte Tempel in den Bergen oder Überreste des Chinesischen Kaiserreichs - hier kann man super viel auf eigene Faust entdecken. Übrigens ist die Region auch bei den Einheimischen als Urlaubsziel beliebt.Read more

  • Day270

    Mai Chau, Vietnam

    March 2, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Got back into the homestay scene in Pom Cong village of Mai Chau district. "White Thai" and H'mong minorities live in stilted bamboo homes amidst rice paddies, water buffalo, and grazing cattle. Both groups are known for their textile work, and beneath most homes are scarves, shirts, and other goods for dirt cheap prices.Read more

  • Day101

    Cúc Phúóng national park

    November 8, 2016 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    We hired a moped, drive 20km into the rainforest and then trekked in to see some ancient trees and hopefully some scary beasts. Among others, there are leopards, jungle cars and cobras (all the rhino, tigers and elephants have been driven out by poaching) but sadly we only saw spiders, crabs (?!) and butterflies! Phew!!Read more

  • Day38

    Mai Chau

    November 27, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Our final night on the tour was spent in Mai Chau. The ride here took us through rice fields and terraces with many photo opportunities along the way.

    There’s also a cave here in Mai Chau which you have to climb 1200 steps to get to. We made the walk up to the cavern with the views inside being worth the walk.

    Mai Chau is no stranger to tourism, but thankfully, homestays make up the majority of accommodations for tourists, sparing the region from scenery spoiled by large hotels and tacky souvenir shops. Homestays in Vietnam are typically family-run and the place we stayed in felt like an authentic Vietnamese experience. We were cooked a really good meal with pork belly, Vietnamese spring rolls, tofu, pak choy and as with most vietnamese restaurants a ‘side’ of about 1kg of rice. The dad at the homestay also gave us a half litre of rice wine to have with out meal which we happily finished off by shooting throughout our meal.
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  • Day8

    Trecking am Song Ma (Fluss)

    October 14, 2018 in Vietnam

    Wir hatten uns entschieden, eine geführte Trecking-Tour durch die Berge am Ma-Fluss zu machen. Unsere OSM Karte ist einfach nicht genau genug um querfeldein zu gehen. Einige Fusswege sind eingezeichnet aber das reicht nicht.
    Um 9:30h gings los, ein paar Sprachprobleme waren zu klären, denn man hatte die falsche Tour vorbereitet. Machte nichts, wir waren die einzigen Teilnehmer. Mit dem Auto ca. 15 km ins Ma-Tal, dann ca. 15 km am Fluss entlang, durch Reisfelder und kleine Dörfer, alles von der Tai-Minderheit. Gegen Mittag wurde es dann sehr heiß, aber nach Essenspause und Pause am Abholungspunkt ging es wieder.
    Unterwegs traf man viele sehr freundlichr Leute, in den kleinen Dörfern riefen die Kinder "Hello" . Aha, es waren schon andere Langnasen vor uns da.
    Große Aufregung gab's als unser Führer eine schwarze Kobra im Bewässerungskanal (hier spielen die Kinder gern) entdeckte, er raste sofort ins nächste Haus und die Bewohner kamen mit Bambusstangen, um die Schlange zu töten, zumindest für kleine Kinder ist der Biss wohl sofort tödlich. Die Schlange war aber schon ziemlich weit weg im Betonkanal. Ich weiss nicht ob sie erwischt wurde.
    Am Ziel wurde dann gerade ein Brunnen gebohrt auch intetessant.
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  • Day7

    Mai Chau, eine andere Welt...

    October 13, 2018 in Vietnam

    Hier leben Thai-Minderheiten in Vietnam, die traditionellen Häuser stehen auf Stelzen, darunter spielt sich alles vom Arbeiten bis zur Viehzucht ab. Die Zeit scheint stehengeblieben zu sein, wir haben selten so wenig Hinwendung zur heutigen Welt gesehen. (Ausser Smartphone und Motorrad natürlich)
    Auch hier ist Tourismus. Viele Leute aus Hanoi kommen her um die fremden Ethnien zu sehen. Reis ist der Hauptanbau, so wichtig dass "guten Appetit" auf Vietnamesisch übersetzt "Reis essen" heißt.
    Wir haben vom Hotel Fahrräder ausgeliehen und sind durch die Thaidörfer gefahren, da mein Sattel nicht hoch genug zu verstellen war habe ich viel Heiterkeit mit meinen Anblick erregt.Das Essen war ausgezeichnet.
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