Highlighted by the poetic beauty of the mountainous region, the unique culture of Thai ethnic people, and the rustic and tasty cuisine, Mai Chau is an ideal choice for a vacation in Northern Vietnam from Hanoi.
How to get from Hanoi to Mai Chau?
Mai Chau is about 140 km from Hanoi.
Although the road to Mai Chau is generally lovely, it still has some dangerous passages, especially near Cun and Thung Khe pass.
The natural scenery is excellent along the way, often foggy in the evening and denser in winter-spring weather.
- Option 1: Bus: It’s the cheapest option and costs 280,000 VND per person
- Option 2: Taxi: A taxi is quite pricey, but it’s okay if you don’t have a flexible travel time.
- Option 3: Motorbike: You can freely explore and stop at any place on the road.
Hanoi to Mai Chau Bus
- Duration: 4 hours 15 minutes
- Cost: 280,000 VND (~$12.5)
Taking a bus is an affordable option to travel to Mai Chau Vietnam from the capital of Vietnam.
Hanoi SSB offers a daily bus from Hanoi to Mai Chau, and the journey takes approximately 4 hours.
The bus departs daily at 7:15 am and arrives in Mai Chau at 11:30 am. It gives you plenty of time to relax and explore Mai Chau in the afternoon.
How to book online bus tickets?
It’s easy to book online bus tickets to Mai Chau. You can select your desired travel date, check for availability, and book it.
Hanoi to Mai Chau Taxi
- Duration: 4 hours
- Cost: 3,500,000 VND (~$160)
Taking a taxi is an excellent option if you don’t have a flexible schedule.
It might cost as much as 3.5 million VND per car. As always, you should discuss the price in advance.
Hanoi to Mai Chau Bike
As Mai Chau valley is relatively close to Hanoi, riding a motorbike is reasonable.
With the bike, you can freely stop anytime and enjoy the scenery along Thung Khe pass and other landscapes.
If traveling to Mai Chau by motorbike, you should start in the morning and not forget to see the weather forecast before heading to Mai Chau Hoa Binh.
Two routes to get to Mai Chau by bike
Go from Nguyen Trai (Ha Dong) – Quang Trung – Ba La – Chuc Son – Xuan Mai – Luong Son – Ky Son – Hoa Binh – Cao Phong – Tan Lac – Thung Khe Pass.
After going through the Thung Khe pass, there will be a sign for a further 6km along Road 15 to reach Mai Chau.
Go from Thang Long Boulevard to Hoa Lac, turn left to Xuan Mai, and go straight along Highway 6 to Mai Chau.
Pay attention to avoid crossing the line because many traffic police points are on the road to Highway 6.
Getting around Mai Chau Vietnam
Mai Chau Valley is quite small, with attractions close to the villages, so a bike is the most convenient means to explore Mai Chau.
The motels and homestay here have bicycle rental services, so you can rent easily.
Best places to visit in Mai Chau Vietnam
Here are some exciting destinations in Mai Chau Hoa Binh that you should not miss on your trip.
- Thung Khe Pass
- Lac village, Poom Coong village: ethnic minority villages imprinted with the Thai culture. You can enjoy the simple and rustic lifestyle of the people here while trying the unique dishes and participating in the Northwest regions’ annual festivals.