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Ban Lac Village - Adventure Life of Mai Chau

Hoa Binh is a mountainous province in the North of Vietnam. With over half of the population being minority, Hoa Binh has some very special characteristics. Once coming to the Ban Lac Village - Mai Chau - Hoa Binh, you will discover the unique culture as well as admire the original scenery of mountain range.
In recent years, besides Vietnam tours of Adveture into ethnic communities in the North-West of Vietnam such as Moc Chau, Son La, Sa Pa, Ha Giang ..., visitors have an additional address for travel: Mai Chau, Hoa Binh.

Mai Chau and the steps of changing:

Lac village, in Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh city, is the home of the Thai people with five families Ha, Lo, Vi, Mac, Loc. According to the head of village, Mr. Ha Cong Tim, the Lac is over 700 years old. In the past, the villagers only lived and cultivated rice in the highlands and weaved brocade. After that, the hidden beauty of Ban Lac has been gradually discovered by visitors. In 1993, Mai Chau District People's Committee officially recommended that Hoa Binh Province allow tourists to stay overnight in the village. From then, the name Ban Lác has been known as a "bright spot" in the tourism map of Vietnam.
 
Ban Lac, Mai Chau is a harmony of nature.
Ban Lac, Mai Chau is a harmony of nature.

"Special Hotels" of the village

Lac village is inhabited by ethnic people, but who come here also not surprised by the Lác asphalt road from the beginning to the courtyard of each stilt houses. We stop at the "hotel" No. 1, where tourists are "awarded" the title "4 star hotel". Lo Thai Thu - owner of the "hotel” welcomes us, Mr. Thu is 24 years old, but has 6 years in working of serving tourist. According to the owner, there are 25 "hotels" on stilts under construction. Each "hotel" is numbered in the order of 1 to 25. Tourism is almost the main source of income here.
 

Ban Lac, Mai Chau with the houses on stilts keeps the tradition for tourists also.
Ban Lac, Mai Chau with the houses on stilts keeps the tradition for tourists also.

Stilt houses of Ban Lac are built from bamboo with comfortable size. The houses are high, clean and preserves the ancient architectures. Inside of it is full of blankets, pillows, folded pillows, neat. Close to the floor that serves as the relaxing place is the floor for eating and drinking tea. With only 70,000VND / person, we could own a floor space of 1.2 x 2 m to overnight for Vietnam homestay tours. The folk lifestyle, cozy part that attaches people who first met each other became familiar, many of them became affectionate.
 
A meal with full of specifics of minorities in Ban Lac village.
A meal with full of specifics of minorities in Ban Lac village.
 
Visiting Ban Lac, we and many visitors cannot ignore the specialties of this place. Tray for 6 guests includes 1 plate of chicken, 3 slices of grilled meat, Mai Chau sticky rice, and vegetable soup with Mai Ha wine bottle was arranged deliciously. In the dinner, the host does not forget to invite guests a welcome drink. Because rice is the host "treat" guests, so the price here is very reasonable, only 150,000 VND per person per meal.
 
After the dinner, you can also join in the show of dancing and drinking.
After the dinner, you can also join in the show of dancing and drinking.
 
After dinner, visitors are immersed in wine drunk out of a jar through pipes and enjoy the special musical show on the floor by young men and women. Guests can also participate in some of the repertoire. 
I have slept on stilt house in some remote villages, but that night in Ban Lác, there is something very unforgettable when the wind blow everywhere, the fog in front of the mountain and cloudy. Somewhere at night, the whisper of the strange people suddenly become familiar. Trolling in a warm blanket, I kept thinking of a mountainous area, where the gentle people, honestly do good tourism and a rich cultural background. It is enough for Mai Chau to call visitors from all over the World all-year-round.
 
Explore Ban Lac Village with the wheels.
Explore Ban Lac Village with the wheels.

Colorful brocade products are weaved by locals.
Colorful brocade products are weaved by locals.