Mai Chau’s Lac Village: A Serene Sanctuary for the Perfect Weekend Escape

With a rich history spanning over seven centuries, Lac Village is a serene oasis nestled amidst the majestic mountains, lush forests, and verdant fields of Mai Chau District in Hoa Binh. This idyllic hamlet offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, inviting visitors to step back in time and experience the authentic culture and traditions that have endured for generations.

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Nestled in a secluded corner of the Mai Chau Valley, Ban Lac (Lac village) is a hidden gem surrounded by majestic mountains, tranquil streams, and lush green paddy fields, creating an idyllic rustic backdrop. This serene location is a haven for nature lovers seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Ban Lac, nestled within the Mai Chau Valley, is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. Photo: Luu Trong Dat

Lac Village is home to five distinct Thai ethnic groups: Ha, Lo, Mac, and Loc. According to Ha Cong Tim, the village head, Lac village boasts a rich history dating back over 700 years. Traditionally, the locals relied on rice planting and brocade weaving for their livelihood. However, with time, the hidden charm of Lac village has been discovered by tourists, transforming it into a popular destination.

Currently, Lac Village is home to 125 households, 73 of which offer homestay services. The village has seen a recent influx of domestic tourists, infusing a vibrant atmosphere and contributing to the local economy. The stunning sunset view, captured by Luu Trong Dat, showcases the beauty of this tranquil paradise.

A breathtaking sunset view in Lac Village. Photo: Luu Trong Dat

The Thai ethnic community in Lac Village proudly preserves their cultural heritage. They speak their native language, don traditional costumes, and reside in stilt houses. Their daily lives revolve around rice cultivation and livestock rearing. The Thai people are renowned throughout Vietnam for their warm hospitality and friendly nature. They eagerly welcome visitors to their village, sharing their unique brocade weaving techniques and offering a glimpse into their rich cultural heritage.

Lac village presents a harmonious fusion of natural beauty, with clouds floating above the forests that envelop clusters of small villages. The distinctive Thai stilt houses stand tall amidst vast rice fields, creating a picturesque scene. Visitors to Lac Village are invited to immerse themselves in this tranquil setting, staying in stilt houses and savoring ethnic specialties like sticky rice cooked in bamboo cylinders, bitter bamboo shoots, and the famous Can wine.

Lac village offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences. Photo: Luu Trong Dat

A trip to Lac village promises an immersive experience in scenic mountainscapes and authentic rural life. The hamlet, nestled amidst breathtaking mountains and paddy fields, provides a peaceful escape from urban life. Homestaying with the local Thai community and partaking in their culinary delights offer a unique insight into their daily routines and cultural traditions, enriching the travel experience.

During their stay, visitors can engage in outdoor activities such as hiking with local guides or exploring the village and its surroundings by bike. Nearby neighborhoods like Van, Pom Coong, and Mai Hich villages offer pristine landscapes and a glimpse into non-touristic villages, adding to the adventure.

Lac village has evolved into a tourist destination, with the ground floors of houses displaying and selling souvenirs and local agricultural products. Brocade weaving looms are a common sight, as the women of the village have expanded their craft beyond traditional scarves and shirts to include a variety of souvenirs made from brocade fabrics. These range from towels and decorative wall hangings to wristbands, bags, and stuffed animals, offering a diverse range of memorable mementos.

The road leading into Lac Village, surrounded by natural beauty. Photo: Luu Trong Dat

The Thai stilt houses are constructed 1.5 meters above the ground, featuring bamboo floors and roofs made from Goi or May leaves. Each house has a two-story structure, with the first floor dedicated to livestock and the second floor serving as the living space for the family.

Mai Chau, nestled in an enchanting valley, offers a mesmerizing landscape, a rich ethnic culture, unique culinary delights, and a plethora of outdoor adventures. It is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, providing a serene escape into nature.

Located in Hoa Binh province, Mai Chau is a convenient four-hour drive from the center of Hanoi. With a distance of approximately 150 kilometers, it is an ideal choice for a day trip or a relaxing weekend retreat, offering a peaceful contrast to the bustling city life.

The Thai ethnic community in Mai Chau proudly preserves their traditional way of life. Photo: Luu Trong Dat

Mai Chau is renowned for its captivating landscapes and vibrant culture. The region seamlessly blends rolling hills, lush rice paddies, and charming ethnic villages, creating a serene haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. The diverse ethnic minority groups, including the Thai, Muong, and Hmong communities, contribute to a rich cultural tapestry with their unique traditions, handicrafts, and way of life.

Charlotte Pho
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