We went to Mai Chau this longweekend together with a lot of familys. Most of them from the Swedish Camp. JP and Aimee organized the trip and they did a great job. They had rented a homestay for all of us. It was one of those Thai houses on pillars. Under the house was room enought to sit and have our meals.
We went hiking with the kids through the rice fields, rented bikes and went out on the small dirt roads, climbed the long stairs to the cave and we did also some shopping in the village. When its low season the Thai people do handicraft and when the hight season comes they sell it to tourists.
If you can cope with a 4 hours drive one way from Ha Noi I can recommend to go to Mai Chau. Stay at one of the homestays in the village. Its very cheap and the food the house owners prepare for you is very good and the portions are very generous. If you can, bring an extra sleeping pad. The matresses in the houses are very thin. If you´re looking for real beds you can always stay at the lodge. But it`ll cost ya!
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Hiking through the rice fields with the kids.
Not only the kids needed help when we crossed the small creeks.
Out of nowhere this little girl popped up. She was selling bracelets. We bought to all the kids. Later we realized that we payed way to much. A real little businesswoman...
Vilma 3 years old. She did not complain at all. She was so good.
Biking in the heat. Not the best bikes but we got around. Ossian, Thi, Lisa and Joy on the picture.
My dear wife Carol and Lisa.
Jonah on a custom pink bike.
Thi and his son Phuong. They got the last bike and the sadle was loose and Thi had a hard time sitting down on it.
Under the house where we had breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The grandma in the house we stayed in.
Inside the house. You can se the matresses along the wall. Super thin.
JP and Aimee had arrange a Thai dance performance for us.
Thi watching the kids play under the house.
Ruben and Sofia. They where real fighters to climb all the stairs to the top. We did not know what was up there and it was a nice surprise to find the big cave.
Ruben in the cave.
Sofia the brave speleologist.