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Mai Chau

Orientation

Mai Chai is 5 km off highway 6, 139 km from Hanoi. You'll pass through the town on the way to the stilt houses -- few will opt to stay in the former rather than the latter, but if you're looking for internet, long distance phone services or any shopping needs beyond the very basic ones available in the villages, you'll need to head back into town during your stay.

You'll find the villages by proceeding through town, about 2 km from the centre, and taking a right at the Mai Chau lodge across the rice fields. The first village is Pom Coong and Ban Lac is just a few hundred metres to the left. Alternatively take the next right off the main road to reach Ban Lac 1 and 2 more directly.

Everything is located along the main road into town -- addresses are confusing and there's no agreement on what to call the road, but one trip up and down it is all you'll need to get oriented.

There are no ATMs or banking options for travellers, but in town there is an Agribank that can convert Dollars to Dong, though your host in the village is likely to be no stranger to the greenback. You will also find a money changer located in the central market, just look for the electronics shop and ask for Dong.

Agribank: Tieu Khu II, Mai Chau town. T: (0218) 386 7258 F: (0218) 386 7372. Hours: 07:00 to 11:30 and 13:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday

Internet is available at the Post Office for 3,000VND per hour, along with long distance telephone services .

Mai Chau Post Office: Tieu Khu II, Mai Chau town. T: (0218) 386 7091. Hours: 07:00 to 11:00, 13:30 to 17:00. Every day except public holidays.21:0

For any minor ailments there is a small hospital in Mai Chau along the main road, but for anything remotely serious, head to Hanoi.
Mai Chau Hospital: Khu IV, Mai Chau town. T: (0218) 386 7397

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