There are many dozens of accommodation options in the villages, and more are being built as you read this. There's also a new luxury option near the village, and you can stay in a regular Vietnamese guesthouse in town if you like.
As you enter Poom Village from the main road a sign reads 'Mrs Chung Welcomes You. Ecotourism Homestay'. This is Guesthouse 1 and, whilst one of the best homestays we've found, we're not sure what makes it anymore ecotourism than any other homestay. Still it makes it easy to find and what you get is a choice between a large communal room and two smaller rooms with pleasant views of the adjacent... Read our full review of Guest House 1.
Vietnam Backpacker's Hostel have set up their own homestay in Mai Chau, primarily catering to guests on their package tours from Hanoi. But it's also open to other guests and is perfect if you want to stay away from the tourist trappings of the other villages and relax on a beanbag enjoying a beer. It's the standard homestay set-up but mattresses are a bit thicker, bedding less flowery and good... Read our full review of Backpackers' homestay.
Mai Chau Nature Place is a good addition to the Mai Chau accommodation scene for those wanting the village experience with a bit more comfort and privacy. Located in Lac 2 village, which has – at time of writing – been less affected by tourism than Lac 1 and Poom villages, Mai Chau Riverside Resort comprises private bungalows set around a garden – which will be pretty once they've finished... Read our full review of Mai Chau Nature Place - Riverside Resort.
A hop skip and a jump from Mai Chau lodge and the roadway to Poom village, Valley View is a cheaper alternative to the lodge for those not bothered about a pool, spa and fancy restaurant. All eight bedrooms have great views across the valley – opt for a higher room for better views, as long as you don't mind the stairs as there's no elevator – and although lacking in character rooms are... Read our full review of Valley View.
The family here is friendly and welcoming, despite the lack of English spoken. The main sleeping areas are spacious and clean with individual, double or group sized mosquito nets giving at least a small sense of privacy. Unfortunately the bathrooms let it down a bit as they're not the cleanest around, but they're adequate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be provided at a very reasonable cost,... Read our full review of Guest House 15.
This guesthouse is along the main drag into town, which can get a bit crowded during the day. It's a homey place that combines a large communal room with three private rooms so is ideal if you want a bit of privacy whilst still getting the full-on homestay experience -- including the queue for the showers in the morning. The private rooms tightly fit a double and single sleeping mat, on raised... Read our full review of Guest House 5.
We hummed and hawed about listing Guesthouse 32: the location, at the end of an alley, bodes well as through traffic will be light, and the pond alongside makes for a very attractive outlook, but we noticed a chicken coop out back, suggesting a risk of being woken early by cockerels. Still, given the walls of the homestays are hardly soundproof, that's a risk wherever you stay, so we decided the... Read our full review of Guesthouse 32.
Mai Chau Lodge goes by the slogan, Live the culture ... stay in comfort. Now, the whole point of staying in Mai Chau is the 'homestay' style experience you get in the villages, but some people don't do homestays, and for about 20 times the price for two people, they will get the comfort they are looking for. Rooms are cramped and a bit past their best but are well-equipped and decorated with dark... Read our full review of Mai Chau Lodge.
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