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Mai Chau questions

Posted by ramrod on 24/1/2011 at 22:47

Would like to go from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh, is this possible by direct bus ?

Or by private car or taxi , any idea how much tis will cost , can i arange this in Mai Chau?

Any suggestions for a guesthouse or hotel in Mai Chau, clean and not to noisy if possible ,max $25 pn

Witch area around Mai Chau is recommended,for a nice walk throu paddy fields/terraces ?


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Posted by daawgon on 26/1/2011 at 03:20

It's all possible - the public bus is fine. I took it from Mai Chau to Hanoi last year, and there's one to Ninh Binh too. Most people take a tour, but you can do it on your own too. The White Thai Villages are the most popular places - no problem with noise in this valley (it might be too quiet!) The only real hotel here is rather posh, but they now have this homestay hotel too.

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Posted by joetran on 26/1/2011 at 14:29

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There is a short cut from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh that common route for loacl bus. The local transport can be arranged from homestay or guest house. For accommodation, you can stay in Mai Chau lodge if budget permits, but best to stay at Homestay with local, much cheaper and cultutral experience. Meals can be arranged with homestay too. People usually stay in Lac village but if you find it too touristy, you can move to next door village named Pong Kong which is much quieter.
There are couple of routes for soft walking in Mai chau to visit, ask for Van village or Mai village for direction. Nice and easy walk
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Posted by ramrod on 26/1/2011 at 14:53

Ok thx ,very help full .

Is this bus a direct bus or do i have to change busses , do you have any idea how much a private car or taxi wil cost ?

I like to stay in a homestay or small hotel , i found Mai Chau Nature Place home stay ,they have also private rooms , looks very nice .

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Posted by daawgon on 27/1/2011 at 02:56

The only problem I had in Mai Chau was that no one spoke any English, but the locals were certainly very friendly. I don't know the details of the bus, and chances are you will pay an inflated "tourist" price. Private cars are not very expensive - I would guess $50. to Ninh Binh vs pennies for the bus. The most enjoyable way to see the area is on a bike, and all homestays let you use them free. My complaint about the area was that it was just too quiet for a solo traveler. Take it easy with that moonshine - the local rice wine is potent!

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Posted by ramrod on 28/1/2011 at 20:03

Just got a price quot from someone and his price was $90 for the Mai Chau -Ninh Binh
transport ,looks way to much to me , well i have to search some more on this one i think .

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Posted by MaiChauNaturePlace on 7/4/2011 at 15:40

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There is 1 public bus straight from Mai Chau to Ninh Binh each day. It leaves at 5am from the town bus station in Mai Chau (across from the market). It takes about 3.5 hours and costs 80,000. (dont get ripped off!)

There is another way but you have to take 2 buses. The first from Mai Chau to Tan Lac, which is only a 30km short bus ride for 30,000. Then the 2nd bus is from Tan Lac to Ninh Binh costs 60,000.

to make it alittle easier, say this
toi muon di Ninh Binh = I want to go to Ninh Binh
dat qua = too expensive

If you are looking for a non public bus option, Manh works in Mai Chau and arranges private car transportation to Ninh Binh and other destinations 0946888804

@ramrod, glad you enjoyed your room in mai chau nature place

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Posted by duong on 9/4/2011 at 10:54

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I agree with Mai Chau Nature place abou the transfer from Mai chau to Ninh Binh.

For your accommodation in Mai Chau, there are only 2 options for you:

+ Homestay with the local people => Most tourists would like to do this option as it will bring them new experiences for their travelling, explore the daily life of the enthic people, learn more about the traditional, culture....

+ Guest house or eco lodge: There are some guest house in Mai Chau town for you just incase you do not like to do the homestay. There is Mai Chau Lodge located quite close to Poom Coong Village. It is a nice lodge, comfortable than guest house or homestay but it's cost is quite high.

You could do walking or biking to visit Mai Chau town, local market, villages surrounding....

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