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Located at the foot of Thung Khe Pass, between the green Da river and the majestic cliffs, Ba Khan appears as a beautiful watercolor painting. Ba Khan’s wild, dreamlike nature will fascinate travellers who love adventuring at their first sight. Close to nature with blue sky and fresh green water is surely a memorable experience.

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  1. Ba Khan – new land for travellers to discover

Ba Khan commune is in Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh province, located at the foot of Thung Khe Pass. Ba Khan is composed of three hamlets: Khan Ha, Khan Ho and Khan Thuong, along the Da river. With charming scenery and hilly mountains, Ba Khan is regarded as “Halong Bay on land” of Mai Chau.


Ba Khan is located at the foot of Thung Khe Pass – source: internet

You can go to Ba Khan in two ways: by car or by motorbike. Located between two famous tourism destinations – Mai Chau and Moc Chau, Ba Khan is described as a “sleeping fairy” by the combination of three small hamlets which is not well – known for tourists. Therefore, the scene of Ba Khan seems to be unaffected by tourism. If you departure from Hanoi, when arriving at the foot of Thung Khe pass, you can see the small board “Ba Khan 10km” on the right hand, then you go straight up this road. If you start from Mai Chau, you do not need to go back to Thung Khe Pass, you can go along 6 high way to Son La. Then, turn right at Dong Bang T – junction. Take this road to Phuc San clinics and then turn right and go along the side road. Passing 30km of this road, you will reach Ba Khan.


Stunning road to Ba Khan – source: internet

In the past, when the road in Ba Khan is old and muddy, which makes transportation here difficult, Ba Khan was forgotten in a long time. Now the trails were concreted, it is easier to come here to admire the wild and wonderful land.

  1. Peaceful nature in the simple villages.

Standing at Thung Khe Pass, you can easily recognize Ba Khan valley standing out with a beautiful green forest stretching for miles.

Travelling to Ba Khan, you will meet a small road running into the value. On the way transfer, the peaceful Thai stilts beside rugger rocks remind us of Ha Giang stone plateau. In the rugger rock fields, there are many small ponds filled with water lily. Next to the fascinating ponds, you will experience the paths through the sloping cliffs which look like two walls. Passing the road along the beautiful Da river, you will reach the center of Ba Khan.

Passing-the-tunning-road-along-Da-river- you-reach-the-center-of-Ba-Khan

Passing the tunning road along Da river, you reach the center of Ba Khan – Source: internet

Ba Khan is a colorful picture from the morning to the evening. Early in the morning, this place has the fanciful beauty with clouds covering the valley and the mountains. You will easily find many images which are different from bustling city such as flower fields in the rock, cattle farmers or the children playing together happily. At noon, when the sun shines brightly, the majestic nature appears wonderfully with flowing waterfall and the pleasant sounds of singing bird and flowing water.

In the heart of Ba Khan, you will admire a large plateau along Da river with rock islets like Halong Bay in miniature, Ba Khan has a circumference around 20km. Although it is not large, this 20 – km place is worth to experience and overnight camping.

Continue the next 10km through the bamboo forest, you will meet Tan Mai waterfall, also called as Go Lao or Go Mu. The white waterfall located in the area of Phuc San, at the end of Ba Khan flows from the top of mountain as a pillar of the sky. If you like, you can take a bath in cool, clean and fresh water.


Tan Mai waterfall is far from the center of Ba Khan 10 km to the North – source: internet

  1. Cuisine and activities at Ba Khan

In your journey to find the hidden beauty of Ba Khan, do not forget to enjoy some special food here because each Thai people are talent chefs. One of the most delicious ones is Da River roasted fish. It is caught from the lake, marinated with the spices of Thai People (including wild herbs, lotus seeds, lemongrass, peppers, etc.). After cleaning the scales, people dispose its bile and intestines then clamped by 2 fresh bamboo sticks, then roasted on hot charcoal. Eating this fish with three – color sticky rice and a unique “sauce” is surely an unforgotten experience. And it is so warmest when gathering around the fire with friends, roasting fish and singing together when the night falls.


Da river roasted fish – source: internet

You should travel to Ba Khan in March, April, November and December. At that time, Da river is so blue and fresh that you can see the bottom. It is high time when the bamboo trees start pouring out leaves.

Not far from Hanoi capital, Ba Khan valley is an ideal destination to explore the hidden nature. After walking along the path between the small houses of ethnic people, travellers can be relaxing with going fishing or taking photos. Those who are interested in the river can try the feeling of a boat man with services to visit Da river by floating rafts at reasonable prices.

Ba Khan owns the mixed beauty of many elements such as countryside – plains – ponds – waterfalls but the most special thing here is peace. I am surely that a weekend short trip to Ba Khan will bring you many unforgotten memories of a lost paradise.


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Travelling is meaningful journey, bringing new and valuable experiences to life. After each time, I feel more mature, I change in positive ways about my outlook on life as a whole. I want to share something interesting if you’re happy or sad, alone or even in a group. You can always take a trip to regain your balance in life.

One of the best excursions I highly recommend that you can take is to Mai Chau. In this heaven on earth, you can let yourself get away from these crowded backpacker hubs, and to immerse in authentic natural and cultural setting of Mai Chau. You will stay in very comfortable lodge next to rice paddies and close to authentic ethnic minority villages of the Thai people. You really feel like you’re stepping back into a simpler world and that’s what makes it truly special. I really enjoyed the quiet and peaceful space even if it can be touristy sometimes. Just take a bus from Hanoi, visit here and explore yourself

Valley Mai Chau, Hoa Binh

Valley Mai Chau, Hoa Binh – source: internet

From Hanoi- the capital city of Vietnam, it takes you more than 3 hours by car to Mai Chau. Maybe it is a long trip, but after that time, you will feel not disappointed in the magical landscape here. Mai Chau- a mountainous district is familiar to the travellers who have traveled the road to explore the Northwest. Located in Hoa Binh province, Mai Chau is the home of 6 ethnics such as Muong, Thai, Kinh, Tay, Dao, H’Mong but Thai ethnic is the majority because they have occupied the valley for hundreds of years. Mai Chau climate change year round not too big, so you can come here all the time of the year. April and November are two of best moments in the year for travelling.

Mai Chau valley is not only known as a beautiful natural place, but it is also famous for the beauty of rice field through the time. There are two crops in a year so that there are two periods of time which is good for photos hunters. If you come to Mai Chau in March or August, it will be green beautiful, and Vietnamese often compare it with the girl in the age of 17. The rice field will change from green to yellow in May or in October. The rice harvest time is coming soon. Coming to Mai Chau that time, you can see golden paddy-field stretch away to the horizon. The local farmers start harvesting on the fields. You can rent a bicycle or motorbike to explore the area. Biking through the villages and rice fields of Mai Chau, you can’t get over the beauty in all of this greenery. Checking out the amazing photos of valley view with golden rice fields from the beginning to the harvest time, you’ll understand how incredible view of Mai Chau. If you visit Mai Chau without a camera, I’m sure that it will be your missing because there are lots of things you want to take. Remember to travel Mai Chau in the right time to see its inconceivable beauty of rice paddies, water buffalo and people working in the field and take part in some farming activities. Let’s try once time to become the local farmer by growing or harvesting rice. That will be a unique and new experience you never forget in your life.

New experience with local farmers

New experience with local farmers – source: internet

You’re wondering where you will stay in Mai Chau? How about the hotel service or accommodation here? Don’t worry about it. There are a lot of choices for you. If you want to experience the local life, you should choose a stilt houses that are accommodated with bedding, fan, TV, etc. Most of Mai Chau’s stilts houses are located in Lac Village. Every house is high, dry and built with firm wooden pillars. From many years ago, the stilts houses were built in order to provide protection against rising water and dangerous animals. The floors are made of bamboo and the roofs are covered with rattan leaves. They all provide the same service at reasonable price so you don’t need to hesitate much to choose one. Staying here, you have chance to see all of daily activities of local people, find out more about the living style and customs as well. Stilt houses in Mai Chau usually have a private space for cooking service. Tourists can either select ready – made meals or order your favorite dishes. If you want to take a quiet place, hotels in Mai Chau are also a good choice for you. They are the same in appearance, except for Mai Chau Ecolodge which is more natural and good – looking. The services in those hotels are quite good, including massage and restaurant services…., you can find out more on tripadvisor.com. Team building is the most preferred outdoor activity if you are going in a big group. Some hotels in Mai Chau offer boating service in Hoa Binh Lake, which will bring interesting moments of discovering waterways to tourist. Besides, campaign is also an ideal option. Most of your hosts in Mai Chau can prepare campfire depend on your request. Your campfire is much more interesting and successful if you bring along some sweet potato, corns or sugar cane to grill on the fire.

One of the most favourite team building activities in Mai Chau

One of the most favourite team building activities in Mai Chau – source: internet

Besides joining some team building activities, you can visit some historical places to find out more about the history and the living style as well. The Thai ethnic museum is the best recommend to visit there. Opened every day from 8am to 9pm, Thai ethnic museum is considered as a living museum, attract a lot of visitors. Precious objects on display were collected by Thai people. All displayed objects mingle and supplement one another to create a colorful and diversified picture of cultural specific characteristics.

Travel to Mai Chau, you also have chance to try the traditional clothes of Thai and Muong ethnics. With only 1 dollar, you can hire many colorful clothes of different ethnic groups to wear and take some photos for memory. After that, let’s go to the local market, try some delicious foods with the specialties of the mountains including Muong porks, fish living in the stream, rice in the bamboo stick or colorful sticky rice…All of them are very tasty

Pretty girls in the traditional clothes of Thai ethnic

Pretty girls in the traditional clothes of Thai ethnic – source: internet

During the night, tourists can have short rest to enjoy some drinks or have a wonderful opportunity to join the dancing party of local villagers. Dancing is a part of life and festivals. Along with the rhythms of folk songs and folk dances which are performed by the local beautiful boys and girls, your excitement will peak with a festive atmosphere. The dances symbolize their daily dreams, health, happiness, prosperity and love. You don’t know how to dance. Don’t worry. The local dancers are willing to show you. You will have the best experience by enjoy traditional dance as well as drink Can wine- the local wine

Bamboo dancing show - the cultural features of Thai people

Bamboo dancing show – the cultural features of Thai people – source: internet

Are you interested in Mai Chau? I am sure you will have a memorable 2 – day holiday with this perfect choice of destination.

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