I went to Mai Chau for the last two days while waiting for Jason to arrive. Mai Chau is a rural farming area about 3 1/2 hours outside of Hanoi to the south. It’s surrounded by rice fields, mountains, and traditional Thai stilt houses.
I went on a leisurely bike ride around the village, taking in the breathaking scenery and quiet atmosphere. In the evening, we watched a performance of traditional dances of the H’Mong people.
This morning, we hiked up to a cave where the Vietnamese people hid weapons during the war with France. It was exactly 1,280 steps up to the cave. By the time I got up to the top, I was panting and covered in sweat, partly because I pushed myself to be the first one up, and partly because it was so hot outside. The guide said it normally takes about 30 minutes, but I did it in 17–wahoo!
Since I can’t post any pictures until I get back home, I found a picture online of Mai Chau. In fact, this picture is more beautiful than any pictures I took because there is still rice to be harvested. They had just harvested the rice 1-2 weeks before I arrived, so the fields were barren, as they are preparing to plant more.