Mai Chau

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.


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