Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) is a really nice place but sadly, very few tourists know about this place yet. Another thing is that it is 4 hours bus ride away from Hanoi.
It can be rather inconvenient for tourists to travel especially the need to travel from My Dinh Bus Station in Hanoi. However, bus ride can be easy because the bus staff will guide you to reach to your destination. Mai Chau is a nice place great for enjoying the culture and relax because it is a quiet little town and filled with mostly locals. Bicycle trip is very welcomed here and therefore you can rent a bicycle and ride around the town.
Hire a bike and ride the flat roads and paths for hours. See how the locals live and be greeted by everyone you pass.
A very friendly town with plenty of culture in a village set back in time. Be sure to purchase scarves from the women who weave them from their homes and view the home made weapons. See the community working on their farm plots as the kids ride by heading to school. Definitely a destination not to be missed!