The beauty of the ancient villages of Mai Chau - Hoa Binh

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Mai Chau valley (Hoa Binh province) attracts tourists by its peaceful beauty with fresh mountain air.

Mai Chau is a beautiful valley that dazzles visitors. Not only seduce visitors with the rustic beauty of the mountains and forests, the shyness of the mountain women, but also attracted by the warm hearts of the people here. Coming to Mai Chau valley, you will have a trip to discover the wonderful beauty, culture and cuisine of Mai Chau.

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1. Lac village

Lac village - one of the most beautiful ancient villages in Mai Chau - Hoa Binh. About 120 km from the center of Hanoi city to the northwest, located in the tourist center of Mai Chau, Lac village becomes a must-visit resort destination for those who want to find their own peace of mind. Relaxing, peaceful minutes after hours of tiring work in the office.

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Lac village is the most beautiful tourist village in Mai Chau/
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Lac village is the place where the cultural identity of the white Thai people is imprinted. The 5 Thai ethnic families living in Lac village are Ha, Lo, Vi, Mac, and Loc. Up to now, the copy has existed for 700 years. Previously, the villagers only lived on upland rice cultivation and brocade weaving, later the hidden beauty of Lac village was gradually discovered by tourists. Today, everyone in the village works in tourism and the name Lac village is one of the key tourist areas in Mai Chau.

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The Black Thai people in Lac village are famous for weaving brocade patterns. Vibrant patterns, presented in a variety of colors, with extremely intricate and sophisticated patterns on the black background fabric, create instant delight for the lucky visitors. see it firsthand. Straight, diagonal, horizontal and vertical contours with a very symmetrical layout, parallel lines sewn very close together, prove that the skill level of the artisan has reached a certain high level.

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Hidden beauty through traditional brocade costumes/
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The meaning of the pattern layers is also clearly shown. The theme depicted here may be related to the harmony of yin and yang, the prosperous development of the natural world, the beauty of people, the people's feelings and emotions... Shapes and colors of Thai brocade products are arranged with a certain consistency, creating a clear contrast on the lines without forgetting to send aesthetic elements in them.

Coming to Lac village, tourists will experience a unique type of accommodation, right on the hillside. As a beauty lover, want to discover and experience the beauty of the local culture under the poetic and lyrical setting of the hills, you are "required" to stay at these stilt houses once.

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Usually, the houses on stilts in Lac village are designed in the traditional style of the Thai people: with tile roofs, almost 100% of the materials used to build houses are precious woods, 9 steps. The stairs leading to the house also have a separate meaning. Some apartments also separate two types of stairs leading up to the house: 1 staircase leading to the living room, and 1 additional staircase leading to the kitchen.

2. Poom Coong village

Pom Coong means the village of the hills lying on a large drum, implying the field - a name rich in figurative and meaningful meanings. Pom Coong has been known as a cultural village, a tourist village, an attractive destination for tourists from all over the world with nearly 70 households and more than 300 people.

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Wake up early in the morning and look towards the vast fields of Pom Coong village/
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Coming to Pom Coong village, you will surely be amazed by the beauty of the vast fields. Traditionally, the Thai ethnic people build their houses against the hillside. To live, they take advantage of the large land in front of the house to grow rice, unintentionally creating an irresistible attraction of the valley, when the green color of the fields is in the growing stage, sometimes the golden color. A whole corner of the sky signaled the arrival of the harvest season.

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A specialty that can't be found anywhere other than Mai Chau: five-color sticky rice. Each color in sticky rice represents a different meaning. Red is the desire to live, purple is for abundance, yellow for fullness, white for fidelity, and blue for the Northwest mountains. Seven-color sticky rice is often worn by locals on formal occasions such as Tet, weddings, etc.

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The colors in sticky rice represent a different meaning/
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Although these colors can be completely independent, the five-color sticky rice has never separated into separate individuals. It shows the solidarity and attachment between ethnic minorities living and developing in Mai Chau - Hoa Binh.

3. Van village

Van village is one of the new tourist attractions in Mai Chau - Hoa Binh. If you want to find yourself a really quiet, fresh space, still intact the pure value of the scenery of heaven and earth, then Van village is an ideal destination for you.

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Ban Van is home to more than 94 households, 376 people, divided into 5 groups. The Thai people account for 99% of the population, playing a key role in the unique culture of the village. You can easily recognize the populations of houses on stilts interspersed with the scenery of the mountains. At the same time, the daily activities of the people of Van village, such as rice cultivation, animal husbandry, cloth weaving, etc., are also interesting points to attract tourists to combine relaxation with community tourism in Van - Mai Chau village.

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Currently, in Van village, traditional embroidery and weaving are still kept. The women often work under the family's stilt house. This profession also gives many women a higher income than before because more and more tourists prefer and use hand-woven brocade fabrics. The local people are very friendly and hospitable. This is one of the things that make visitors come here to love Van village, because the people here are sincere, honest and likeable.

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Coming to Van village, visitors must definitely enjoy the dishes that have made the culture of this land such as Muong pork, hill chicken, stir-fried wild bee pupae with sour bamboo shoots, Lam rice, upland sticky rice... Each of these dishes have different flavors but bring the same rustic charm of this place.

Coming to the ancient villages in Mai Chau - Hoa Binh, you have the opportunity to experience many different cultural characteristics. But in general, the wild, rustic, beautiful scenery and people with many hidden things to explore are the common points between the villages. If you love to experience a unique and natural traditional culture, Mai Chau is truly a tourist destination you must visit once in your life.

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