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  • Hanoi
  • Mai Chau
  • Pu Luong Nature Reserve
  • Villages Meo & Na Mo
  • Hanoi

Experience an off the beaten track stay in a low tourist area of breathtaking beauty and live three days immersed in this pristine nature setting while you share the lifestyle and customs of diverse local ethnic minority groups.


Day 1 - Hanoi > Mai Chau (L-D)

You leave Hanoi and drive west via Hoa Binh City to Mai Chau where you enjoy a lunch-with-a-view. The meal consists of local dishes prepared by your hostesses of the 'White Thai' minority group. This afternoon you explore the village on a bike and before the evening meal is served, you will discover more about their lifestyle and time-honoured traditions. Or you spend the night in a private bungalow.

Standard Hotel:  Sunrise Village (Superior Valley View Bungalow)
Superior Hotel:  Ecolodge (Breakfast)

Day 3 - Mai Chau > Pu Luong Nature Reserve (B-L-D)

After breakfast, you reach Pu Luong Nature Reserve, 35 km from Mai Chau. Located in an area of outstanding beauty and high biodiversity, this reserve offers rich forests, limestone panoramas, beautiful rice paddies and breath-taking scenery. After lunch at Hang Village, you continue your exploration deep into the Pu Luong Nature Reserve and visit one of the local minority villages. You return to Mai Chau.

Standard Hotel:  Sunrise Village (Superior Valley View Bungalow)
Superior Hotel:  Ecolodge (Breakfast)

Day 3 - Mai Chau > Hanoi (B-L)

You wake up in the heart of nature, isn’t that an amazing feeling? After breakfast, you explore two of the more remoted rural villages, Meo and Na Mo, in the company of your local guide; another opportunity to get to know about their culture and customs in depth. Before returning to Mai Chau homestay for lunch and check-out you visit the local market. Enjoy some free time remaining to relax before your private transfer to Hanoi.

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Hotels & Meals

In Laos, sticky rice (khao niao) is very popular. Laotians have traditionally eat with their (right) hand (s). If there is cutlery on the table, it is usually only a spoon and a fork. With the fork, slide your food unto the spoon. Then put the spoon in your mouth (never the fork). Chop sticks are used for eating feu or any other noodle soup. There is no fixed order in serving dishes.

Bia hoi
: pavement pubs where fresh beer is produced daily and served cold in small, local bars. Not particularly alcoholic but very refreshing.
Banh mi: baguette style sandwich with meat, veggies and herbs (sometimes sambal), a remnant of French colonial times.
Banh Xeo: filled pancakes
Chà Cá: White fish noodles
Com hen: rice served with clams. Popular in Hue.
Goi Cuon : translucent spring rolls
Nuoc Mam: fermented fish sauce, widely used
Nom Hua Chuoi: Banana flower salad
Pho: an omnipresent noodle soup usually with beef
Saigon Beer & rice wine

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 1 month at the date of your arrival.All Belgian travellers need a visa for Vietnam !

    Please be informed that customers who book a Connections day-by-day tour receive an invitation letter with which they can apply and pay for the visa-upon-arrival in Vietnam. Travellers who book flights only will not receive the former mentioned letter. As such the acquisition of an online visa is mandatory for them. In case a (typing )mistake has been made in any of the personal details filled out on the visa application form, you must re-apply for a visa via the official site. The Immigration Authorities in Vietnam are very strict on this matter. Please note it usually takes up to 3 days to acquire this visa! 

    Belgian citizens who book flights only can apply for an e-visa via the official website of the government. Please access this link for the list of countries and this link for the list of ports that allow e-visa. The online e-visum a well as the visum upon-arrival cost 25USD/person (subject to change). No refund is given should access to the country be refused.. Please kindly note the e-visa is applied for 1-month single-entry visa only. 

  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and/or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously reported this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.


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The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

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Time Zones

+5 h (summer); +6 h (winter)



Vietnamese Dong (VND) 100.000 VND = 3.94 EUR & 1 EUR = 25372 VND (01/05/2020)

Payment method

There are no coins in circulation. Credit cards are mainly accepted in top hotels and restaurants in Vientiane and Luang Prabang. In these cities you can also pin. The north and the Laos' countryside have hardly any,if any, ATMS. It is good to carry cash euros, and even better US dollars or Thai baht. Dollar bills must be new and non-creased. The latest series (old dollar bills, or folded / crooked bills cannot be exchanged). You get a better exchange rates for 50 and 100 dollar bills. Smaller dollar bills are useful for souvenirs.


In modest restaurants a tip is uncommon. You do give a tip to the bell man and room personnel at hotels. Local guides and drivers appreciate a tip too.


The Laos rainy season lasts from May to October with occasional heavy showers. The countryside is very green then and the rice paddies look fabulous. The dry season falls between November and the end of April. March and April are the warmest months of the year with temperatures well above 30 ° C. At high altitudes, however, it may still freeze at night.

Average Temperature (°C):

Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Phnom Penh
28 29 30 31 31 30 30 30 29 29 28 27
23 26 28 31 31 30 29 29 29 28 26 23


What's included?

  • 2 nights accommodation at Mai Chau Sunrise Village, Superior Valley View
  • Private transferts
  • The listed meals (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = Dinner)
  • The programmed excursions & English speaking guide
  • Admission and bike
  • Water + refreshing towels (2 bottles + 2 towels/day)

What's not included?

Visa, personal expenses, tipping, beverages (besides those mentioned in text).

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