Would you like to be close to the nature? Trekking ways will lead you through jungles, rice fields, green lakes or a variety of farms of local inhabitants.
1. Mai Chau Valley
Over 100 km from Hanoi along high way number 6, after only 3 hours driving you will arrive in Mai Chau on the height of 1000m from water level. From the Thung Nhuoi Pass, Mai Chau appears at your own sight such a beautiful picture with numerous mountains and Hills, zigzag trails, villages, lakes, gardens, and rice fields changing colors in different seasons.
If you wish to harmonize into daily activities of Thai people, you are cordially invited to Lac village, Van village, Nhot village ... warm houses with hospitable owners will bring you to a fanciful world in Northwest of Vietnam. Night camp fire will make you joyful, special wine will make you drunk and nice songs will bring you sweet dreams.
Have you ever attended a traditional Market? To satisfy your curiosity, take a tour to Pa Co market. The market time is the festival of minorities, all products made by Thai and H'Mong people will be best souvenirs to your relatives and friends. And from Mai Chau it will be easy for visitors to reach Son La and Dien Bien Phu battle field and discover ethnic minorities full of mysteries
2. Thung Nai
Thung Nai is another ideal spot for ecotourism which ones can get there by travelling on romantic green surface of Da River through winding currents and wonderful view along its sides. Thung Nai is especially suitable for tourists who seek for peaceful relaxing time with family or friends, forgetting all about the stresses of busy life and enjoying stunning natural wonder. Thung Nai is also regarded as “Ha Long Bay on land”.
3. Kim Boi hot springs
For those who want to take a day off after long tiring journeys, Kim Boi Hot spring is the right place. With a 30km drive from Hoa Binh town, tourists can easily access Ha Bi commune, Kim Boi district. The district covers an area of 682 km2 and lies in the hot spring of a mineral stream.
Clear water continually spouts from the fountains, normally between 340C and 360C. According to some scientific tests, Kim Boi water resources can reach the required standard for quality; therefore, it proves to be suitable for drinking and bathing. In fact, the Kim Boi mineral water is bottled for refreshment. It has almost the same composition as certain famous foreign brands of mineral water in the world. In addition, it is believed that heated water can hold more dissolved solids and have a high mineral content including calcium or lithium or radium. As a result, this water is considerable as a highly effective therapy for rheumatism, intestinal diseases, stomachache, high blood pressure etc. This can even be a good location for rehabilitation clinics for those with disabilities.
As for tourists, depending on their budget they can choose to stay at any hotels in the resort area. Wherever they are, the same point is that they can hear the sound of water spouting out, which is very relaxing. Being immersed in a large mineral water deposit of Kim Boi stream is also not unmemorable for every visitor. Certainly, no one will refuse to spend time in such a spot!
4. Hoa Binh Reservoir.
Have you ever heard the name "Ha long bay in Mountain"? This is Hoa Binh reservoir. This is the biggest man-made reservoir in Vietnam that not only supplies water for the Hydro-electric power plant in Hoa Binh but also an attractive tourist destination. With the length of 230 km, the surface area is 230 km 2 between numorous mountains and forests around cloud-covered and hundred islands spread just like Ha long Bay. Apart from that, there are many villages of ethnic minorities such as Muong Thai ,Dzao... along two river sides still preserve traditional life styles .
Tourist may stay overnight on board to admire romantic moon-nights and enjoy locally typical food or relax yourself in houses on stilts to listen to folk songs, to dink pine wine or to take part in traditional dances of local inhabitants.
You can feel the imposing beauty of Hoa Binh reservoir area as first sun rays emerge though clouds to lighten reservoir surface or dye it violet at nightfall.
5. Muong minority hamlet
Situated in Binh Thanh commune, at the foot of the Mo mountain and 12 km away from Hoa Binh town. Giang Mo village has got 100 houses in their original form with daily activities, hand-made water conducting system, water rice mortars, bows and Cross-bows, farming and traditional festivals and practices of Muong ethnic group.
You can visit any families you wish to, where you will be warmly welcomed. You ca also watch folk arts and culture, buy souvenirs made by Muong people themselves. Even more interesting is listening to the host's fluting, playing their traditional musical instruments next to the most fragrant "can wine" jar (pine wine). The most distinguished is its peaceful and dreamlike atmosphere, which will bring you to a safe and casting world, 1 km far from Muong village is Red Dzao - A tourist destination that has usually been reached by visitors for many years.