Located to the northwest of Hanoi, the mountainous province of Hoa
Binh offers interesting experiences for tourists with picturesque stilt
houses and the hospitality of local people.
Dubbed as the cradle
of the ancient Muong ethnic group, Hoa Binh boasts nearly 200
historical relic sites and landscapes, of which 64 have been given
provincial and national statuses.
In addition, more than 50
villages and hamlets in the locality have been highly appreciated for
their community-based tourism potential.
Notably, Mai Chau district was named as one of the top ten incredible places for cultural tours by US Business Insider.
“Just three hours outside of the capital Hanoi , Mai Chau is a
mountainous region dotted with traditional stilt houses. Two ethnic
minority groups – the White Thai and Black Thai – make up the majority
of the population there,” Business Insider reported.
The Business Insider suggested the best way to immerse yourself in the region is through a homestay with local families.
The province is home to the Muong, Thai, Tay , Dao and Mong people, who live harmoniously with rich cultural values.
About 12km from the centre of Hoa Binh city, Giang Mo hamlet in
Binh Thanh commune, Cao Phong district, is popular among foreign
Here, the stilt houses of the Muong people are the
main attraction, with nearly 100 houses remains preserved despite ups
Such facilities and tools as water pipes, rice
mortars, crossbows and farming tools, plus festivals and traditional
practices offer new interesting experiences for tourists.
Visitors can go farther to Cu hamlet in Tu Ne commune, Tan Lac district and Thau hamlet in Lac Sy commune, Yen Thuy district.-VNA