Location: In Hoa Binh Province,
approximately 135km from Hanoi and 60km from Hoa Binh City.
Characteristics: From the top of Cun Pass, one can admire the superb
panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many
minorities, including the Thai ethnic group, live in Lac Village.
Coming to Lac Village, you will see stilt houses border both sides of the roads.
The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors.
The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the
making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their
clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with
patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish. The Sunday market brings a
lot of people into town. People from different minorities living in the
mountains come to Mai Chau market to sell their specific products: honey,
bananas, corn, and tho cam made by skilled Thai women. The Sunday market is also
an occasion to enjoy traditional Thai dishes and to participate in traditional