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Maichau's attractive points
Hoa Binh, located 80 km west of Hanoi, is the capital of Hoa Binh province where hilltribes of Thai, Muong, Dzao and H'Mong with colorful costumes and unique culture inhabit. Sipping Ruou Can (glutinous rice liquor out of jar through bamboo tubes) while enjoying traditional dances amidst the beating of gongs and cymbals is worth a try.
Mai Chau village of white Thai ethnic minority is 70 km from Hoa Binh. Their traditional stilt houses are large structures with grass roofs and polished bamboo floors. The kitchen is placed in the center of the house. Sunday market brings a lot of people into town to sell local products and features traditional Thai food, music and dancing.
Tribe's dancing in Maichau: Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. From the top of Cun Slope, one can admire the superb panorama of Mai Chau surrounded by a green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities, including the Thai ethnic group.
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 centre of the house, the cooking as well as the making of the colorful Indigo clothes, 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 dances.