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Mai Chau Home stay 2 DAYS
Trip Code: T-850
Destination: Mai chau
Valid Date Till: 31/12/2018

Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 60 km from Hoa Binh. Hoa Binh is a mountainous province located in the North. It is bordered by Son La in the West, Phu Tho and Ha Tay in the North, Ha Nam and Ninh Binh in the East, and Thanh Hoa in the South. The culture of Hoa Binh combines six minorities first and foremost the Thai with their own languages, traditional literature, and festivals

Hoa Binh is a culture of many ethnic groups, with over 60% Muong people. Muong culture and those of other ethnic groups have been incorporated and formed distinctive features of Hoa Binh Culture. Ethnic colours of Hoa Binh culture include brass drum, Cong Chieng, Epics, culture of feeding, housing and dressing and other cultural diversification.

 

There are 112 brass drums discovered in Hoa Binh at present. In the old day, brass drum was highly regarded. It was used as a music instrument and in great part of important festivals and ceremonies: sacrificial offering to the God, praying for rain, gauds and burial rites. Brass drum was a symbol of power, wealth and influence. The sound of brass drum was order urging the army onward when the country was invaded by enemies, burial belonging of the dead. For this reason, brass drum has social and religious meaning.

 

Cong Chieng presents in all activities of the community: “sac bua”, wedding, funeral, hunting, wood pulling, new hocelebration, trance festival, time of natural calamities and enemy-inflicted destruction. Especially in Hoa Binh spring festival, there go Cong guid and Chieng guid to wish everyone Happy New Year (called “Sac Bua” Guid). In folk cultural activities, distinguished by De Dat and De Nuoc epic that describes and explains the original of universe, human and all beings with spiritual and legendary conceptions.

 

Muong people in Hoa Binh live on piled houses that were legendarily called as Rua houses including 4 roofs 3 stories according to the old conception on 3 layers and 4 universes of Muong ethnic group. It was in Muong land that exist a strange calendar called called as Sao Doi: one day backward and 3 months forward. In drinking and eating, Can wine and steamed rice were daily food of the old Muong people. Muong women are well dressed in fine and precise embroidered skirts like designs on the surfaces of Dong Son brass drums. Thai ethnic group live on piled houses as Muong ethnic group but they are larger and more methodical.

 

Their costumes are multiform and extremely original with birds, beasts, vegetation and sun. Their waist-bands and Pieu handkerchief are two perfect works of art. Thai ethnic group has many festivals with distinctive colors: Firing festival, wedding, new rice festival, throwing braid ball, and dancing with fans. Thai stretching dance is of the most attractive. Being treated with steamed fish and bitter bamboo sprouts in Thai villages, you are surely their distinguished guests. Many Thai villages in Mai Chau have attracted and astonished visitors by its natural beauty and original life style of Thai people.

 

Meanwhile,  in giving birth to any baby, Dao people usually organize for offerings to pray for its growth in mutual love and compassion. Jump Tet is another original culture of Dao people, it is held in several families but regarded as common Tet of local inhabitants. They all eat, drink and dance cheerfully in 3 consecutive days.

Coming on this occasion, visitors will find hard to refthe enthusiastic invitation of the host, only when you have fully eaten and drunk do they let you to leave.

DAY 1: HANOI-MAI CHAU- POONG COONG
Depart from Hanoi this morning and heading the north west for Mai chau and Hoa binh mountain, some 3hours away from Hanoi, on arrival to the village of Thai people at Poong coong village, relax and take a walking tour to visit the village and people, a great chance to learn of how people live? Lunch is served by a local Thai family, next we will start our hiking to visit some near by villages such as Xo, Lac the home of Thai ethnic people. Dinner and if there is any music and dancing show by local band, will be great chance to join with. Overnight in Poong coong (L/D)
DAY 2: HANG KIA H'MONG VILLAGES- HANOI
Have breakfast at local home stay and next will be free on your own of sightseeing the village and next will be lunch, after lunch will heading for visiting the village of H'mong ethic group in Hang Kia. H’Mong ethnic group is residing on high mountain tops. Their clothes are designed in unusual patterns. It is practice of H’Mong men to “catch” wife-a very interesting custom and a consent to enhance the value of local girls. H’Mong people are the inventor of Cu Quay-a lively game attracting many participants. Pan-pipe playing and dancing convey many emotions and present a unique culture. Pan-pipe is a confidant of H’Mong people that has been imprinted in each habit and lifestyle of H’Mong people. tour ends, drive back Hanoi and arrival at late afternoon.(B/L)
Tour prices in low season/(Per/person)
( Low season from 1 May- 1 Sept)
Hotel rates/group 1 Star 2 Star 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
2 Paxs258 $----------------
4 Paxs173 $----------------
6 Paxs138 $----------------
8 Paxs121 $----------------
Single Supplement90 $0 $0 $0 $0 $

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BOOKING TOURS FORM
Number of adults
Number of children (Under 12 years old/ 50% of adult fare)
Hotel Category
Number of SingleSupplement
Arrival Date

Tour prices in high season/(Per/person)
(High season from 2 Sept- 31 April)
Hotel rates/group 1 Star 2 Star 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
2 Paxs258 $----------------
4 Paxs173 $----------------
6 Paxs138 $----------------
8 Paxs121 $----------------
Single Supplement90.2 $0.0 $0.0 $0.0 $0.0 $

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BOOKING TOURS FORM
Number of adults
Number of children (Under 12 years old/ 50% of adult fare)
Hotel Category
Number of SingleSupplement
Arrival Date
Hotels or Similar Standard
Hotel namesCategoryRoom typeLocation
Mai Chau Home-stay (Thai Villages)1Rustic Home-stayHOA BINH
Inclusion

All Private transportation and transfers with well-trained drivers
Homestay in Thai ethnic villages ( Very Rustic- Clean with hot water, use for tourist)
Meals As in detailed itinerary - Home cook ( B= Breakfast, L= Lunch and D= Dinner)
English speaking guide
Relevant permits and fees

Exclusion

Travel insurance
Personal expenses
Tips and gratuities
Other Drinks (in local family such as beer, wine..)

Note
BOOKING TERMS


Vietnampathfinder commitment is the delivery of bespoke, safe and best services
With a focus on experience, guest safety, quality control and service delivery,  we will check every details to make sure that our travel sevices or your booking travel with us a most enjoyable. Each request is dutifully responded to within 24 hours unless negotiations and special requests are required on your behalf; our team of Vietnampathfinder will ultimately inform and follow up or you also can call us any time at 084. 913323 977 (Mr Pham).
 

Payment

20% of the total tour cost to be deposited upon commitment of the tour, this deposit is non-refundable. The remaining 80% of the total tour cost to be paid 45 days (for FIT Booking ) and 60 Days (for GIT Booking) prior to arrival date. If booked less than 45 days from arrival, full payment is required immediately.

Where deposits and advance payments are required from contractors/third parties, these will also be invoiced to the client for payment (in addition to the 20% deposit). This will be required for Vietnampathfinder to secure services contractors/third parties. Pre-payment procedures during high/peak seasons may also vary, depending on the accommodation policy to guarantee the booking. Vietnampathfinder will inform you accordingly about this for each individual case.


We do accept payment methods:

 

+ Bank transfer = 25$/ 1 time bank fees/ whole amount (takes 3 days to complete and easy, this is low bank fees for big amount)

+ Credit card = 2.7% bank fees is levied in addition to the invoiced amount. Kindly make sure you include the invoice number or contact our Accounting Department for an invoice number so that your payment can be identified. Please also check with the bank who issued your credit card to ensure that no other bank fee is applied.

+ Paypayl online = 4.7%, fast but high fees

+Cash on arrival:  50% deposit for booking services (after confirmation) and the balance by cash on arrival Vietnam ( collect by tour guides, drivers directly from tour leader or your clients).


Cancellations & Refunds

Any cancellations should be made in writing to VietnamPathfinder Travel (email at: info@vietnampathfinder.com ). Cancellations beyond your control subject to Force Majeure can be covered under travel insurance. We recommend you buy Travel insurance before you complete payment of your travel and review its relevant product disclosure statement.


For FIT booking (group of less than 14 People travel together)

Cancellation fees of loss of deposit will be applied if a confirmed booking is cancelled 22 days or more prior to arrival date

For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 21 - 15 days prior to arrival date, loss of 50% of the total tour cost will be applied.

For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 14 - 8 days prior to arrival date, loss of 75% of the total tour cost will be applied.

Vietnampathfinder reserves the right to claim 100% of the total tour cost should the cancellation happen within 7 days before departure.

For GIT booking (group from 14 People up travel together)

Cancellation fees of loss of deposit will be applied if a confirmed booking is cancelled 60 days or more prior to arrival date

For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 60 - 31 days prior to arrival date, loss of 50% of the total tour cost will be applied.

For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 30 - 15 days prior to arrival date, loss of 75% of the total tour cost will be applied.

Vietnampathfinder reserves the right to claim 100% of the total tour cost should the cancellation happen within 14 days before departure.

Depending on airlines, hotels, cruises and third party cancellation policies, the above conditions may be modified on application. Vietnampathfinder will aim to negotiate with suppliers to waive or minimize these charges to you at best.


Refund & Non-Refundable


+ Any refund may takes from 15 days to 3 Months and We reserve the right to modify these refund policy without prior notice.

+ A Non-refundable  of 100 USD for booking tours when complete the booking confirmation


Hotel Ratings & Accommodation

Although hotels/guest houses/accommodation in the region may provide you with information about their qualification, the properties used and offered by Vietnampathfinder in this part of the world may not all have official star qualification issued by an official government-accredited hotel association in the country of operation. Vietnampathfinder provide you with its own internal star qualification which is based on its own experience and certain criteria to ensure you have an interpretation of the qualification. Vietnampathfinder cannot be held liable in any way for this star qualification.

There are limited hotels/resorts, with standard triple rooms in their inventory. These are commonly double/twin rooms with an extra (rollaway) bed, limiting space within the room. Please inform all concerned accordingly to correctly manage expectations. Extra bed rates / triple sharing room rates are available in the confidential tariff.

Single room supplements are indicated in the confidential tariff. It is common that the provided rooms are twin/double rooms for single use only.

Preferences such as smoking/non-smoking, interconnecting rooms, king-size beds, and location of the room cannot be guaranteed or confirmed in advance and are subject to hotel policy and availability at time of check-in.

Hotels or Similar Standards, this mean, we will book your accommodation in a similar hotel standards that based on room, service quality and star category, we will email to inform and will only confirm when get final decision from you before block the services.

Child Policies
( Must be under 12 years old upon travelling date)

We will apply the tour rates as following when you process booking online our packages

* Child in half twin shared with 01 adult                           100% of adult fare

* Child in extra bed, shared room with 02 adults               75% of adult fare

* Child without bed, shared room with 02 adults               50% of adult fare

* Complementary for kid under 5years old shared bed with parents

As you can see when booking online, we only charge the child with 50% of adult fare and accept this term, mean, the hotel room will arrange with a twin or double bed (or without an extra bed) and your Child will share room with 02 adults (Parents).
So, if you will request an extra bed after completed our online booking, we will add surcharge further of 25% of adult fare and this payment will be collected on arrival


Last Minutes Booking Policies

Last minutes bookings if the bookings are made in 72 hours, 48 hours or 24 hours before departure

Less than 24 hours before your trip departure, please email us  at: info@vietnampathfinder.com or Call at 084 913323977, we shall inform with our available services that with the same quality, standard as the package tours or any our travel services you wish to book on our website: www.vietnampathfinder.com, before process the final booking.

Refund and amendment will not be applied for last minute bookings.

 

Compulsory at Peak Season & Surcharge

Hotels or Boats (Halong bay, Mekong delta) will request during Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year period, we will inform you via email this special surcharge and your own account
 

Trip Highlights

 

 


Mai chau, hoa binh

Mai Chau village, Hoa Binh

Thai dancing in Mai Chau

Thai dancing in Mai Chau

Mai Chau village

Village of Thai ethnic in Hoa Binh


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