Cultural trek to Mai Chau Vietnam. Mai Chau and Pu Luong Nature Reserve are legendary for its incredible natural beauty, beautiful biodiversity, and extant tribal cultures. Its rich forest, Karst (limestone outcrop) panoramas and enthralling rice terraces all combine to make this region a great place to visit! The daily life of the tribal Thai and Muong peoples are yours to experience. You may be the guest of locals who reside in scenic villages. For more details, visit this website: http://www.puluong.org/ Do you wish to be able to include Laos in your Vietnam itinerary? Its possible to travel in one day from Mai Chau to Quan Son and then on to Nam Xoi (145 km, 90 mi.), then cross the border into Laos at Na Meo. This perfectly paved road appears to be tailor-made for cycling.
One possibility is to loop on bicycle to Cuc Phuong National Park (35km west of NinhBinh), explore the giant tree in CucPhuong, then cycling west to Pu Luong, visit Mai Chau Vietnam before circling back to Hanoi or crossing over into Laos where you may see SamNeua, Phonsavan, Plain of Jars, and proceed on to Luang Prabang, the capital of Laos.