Mai Chau is located in the mountainous province of Hoa Binh province, approximately 135 km north from Hanoi. Mai Chau village is in the heart of a beautiful valley that is a bright, almost parrot-green in spring and by autumn has transformed into deep golden hues as the rice approaches harvest. The village's stunning location makes it the perfect base for trekking, mountain biking, kayaking and caving. Mai Chai is home to a number of different ethnic minorities; White Thai, H'mong, Zao, Muong, Tay, Hoa and Viet and each group has their own language, literature, handicrafts, music, dancing and festivals. The Sunday market brings hill tribe people who live in the mountains into Mai Chau to sell their wares, enjoy meals together and take part in traditional dances.