Water Puppet Tours


With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.

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At Home with the Hill Tribes – Mai Hich Village 3 Days

During this Vietnam homestay, you’ll journey across the emerald rice paddies and staggering mountain passes of the peaceful Mai Hich valley into traditional Vietnam. You’ll see the day-to-day lifestyle of the locals as you spend a night in an authentic Vietnamese stilted house. You’ll be the guests of a Mai Hich village family, who will lavish hospitality and tasty typical cuisine on you.

Our traditional Vietnam homestay is an excellent alternative to Sapa if you’re eager to experience hill tribe culture but a little short on time. Unlike Sapa, the village of Mai Hich is very accessible from Hanoi and still offers a unique glimpse into traditional ways of life.

Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Mai Hich (Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, you’ll be met our tour guide and depart for Mai Hich village, Mai Chau Province. On the way, you’ll enjoy the ride through the paddy fields of the Old Doai village and street-side village markets with stop en-route at Thung Khe Pass to observe the landscape of the valleys and hills. Upon arriving at the village, you’ll be warmly welcome by the village hosts in traditional dresses with cold drinks at Minh Tho Homestay. Lunch with forest specialties and fresh ingredients will be served by local people.

In the afternoon, you’ll have a ride or walk around the villages to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding nature and rural activities in action, including houses-on-stilt, fish ponds, low terrace paddy fields. If you wish, you can try some of the daily farming routines of local farmers. You’ll also call at a traditional weaving cooperative before return to your homestay for a dinner with Thai dance and taste some local alcoholic speciality afterwards. Your overnight accommodation will be at stilt house.

Located 13km southwest of Mai Chau district centre, Mai Hich shares the borders with two communes of Quan Hoa district and Thanh Hoa province. It’s also home of an ethnic minority community residing sparsely along Xia River. 96% of Mai Hich residents are of Thai ethnic Different from the more conventional Lac Village in Mai Chau, Mai Hich is an emerging alternative that offers an authentic sneak peek into local natural landscapes and ways of life. The nature and people of Mai Hich will help you to de-stress yourself as you are lured into the magnificence of primary forests and the tranquility of palm hills, while immersing yourself the music and dance of local youth artists! You will also have an once-in-a-life-time opportunity to experience the feelings and emotions of Quang Dung the poet when he wrote Tay Tien in Mai which while rafting along Xia River.

Day 2: Mai Hich - Buoc Village - Mai Hich (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide) (≈ 13 km)

Waking up to the fresh and tranquil morning of northwest mountainous area, then after a buffet breakfast in setting of local Thai market, you’ll start trekking to Buoc Village through the less trodden path of the rice fields, bamboo forest and the ethnic villages. Lunch will be served at a local family in Buoc Village. In the afternoon, you’ll take a walk around the village then be picked up by car to return your homestay in Mai Hich for a dinner with Thai dance and taste some local food specialty afterwards. Your overnight accommodation will be at Minh Tho homestay.

Day 3: Mai Hich - Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

Waking up to the fresh and tranquil morning of northwest mountainous area, you’ll then have a buffet breakfast in setting of local Thai market. This day can be arranged with one of the below options:

Option 1: Mai Hich Rafting (Medium adventure):

After breakfast, you’ll take a walk through the paddy fields and bamboo forest then enjoy the daily life of the local community before try to do a rafting adventure along Xia River. Return to your homestay and depart to Lac Village where a traditional craft centre operated by the physically challenged artists. Lunch will be at Quan Hang homestay in Lac Village. In the afternoon, you’ll return to your own hotel in Hanoi for an overnight accommodation.

Option 2: Mai Hich Trekking (≈ 15 km)

After breakfast, you’ll have a trekking or biking from Mai Hich to Lac Village through the bamboo forests, local brick factory, Thai, Mai Ha and Chieng Chau villages. Lunch will be at Quan Hang homestay in Lac village. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Hanoi for your overnight accommodation.


  • Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter.
  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • VAT and other taxes
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed


  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Other services not mentioned above.


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