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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Mai Chau Discovery 5 Days

This trip offers an easy trek combined with home stay in villages of Thai people. You will trek for five days through the scenic and peaceful villages and stay overnight in local homes where you have the chance to get to learn about culture of the Thai people.

Destinations: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Hang Kia village – Van village – Xo village – Pom Coong village – Nanh village- Hanoi

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Hang Kia Village (Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast at your hotel, your car and guide will pick you up then leave Hanoi for Mai Chau. On the road, you can view spectacular scenery of mountains and rice paddies. From Hanoi to Mai Chau, you will follow the highway 6 to Hoa Binh. Pass Cun slope, Ma slope Thung Khe and Thung Nhuoi mountain pass, and then Mai Chau is in your eyes sight.

Stop in Mai Chau town, you will have lunch. After that, you will come to Hang Kia village where H’mong people inhabit to start trekking. Hang Kia village is gifted by nature with its hidden beautiful sights waiting for discovery and trekking.

In the late afternoon, you will come back to the stilt house of the H’mong and have food cooked by the host. Furniture in the house is already for tourists. Food is served for dinner tonight you enjoy the host’s hospitality and sleep among nature.

Day 2: Trekking from Hang Kia village to Van Village (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, you will leave Hang Kia village for a trekking to Van village. This tribal village is inhabited by the White Thai. This route will give you a chance to view stunning mountain, terraces and wide valley. During the trek, you can take some breaks for snack, rest, and photographing.

After crossing a small river, you will reach Van villager. You will then have lunch and stay in the Thai’s stilt house. In the afternoon, if you wish, you can join in the Thai’s activities daily life like go to work on the rice paddy, learn to weave Tho Cam cloth or cook with the local. Ones may want to trek around this village before having dinner.

Tonight, if the host holds some activities like Xoe dancing or Sap stepping, you will have the best chance to participate in the local leisure activity and enjoy Ruou Can wine (a kind of wine in a jar drunk through pipes). Lately, you should take our feet with herbal foot massage before going to bed.

Day 3: Trekking Van village to Xo Village (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

Just wake up early to enjoy a peaceful morning to feel a real life in a local village of Vietnam before having breakfast. You will then have time to discover more until the lunch comes, we take a nap then. In the afternoon, you will continue to trek to Xo village where you will spend the night.

Day 4: Trekking from Xo village to attractive Pom Coong tribal Village (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast you will say goodbye to the host of stilt house, you will then trek to Pom Coong tribal village. When you arrive, you’ll ‘check in’ to a stilt house in Pom Coong village, the home of a Thai ethnic minority group. After lunch, your time will be your own until your driver and guide arrive for a 15km journey to board a rowing sampan. You’ll paddle gently along the Ma River stopping en-route to visit some of the nearby ethnic minorities villages. In the late afternoon, you’ll return to Mai Chau to spend the night in a family’s stilt house.

Day 5: Mai Chau - Hanoi (Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, you can wander around the houses to see the daily life of local people. They specialise in weaving brocade products, and are happy to show visitors their skills. The village is operated as a community co-operative, set up by the people themselves.  In the afternoon, you’ll return to Hanoi for overnight accommodation.


  • Vietnam Visa invitation 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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