Among of ideal destinations for trekking in the northwest Vietnam, Mai Chau is still an attractive tourist area, due to its gentle mountain slopes, breathtaking landscapes, agreeable climate all year round. As I mentioned in previous article – Means of transport to get there, this post today will show clearly you the best way to travel from Hanoi to Mai Chau – by local bus.
140 km from Hanoi and 60 km from the northwest Hoa Binh Province, Mai Chau trekking is an excited excursion for both young Vietnamese and foreign tourists. It’s certainly easier to arrange a tour package through travel agents, but it’s more rewarding to do it independently.
Turn up at My Dinh bus station – the easiest way to travel from Hanoi to Mai Chau by local bus
Located in the center of Hanoi city, My Dinh bus station (20. Pham Hung St. My Dinh Ward, Hanoi) is the latest and most modern one. It is also a junction of daily buses to the North and Northwest regions. At My Dinh, you can take a bus at any time in the morning. If so, you might not have to wait long for one of regular buses to Hoa Binh. You can then catch the regular buses on to Mai Chau from the same bus station without much waiting time.
There is a direct bus as well – about 4 hours, but the schedules of departure from Hanoi are not particularly convenient. Buses run every half hour from 7:00 to 17:00 en route Hanoi – Hoa Binh.
Some reliable local buslines from My Dinh to Mai Chau are such as Hoàng Thao, Hà Loan, Tuấn Dũng, Bình An, etc.
At other bus station
The second easiest way to Mai Chau is by local bus from Yên Nghĩa (Ha Dong) bus station. It takes about 3 hours to travel from Yên Nghĩa to Mai Chau. Yên Nghĩa bus station is actually not in Ha Noi anymore, but in Ha Tay Province – 10 km to south-west of Ha Noi city center. From Ha Noi Old Quarter to Yên Nghĩa bus station, it’s easy to go by taxi or by motorbike taxi – about 30 minutes.
- Yên Nghĩa bus station – Mai Chau (by direct bus): 3 hours; VND 30.000 or more
- Yên Nghĩa bus station – Hoa Binh: about 2 hours, VND 22.000 or more
- Hoa Binh center – Mai Chau town: about 1.5 hours, VND 20.000 or more (all those prices would be changed when you get there, but not too much)
(Source: lonelyplanet.com; travelfish)