Communal Guest House 1
Poom Village, Mai Chau, Tel: 0912 320990
One of the larger stilt houses in Poom Village, the bamboo floor you can expect to sleep on is more comfortable than you might expect, and this house has a pleasant view of a lotus pond. Like at all the other stilt houses here, drink and dance can be arranged.
La Ferme du Colvert
Cu Yen, Luong Son, Hoa Binh, Tel: 018 382 5662
This eco-village in Hoa Binh caters to visitors in search of nature. 30 rooms of varying design in ten houses are surrounded by rice fields, lakes and hills. Has its own spa and restaurant.
Mai Chau Guesthouse
At the farthest end of town, Mai Chau
Tel: 0218 386 7262
This hotel seems to offer bare-bones amenities, but if you don’t fancy sleeping on the rattan floor of a stilt house, this is a couple good steps above, and the rooms are quite inexpensive. Be prepared for the noise from the karaoke bars which surround the place.
Mai Chau Lodge
Tel: 0218 386 8959, www.maichaulodge.com
If real comfort is what you want, this is surely the best bet in Mai Chau. The rooms are modern and classy, with room service, sauna and internet connections. The newly built Water Lily Cottage offers a luxury version of the house on stilts. Give a call for exact directions, or you can check their website.
Mai Chau Nature Place
House 38, Ban Lac Village, Tel: 3938 1443
A perfect mix between a home-stay experience and comfortable hotel. The private rooms are beautifully quaint while the communal sleeping option is more typical of rural lodges. Both options come with modern and clean bathrooms, traditional home-cooked meals, free bicycles and friendly, in-the-know, staff.
House 100, Quarter 2, Mai Chau, Tel: 0218 386 7340
If a sturdy bed is what you crave, this might be your answer. The rooms are large and clean, with a working television and shower with hot water. Might not be the Hilton, but for an aching back it’s a step above a bamboo floor and a mat.