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Home - Stay at Ethnic Thai town of Mu Cang Chai (Part 2)

Home - Stay at Ethnic Thai town of Mu Cang Chai (Part 2)
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Our host at the stilt house where our group stayed for one night was Xanh, the slender middle-aged Mong man, deputy chairman of Mu Cang Chai Township People's Committee. The stilt house is located at the head of the village and was built in 2009, Xanh said, and added that the family decided to go into the business of home-stay tourism. The hospitable host invited us for some bottles of cider and we had a heart-to-heart talk. The life of the ethnic minorities in Mu Cang Chai has improved with asphalt roads, and double-storeyed houses equipped with comfortable household facilities. Xanh has bought an Innova car to make travel easier for his family of six adults and three children. We went around the village, and met people from the ethnic minorities we were very interested in, especially a middle-aged woman who was fluent in the popular Kinh language who invited us to see her house. Two visiting children, aged 7 and 10, said they had a nice experience sleeping in a timber house, wading across a stream, picking up forest flowers and playing with the ethnic minority children. My children were very excited," their mother said. "They exclaimed excitedly when they saw the sunset behind the mountain. They learnt so much about real life in the countryside," she said. Traditional cultural performances had not been organised regularly in the village, due to the lack of funds and organisers, Xanh said. Performances are primarily held during a festival or a traditional holiday. In the near future, the Mu Cang Chai Township People's Committee plans to organise a cultural performance during the weekend to attract visitors. Mu Cang Chai Xanh said the district was implementing a project to train the local ethnic minorities in the village on professional tourism that includes behaviour, gastronomy, and interacting with visitors. Travellers flock to the beautiful township during the two main seasons, in May, and between late September and early October. During each period, the township looks especially beautiful. In May, water from the falls and the mountaintop pours into the terraced rice fields and helps the people prepare for a new crop. However, young people, among whom amateurs and professional photographers, prefer to reach the township between late September and early October. During the ripened rice harvest the terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai resemble a yellow carpet in a water-colour painting. Back in Ha Noi, every member of our travelling group gifted a bottle of the forest bee's honey to friends and family.travel to vietnam  
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