(HBO)- Ai Village, Phong Phu commune (Tan Lac) is a small valley with hills, cliffs surrounding with cloud, mountainous wind through the trees. The village has Ai stream, which is fresh and pure flowing around Ai village. There are a lot of caves in the mountain sides surrounding Ai village.
The Bat Cave: is a famous and beautiful cave but so strange. The Ghost Cave: the achaeologists have climbed the cliffs to come into the Ghost Cave for excavating and researching the relics from ancient times which are scattered in the deep cave. About 100 years ago, Ai village people increased their lives sharply. The living conditions also changed. The people of Ai village moved to live on the foot of the valley with the large vast of green trees covering the mountain, hillsides and the fresh Ai river flowing all around in a year.
The people of Ai village have built more than 50 traditional stilt houses of Muong ethnic people. All the 5 bronze drums of the large kind were found in Ai village. According to the opinion of an Austrian scholar Hergie about Vietnamese and Southeast Asian bronze drums, those found in Ai village and Ly village are the earliest drums, which may belong to the first century BC.
In more than 50 stilt houses in Ai village, some of them were built of precious and rare wood. The pillars, beams, walls, doors, floors and stairs were sawed in the shape of square or circle, being polished and painted. The roof is smooth with large and airy space. The houses are divided into the spaces of spiritual relics, culture and living space for the members of the family.
Some families sent their descendants to go and learn in some well-developed areas of economy, culture and tourism. When they came back to the village, with their families, they have built spacious and beautiful traditional stilt houses. These are the stilt houses used to welcome the visitors to Ai village.
The house is divided into three space types: The resort space is equipped with blankets, pillow cushions and cooling equipment for tourists to relax. The second space is the space to enjoy local specialities, such as lam rice, steamed sticky rice, day cakes, buffallo meat with lom leaves, mixed vegetables, sour pork, buffallo skins, dried cow skins with bon plants, chickens with sour bamboo shots, roasted pork, boiled pork, cinnamon rolls of pork, grilled pork ribs, pork rolls, fished salted with bulbous, super-rice wine, honey wine, pipe wine.
The house owners prepare a lot of specialities of Muong ethnic people and some other kinds of good food, with beer and soft drinks. Whenever the visitors order the food, the owner will say yes softly and then politely prepare and take the food and wine to them.
After enjoying the local specialities, if the tourists want to explore and learn about the ethnical culture, the lady owners will eagerly ask them to the large stilt house (the cultural house) to enjoy the wonderful art performance by the semi-professional group of Ai village.
The art performance usually starts with a orchestra performance, gong performance (the sacred treasure). With the piece of music "Di duong nhip nhang – the harmonious walk”, it is so melodious and trilling deeply into the listeners’ heart. The piece of music "Bong trang bong vang – White rice yellow rice” is so exciting and happy. After that, the orchestra performance will be performed with traditional ancient music, such as water- flowing, money and selling vases with the musical instrument like ho, two- chord fiddle, three-cord fiddle, vertical flute, horizontal flute, gongs, drums, cymbals and beats. The solo performance of horizontal flute, vertical flute, female duet and traditional folk dance; bronze drum dance, grinding rice dance, flowery dance, money wishing dance, betel inviting dance, etc.
If the tourists are interested in understanding and exploring more about the scenery, environment and origin – spirit of Muong ethnic people in Ai village, Phong Phu commune, Muong Bi, please stay for more days. The elder people here will tell you the origin of the ancient Muong ethnic and Muong ethnic people in Ai village now. The village will assign someone to take the tourists to go sightseeing around Ai village. The mountains surrounding Ai village runs along two sides of the narrow valley with a pure stream flowing all around the year. The terraced fields and majestic mountains make this place so interesting.
The people here are so honest, hard – working, industrious and hospitable. They are full expectation of preserving and developing the first cradle of Muong ethnic people.
(HBO) – Dua Island (Dua means coconut in Vietnamese) is a stop that makes visitor hard to leave and is attracting a large number of travelers to visit Hoa Binh Lake.
From Thung Nai harbor (in Cao Phong district), it only takes over 30 minutes by boat to reach Dua Island. It is one of the most beautiful islands in Hoa Binh Lake, located in Vay Nua commune, Da Bac district, and next to the spiritual tourist site of Thac Bo Temple. Dua Island is recognized by Provincial People’s Committee as a local tourist site. This island is about 10 hectares wide, and in harmony between the clouds and the water of hydroelectric reservoir. Looking at it from far distance, Dua Island is hidden in the green of trees and the vast water, which makes those who have not been here before think that it is a natural island like the other small ones floating on the lake when embanking dam to build Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant.
Over 93 percent of interviewed foreign tourists said they are satisfied with their trips to Vietnam, according to the Vietnam Annual Tourism Report 2017 by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT).
(HBO) – Possessing potentials, advantages for tourism development and the foundation for new rural construction, Mai Chau District 25th Party Congress, the 2015-2020 tenure, identified: "Mobilizing all resources to develop economy and society as well as strive by 2020, Mai Chau district becomes a community tourist site in association with new rural construction”. In order for Resolution to pass into the life and people’s thought, Mai Chau district has attempted to turn the policy into action.
(HBO) – As a bright spot of Hoa Binh tourism, over the past years, Mai Chau has rolled out many solutions to develop tourism, aiming to effectively tap potential and advantages on local tourism, contributing to giving a facelift to rural areas and improving and raising the quality of locals’ life.
(HBO) - Hoa Binh Lake – an impossible-to-miss place, which is converging with natural beauty of water and clouds, charming scenery with many villages of bold cultural identity, friendly people, easy to close with many other tourist attractions. This place is hard to be ignored by visitors who want to enjoy, experience, especially in these summer days.
(HBO) – Located about 300 meters from provincial road No. 436, Trang Waterfall (Trang means the moon in Vietnamese) in Trang hamlet, Do Nhan commune (Tan Lac district) has become the ideal destination for visitors on hot summer days.