Mai Châu is a rural district of Hòa Bình Province in the Northwest region of Vietnam
. The district is located at about 160 km from Ha Noi. The scenery of Mai Châu attracts many tourists.The district covers an area of 520 km sq. The district capital is the city of Mai Châu.Mai Châu is a mountainous region located in Hòa Bình Province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 65 km from Hòa Bình.
The Ban Lac People have Thai ancestors that settled in the North-Western area of Vietnam. The two tribes, White Thai and Black Thai, settled in the same area and make up the largest ethnic population of the region.
The Mai Châu area is well known for its stilt houses. The type of stilt houses, or pile dwellings, they construct are called Thai stilt houses and are made of bamboo and timber. These houses are elevated 10–12 feet off the ground in order to avoid water damage and shelter animals from the elements.