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Mai Chau

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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..In 2003 the district had a population of 48,570. The district covers an area of 520 km². The district capital is the city of Mai Châu.Geographical featuresMai Châu is a mountainous region located in Hòa Bình Province, approximately 135 km from Hanoi and 65 km from Hòa Bình.Cultural overviewThe 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.ArchitectureThe 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.Environmental pressuresMai Châu faces several environmental concerns; Deforestation - Land continues to be cleared in order to produce more crops Trash - Mai Châu faces a garbage disposal problem and this is evident in the diminishing quality of their water courses. Tourism - A gradual influx of tourists puts strain on the local environment.Tourism
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