Experiences

Backdropped by mountain landscapes, Avana is a luxury retreat from which guests can plan a wide range of adventures and experiences.

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Awesome Mountain Activities

Discover the beautiful Mai Chau with activities centered around the retreat. Our dedicated team will assist to tailor an ideal vacation whether around cultural exploration or simply a relaxing time in the calmness of nature.

Elopement Wedding and Events

Elopement Wedding and Events

Celebrate your romantic wedding and honeymoon or plan your next special occasion at Avana, we will ensure your celebration is designed to perfection.

Celebrate your romantic wedding and honeymoon or plan your next special occasion at Avana, we will ensure your celebration is designed to perfection.

  • Sweet Honeymoon: Experience the countryside romance at our luxury mountain retreat. Our tremendous private pool villa and flawless services guarantee that your intimate getaway is exceptional.
  • Glowing Wedding: From floral decoration to delicate lighting, from the bridal bouquet to fine delicacies, we will arrange all the details to make everything you dreamed of come to life.
  • Events & Ceremonies: Remarkable valleys and rice fields provide the backdrop while our dedicated team takes care of your needs. Birthdays, engagements, anniversaries, or family reunions: Make life’s great moments with us.

(charges apply)

Bamboo Forest

Bamboo Forest

Nestled by the fishing pond, Avana Retreat’s Bamboo Forest is home to many native animals. Each animal has distinctive features, traits, and needs, yet all live in harmony in the natural sanctuary.

Nestled by the fishing pond, Avana Retreat’s Bamboo Forest is home to many native animals. Each animal has distinctive features, traits, and needs, yet all live in harmony in the natural sanctuary.

The Bamboo Forest is open from 9:00 - 11:00 and 14:30 - 16:30 daily.

Little Chef

Little Chef

It's cooking time!

Have some fun time in the kitchen with the Little Chef session, where you all get down to prepping and cooking children-approved recipes, then comes the kids’ favourite part: munching on delicious creations!

Time: Sunday, in two time slots 13:00 - 14:30 & 15:00 - 16:30

Location: Stilt House Museum

Complimentary activity for 3 - 12 years old (need parents to join)

Please register before 10:00

Ceramic Workshop

Ceramic Workshop

Grasp the intro to pottery the fun way!

Get handy in the Ceramic workshop! With clay, colour and a touch of help from our artisan, the children will get an intro to pottery with much fun, creativity and a little (but not too much) mess!

Time: Saturday, in two time slots 12:30 - 14:30 & 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Stilt House Museum
Complimentary activity for 3 - 12 years old (need parents to join)
Please register before 10:00
Picnic Lunch

Picnic Lunch

Enjoy an ethnic lunch in the open space, infused with the earthy scents of soil and rice.

Have a taste of authentic cuisine curated by the local's spices. Enjoy an ethnic lunch in the open space, infused with the earthy scents of soil and rice. 

Maximum guests: 12

Time: 3 hours

Period: March to October

Can be combined with other tours

Please book 24 hours in advance

(charges apply)

Hidden Spring Lagoon

Hidden Spring Lagoon

Come have a bath in the refreshing spring water while sipping a cocktail in the magnificent backdrop of the forest.

Come have a bath in the refreshing spring water while sipping a cocktail in the magnificent backdrop of the forest. 

Time: 11:00 - 17:00

Hidden Spring Lagoon is open according to weather conditions. (At some period of time, the water will dry out due to low upstream flow.)

Outdoor Cinema

Outdoor Cinema

As the summer sun casts the sky in a dreamy glow, the time has finally come for one of our favorite seasonal pastimes: Open-air cinema.

As the summer sun casts the sky in a dreamy glow, the time has finally come for one of our favorite seasonal pastimes: Open-air cinema. Bean bag lazing, popcorn munching, and eyes gazing on the screen, make the most out of chilling evenings in Avana Retreat.

Time: Sunday to Friday in the evening

Location: Grass field nearby Green Chilli Restaurant

Kid's Rattan Making

Kid's Rattan Making

Learn rattan weaving the kid's way! Simple, quick and yet no less intricate!

Learn rattan weaving the kid's way! Simple, quick and yet no less intricate!

Parcheesi

Parcheesi

Get the little ones engaged in an easy, fun and classic board game. Gather the young fellas and let the dice race begins!

Get the little ones engaged in an easy, fun and classic board game. Gather the young fellas and let the dice race begins!

Location: Kid's Club

Kite Flying

Kite Flying

Children absolutely love flying kites…What could be more exciting than going outside to see a kite you made dance in the wind?

Make your own paper kite with the help of our staff. Kids can learn much from designing, building, and decorating their kites.

Time: 15:00 on Thursday

Location: Kid's Club 

Craft Making

Craft Making

With simple instructions, your children can transform old goods into new pieces.

With simple instructions, your children can transform old goods into new pieces. A great way to learn about environmentally friendly-lifestyle in no time.

Time: 15:00 Every day

Location: Kid’s Club

Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

Benefit the joy of playing outdoors and challenge your children’s solving skills, with a hidden reward awaiting for them to discover.

Benefit the joy of playing outdoors and challenge your children’s solving skills, with a hidden reward awaiting for them to discover.

Time: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 10:00

Location: Kid's Club

Pung Waterfall

Pung Waterfall

In the verdant jungle of primal canopies, a waterfall runs throughout the retreat, like a nature heartbeat, giving life to all things.

In the verdant jungle of primal canopies, a waterfall runs throughout the retreat, like a nature heartbeat, giving life to all things. By day, the waterfall welcomes visitors with all its sunshine miracles. And by night, the waterfall composes an ode of romance for a special time of love.

Please book 24 hours in advance for private dining.

(charges apply)

Kayak Escape

Kayak Escape

Splash your paddles, drift through the waves, discover the beauty of Hoa Binh Lake, and enjoy a sense of tranquility in the midst of untouched nature.

Splash your paddles, drift through the waves, discover the beauty of Hoa Binh Lake, and enjoy a sense of tranquility in the midst of untouched nature.

Must be booked 24 hours in advance.

(charges apply)

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea

Quality champagne, gourmet desserts, a nature view, and a few companions sound like a perfect plan for the afternoon.

Quality champagne, gourmet desserts, a nature view, and a few companions sound like a perfect plan for the afternoon. Enjoy a lovely private tea time while being embraced in the private setup of nature.

Time 14:00 - 17:00

Location: Hidden Spring Lagoon, Cloud Pool Bar, H’mong Cottage, Villa

(charges apply)

Jeep Adventure

Jeep Adventure

Sit back, catch the sights, feel the touch of freedom, and experience the world from a completely different perspective.

Sit back, catch the sights, feel the touch of freedom, and experience the world from a completely different perspective.

Our Jeeps is available daily between 6 AM to 6 PM (last booking at 4 PM).

(charges apply)

Jungle and Village Trek (full-day tour)

Jungle and Village Trek (full-day tour)

Challenge yourself to an adventure time in the mountain’s beaten tracks.

Challenge yourself to an adventure time in the mountain’s beaten tracks. Coordinate your momentum on a steady pace while soaking in the panorama view along the trek. A picnic lunch is served mid-tour, with time to rest and enjoy the peaceful mountain scenery. 

Must be booked 24 hours in advance.

(charges apply)

Nature Trek (half-day tour)

Nature Trek (half-day tour)

Escape into the mountains and truly feel its magnificent allure.

Escape into the mountains and truly feel its magnificent allure. Trek through the beaten paths till you reach the mountaintop, as the whole Mai Chau valley opens up with Thai villages dotting below. Continue on the journey and you arrive at the local villages, where friendly locals welcome you with warm smiles, rustic stories, and authentic culture. 

Must be booked 24 hours in advance. 

(charges apply)

Local Village Walk

Local Village Walk

This lovely walk is suitable for explorers who are into a restful time while enjoying some of the most serene countryside scenery.

This lovely walk is suitable for explorers who are into a restful time while enjoying some of the most serene countryside scenery. Wander through different terrains and rural roads, a guide side by side to tell you about the mountain lifestyle and stunning nature features here.

Must be booked 24 hours in advance. 

(charges apply)

Cooking With Chef

Cooking With Chef

Enjoying your time in the kitchen, cooking up local foods to feast on at lunchtime

The Northwest's culinary splendor awaits for you to explore. Prepare local dishes with Avana’s Chef and have a taste of your creation for lunch.

Please book 12 hours in advance.

(charges apply)

In-villa Dining

In-villa Dining

A delicious meal is served at the knock on your door

Enjoy a fine-dining experience within the comfort and convenience of your villa.

Please book service during this time: Breakfast 7:00 - 10:00; Lunch and Dinner 11:00 - 21:00

(charges apply)

Dining By The Waterfall

Dining By The Waterfall

By the waterfall, candlelight, music, flowers, and a delectable menu will create a romantic ambiance for the night, where love stories are written.

By the waterfall, candlelight, music, flowers, and a delectable menu will create a romantic ambiance for the night, where love stories are written.

Please book 24 hours in advance for private dining.

(charges apply)

Stilt House Museum Tour With A Local Guide

Stilt House Museum Tour With A Local Guide

The Stilt House Museum is home to a collection of artifacts, traditional tools and costumes of the three ethnic groups residing in Mai Chau - Thai, H’mong and Muong.

The Stilt House Museum is home to a collection of artifacts, traditional tools and costumes of the three ethnic groups residing in Mai Chau - Thai, H’mong and Muong. A 30-minute museum tour with a guide every afternoon gives a better understanding of the culture in the mountains.

Time: Daily from 14:30 - 15:00

Location: Stilt House Museum

Live Performance

Live Performance

Join hands in the Thai Dance and immerse yourself in the sound of drums and panpipes.

Join hands in the Thai Dance and immerse yourself in the sound of drums and panpipes. Let’s hold hands, tread to the rhythms, and light up the scene with beautiful culture!

Time: 20:00 every Saturday night

Location: Green Chili Restaurant

Rattan Weaving

Rattan Weaving

Get crafty in the rattan weaving workshop with our experienced artisan.

Get your hands crafty in Avana’s rattan weaving workshop under the Stilt House Museum with our oldest artisan, who has mastered the art of rattan weaving ever since his youthful days. Learn how to interlace each strand into a basket and bring your creation home.

Time: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday 14:00 - 16:00 

Location: Stilt House Museum

Thai Weaving Demonstration

Thai Weaving Demonstration

Observe a unique art form made in the weaving looms.

Thai weaving textiles are a rich and complex illustration of a unique art form fostered through generations. Vibrant colors, intricate motifs, and complicated dyeing are weaved beautifully under the skillful hands of female artisans. Observe the meticulous process and grasp knowledge about their creativity on the patterns.

Time: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday 14:00 - 16:00 

Location: Stilt House Museum

H’mong Batik Painting

H’mong Batik Painting

Learn the craft of Batik - an ancient technique that's very popular in the Hmong community

The art of Batik is H’mong’s pride, with hand-loomed hemp, elaborate wax designs, and the signature indigo color. Learn the craft from native artisans in Stilt House Museum and end the workshop by bringing your masterpiece home.

- Complimentary workshop 

Opening hour: Monday, Wednesday, Friday | In two time slots: 13:00 & 14:30

Book 1 hour in advance 

- Private workshop (charges apply) 

A deep insight into the processes of painting, dyeing, and wax removing 

Book 24 hours in advance 

Kid's Club

Kid's Club

Your kid's favorite place

A fun area specially customized for kids. We have set up several indoor games to keep little guests active, engaged and smiling, because a child’s laugh is simply one of the most beautiful sounds in this world. 

Time: 07:00 - 22:00

Location: Kid’s Club

Library

Library

Calm your mind with the wise words in Orchid Spa's Reading Room

Dive in the ocean of solitude in Orchid Spa’s Reading Room. The fragrance of paper and magic filling the space is delightful to the senses, with soothing light descending on the table, and knowledge about Vietnamese history and culture perched on the shelves, waiting to be perused with attention.

Time: 09:00 - 22:00 

Location: Orchid Spa

Scented Candle Workshop

Scented Candle Workshop

Light up your senses in Avana Retreat's candle workshop

Light up your senses in Avana Retreat's candle workshop. Custom your very own candle from the essential oil collection of traditional herbs, fruits and flowers. Finish the workshop by bringing your signature fragrance home.

Opening hours: 15:00 - 15:45 everyday 

Location: Herbal Room in Orchid Spa

Age: Above 12 years old

Complimentary activities (1 time per stay). Please register 1 hour in advance.

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is patience and faith awaiting a nibble

The first thing to know about fishing is that it teaches you about patience. Hold the grip of the handle, silently waiting for that tension on the rod and have your achievement cooked up in a delicious lunch by our chef. Fishing is also a great activity for families with little kids, where they get a great experience of a rustic leisure that urban hubs can’t afford.

Time: 08:00 - 17:00

Location: Fishing Pond

Sweet Potato And Corn Roasting By The Fire

Sweet Potato And Corn Roasting By The Fire

Every Friday winter night, gather around the crackling stilt fire, roast sweet potatoes, savor upland sticky corn, and share heartwarming stories.

Every Friday winter night, gather around the crackling stilt fire, roast sweet potatoes, savor upland sticky corn, and share heartwarming stories while sipping on a steaming cup of tea.

Time: 20:00 - 22:00 every Friday winter night

Location: Stilt House Museum

Afternoon Snack

Afternoon Snack

As the afternoon rolls along, it’s time to enjoy afternoon snacks at our Cloud Pool Bar with delicacies, carefully prepared by our chef and capably changed by day.

As the afternoon rolls along, it’s time to enjoy afternoon snacks at our Cloud Pool Bar with delicacies, carefully prepared by our chef and capably changed by day.

Time: 16:00 - 17:30

Location: Cloud Pool Bar

Fitness Center

Fitness Center

Keep your body moving in Avana Retreat's gym in the forest.

Lift your mind and body in Avana Retreat's well-equipped gym. The stunning view of the tropical jungle will provide fitness enthusiasts with an unforgettable workout experience.

Time: 06:00 - 22:00

Location: Orchid Spa

Breathwork

Breathwork

The ability to breathe is a gift. Wake up grateful each day for that gift

Engage in Avana’s Breathwork session and you will learn the proper technique for such a simple process.

Pay attention to your breath, cleanse the mind, purify the body, and regulate the flow of energy inside. The best aspect is that anyone can do it.

Time: Every Thursday and Sunday; English-speaking class 13:00 - 13:45, Vietnamese-speaking class 14:00 - 14:45

Location: H’mong Cottage

Please book 2 hours in advance with complimentary classes, and 24 hours with private class (charges apply).

Singing Bowl Meditation

Singing Bowl Meditation

Let the soothing hums of singing bowls appease your turbulent mind.

Let the soothing hums of singing bowls appease your turbulent mind. Relax and connect with your inner self while tuning in to the bowl's echoes and vibrations. A one-hour session of sound bathing in the tranquil environment of nature will restore your well-being.

Time: Every Tuesday and Saturday; English-speaking class 13:00 - 13:45, Vietnamese-speaking class 14:00 - 14:45

Location: H’mong Cottage

Please book 2 hours in advance with complimentary classes, and 24 hours with private class (charges apply).

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga

Slower and more contemplative, Yin Yoga allows you to focus within and channel calmness into your thoughts and physical feelings.

Slower and more contemplative, Yin Yoga allows you to focus within and channel calmness into your thoughts and physical feelings, especially on deep connective tissues such as fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones. Maintaining a steady posture and responding to your body's demands is an excellent approach to regenerating from the inside out.

Time: Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 07:00 - 08:00

Location: H’mong Cottage

Please book 2 hours in advance with complimentary classes, and 24 hours with private class (charges apply).

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a practice for those who need to improve on breathing and cleansing.

Hatha Yoga is a practice for those who need to improve on breathing and cleansing. Suitable for practitioners of all levels, Hatha Yoga helps increase strength, flexibility, and balance. Move at your own pace, keep your stability throughout a sequence of postures and breathwork with our instructor.

Time: Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday 07:00 - 08:00  

Location: H’mong Cottage

Please book 2 hours in advance with complimentary classes, and 24 hours with private class (charges apply).

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