Shopping in Mai Chau
Those who want to shop in Mai Chau should look forward to the Sunday market. People from different ethnic groups residing in the mountains come down to Mai Chau to sell various products, including corn, bananas and other fruits, as well as the tho cam woven by skilled Tai women. Ducks, pigs and dogs in bamboo cages are also for sale. The Sunday market is also a place to get nicely made traditional Tai cuisine.
However, a tourist in an overnight homestay need not move further from the stilt house to buy merchandise as most locals earn a living from selling textiles and other products to their guests. The kitchen, which is in the centre of every house, is not only for cooking. This is also the place where the women make the tho cam. Guests can haggle or bargain with their hosts for the traditional textile items.