Surrounded by the foothills of the Truong Son Range, this charming and fertile valley is dot ted with green rice paddies and small, quaint stilt-house villages. Most of the inhabitants here are White Thai. Well known for their hospitality, fami lies here offer homestay faci- lities in stilt huts – an authentic yet comfortable way of experien cing life on the hills, though it can get crowded at weekends. Some of the larger homestays even put on dis plays of traditional Thai music and dancing. At night, visitors can enjoy the local alcohol ruou can, which is drunk communally from large jars through long bamboo straws. One of the main highlights here is the excellent trekking opportunities pro vided by the valley’s delightful trails, fields, and villages.