Textile trails of Indochina...
CAMBODIA - LAOS - VIETNAM
18 DAY INDEPENDENT TOUR
Experience the magic of Indochina's ancient cultures as you explore its historical sights, markets, galleries, museums, traditional craft and textile communities.
Water hyacinth weaving on a floating class room in Cambodia.
Create your own silk textiles when you learn how to weave in Laos.
Experiment with traditional dyes and indigo in Laos & Vietnam.
Create a Hmong batik piece in rural Vietnam.
Learn tribal embroidery from the women of the Hmong in Laos and the Red Dao in Vietnam.
Explore the Temples of Angkor
Visit a silk farm and natural dyes forest in Cambodia
Visit traditional silk and textile villages in Laos
Explore World Heritage Luang Prabang and Hoi An
Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter
Visit remote ethnic minority villages and markets
SIEM REAP (4 N) - LUANG PRBANG (4 N) - HANOI (3 N) - SAPA(3 N) - HOI AN (3 N)
DAY 1: SIEM REAP
Today is arrival day. We will collect you from the airport when you arrive. The day is free to explore. There's a get together meeting tonight to meet your travel companions and go over the itinerary for the tour before we take a stroll through Pub Street and the colourful market area of town.
DAY 2: SIEM REAP
See how textiles were used back in the days of Angkor when you explore the ruins and spectacular carvings of the ancient city of Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple, Terrace of the Elephants and Leper King, Ta Prohm Temple and the amazing Angkor Wat.
DAY 3: SIEM REAP
We make a visit to Institute for Khmer Traditional Textiles [IKTT], a unique forest project established to revive ancient traditional natural dyes and weaving techniques before making a visit to the beautiful 'women's' temple of Bantaey Srie. This afternoon we visit the visit the Artisans d’Angkor silk farm and weaving centre and drop in to visit the Mekong Quits outlet DAY 4: SIEM REAP
A highlight of our time in Siem Reap is a visit a unique water hyacinth weaving project on the lake where we take a hands-on class with the local ladies on our floating class room.
DAY 5: SIEM REAP - LUANG PRABANG
We checkout the Old Markets for bargain silks before we take a short flight to the charming UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, Laos. Tonight we get our first glimpse at the amazing night craft markets with its hundreds of stalls overflowing with colour and gorgeous textiles and crafts.
DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG
For early risers your day begins at dawn as you witness the daily procession of orange robed monks through the town. Our tour of Luang Prabang today takes in Wat Visoun, colourful Wat Xieng Thong and the wonderful Traditional Arts & Ethnology Museum which showcases the textiles and cultures of the ethnic minority groups of Laos. We visit local weaving and paper making villages to meet the local women and weavers in their homes.
DAY 7: LUANG PRABANG
Today is a hands-on day as we try our hand at making traditional Laos natural dyes and learning traditional silk weaving techniques from the master weavers.
DAY 8: LUANG PRABANG
Today we spend time with some local ladies learning Hmong embroidery techniques and wander though the laneways of this World Heritage town checking out textiles and craft shops.
DAY 9: LUANG PRABANG - HANOI
Your morning is free to relax or do some last minute shopping. Late in the afternoon we take a short 1 hour flight to the bustling city of Hanoi. Our hotel located in the centre of the Old Quarter is a fabulous base for exploring the crafts and textiles shops in this ancient part of the city.
DAY 10: HANOI
This morning we visit some of Hanoi’s most iconic sites, including, the One Pillar Pagoda, The Ho Chi Minh complex and the Temple of Literature. We stop in for a look at the fantastic Craflink for some shopping and spend the afternoon taking a tour of the fascinating Ethnology Museum. We end the day with a visit to Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
DAY 11: HANOI – SAPA
This morning we take a class in traditional indigo dyes before leaving the city to drive around 5 hours north into the mountains and the resort town of Sapa where we see the traditionally dressed Black Hmong in their indigo outfits and Red Dao with their elaborately embroidered outfits and scarlet headdresses.
DAY 12: SAPA – MUONG HUM
This morning we travel to the remote market in Muong Hum, which sees a colourful gathering of ethnic minority groups all wearing traditional costume. We spend the afternoon exploring some of the surrounding villages and meeting local women before heading back to Sapa town.
DAY 13: SAPA
This morning we meet up with our local Red Dao guide and spend the day with her and her family in their traditional village learning how to master the techniques of Red Dao embroidery. This is a fabulous day to interact with the local women and chat about life in their village.
DAY 14: SAPA
Today is a free day or there is an option to take a workshop in Black Hmong batik and hemp fibres.
DAY 15: SAPA-HANOI
This morning we drive down the new freeway back to Hanoi. We reach Hanoi in the early afternoon. Your afternoon is free to catch up on any last minute shopping in the city and explore the Old Quarter for textiles and crafts.
DAY 16: HANOI - HOI AN
This morning we transfer to airport for the morning flight to Danang. On arrival, we take a short drive to the World Heritage town of Hoi An. We take walking tour of the ancient centre of this old-world trading port and finish the afternoon at the fabric markets.
DAY 17: HOI AN
Today is a free day to explore Hoi Ans hundreds of tailors, shoe makers and galleries. We get together this evening to celebrate our time on the road together.
DAY 18: HOI AN
Your tour finishes after breakfast and your transfer to Danang International Airport.
TOUR DATES & PRICES
STARTS: Siem Reap,Cambodia
ENDS: Hoi An, Vietnam
INDEPENDENT GUIDED TOUR DEPARTURES
Weekly on a Wednesday from $4120 pp twin share
Independent guided tours are open to anyone with a love of textiles. These tours run at a time to fit with your travel dates. These tours are not escorted by Narelle but are guided by local professional English speaking guides.
17 nights hotel accommodation
Daily Breakfast,5 lunches, 2 dinners
O/W Economy Flights Siem Reap/Luang Prabang/Hanoi/Danang
Local English speaking guides
Australian tour leader (based on min 6 travellers)
Arrival & departure transfers (if arriving and departing on the start and finish dates)
Water hyacinth weaving, silk weaving, natural dyes, 2 x tribal embroidery classes
The style of accommodation indicated in the itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms at our preferred accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
All tour prices quoted are in AUD based on exchange rates at the time of publication. Prices may be subject to change in the event of significant currency fluctuations up until final payment is received
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?
To truly experience the tour and destinations, you need to have a moderate level of fitness and be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. The tour will be of interest to anyone who enjoys textiles, historical ruins and photography. Please request a tour brochure for full tour activities.