Textile trails & ethnic villages of Vietnam...
12 DAY SMALL GROUP TOUR
Be amazed at the beauty of the mountains and the colour and diversity of its textiles and its hill tribe village and markets. This once in a life time opportunity takes you off the tourist trails of Vietnam and into the remote and beautiful mountains of the North-West. With stops at remote villages and colourful ethnic markets this tour gives you the opportunity to see Vietnam's unique ethnic minority groups, meet with local women and experience their amazing cultures and their diverse and vibrant costumes.
Starting in the amazing 1000 year old shopping precinct of Hanoi's Old Quarter, we make a visit to the fascinating Ethnology Museum for a glimpse of the unique and colourful textiles and cultures we will visit over the next 10 days on the road. We leave the city and travel north to Sapa where we spend time learning about the intricacies of the Red Dao embroidery with a group of local ladies, visit a Black Hmong village to learn about how they make their gorgeous hemp fabrics and visit the remote Muong Hum ethnic market.
From Sapa town we travel deep into the mountains of the north west. Along the way we visit the colourful Lu minority with their gorgeous tapestry skirts and the Black Dao and Sewing Dao Dao with their huge black turbans and richly embroidered trousers. As we get closer to the Chinese border area we see even more diverse ethnic groups. We travel through White Hmong communities where some of the women still wear traditional bleached hemp skirts and brightly braided jackets, and see the amazing 'big hair' Red Hmong and Flower Hmong with their standout black pointed cone hats, and the colourful Ha Nhi, Tu Di, Pa Di and Phula minority groups. We end our time in the northwest in Bac Ha town before heading down the freeway and back to Hanoi.
For those wanting to explore Hanoi there's the option to add on a 1 or 2 night stay at the beginning or end of the tour.
Tour dates and prices
SMALL TOUR DEPARTURES
8 Sept 2017 $4250 pp twin share + $360 single supplement
13 Apr 2018 $4250 pp twin share + $360 single supplement
7th Sept 2018 $4250 pp twin share + $360 single supplement
INDEPENDENT TOUR DEPARTURES
Depart Daily from $3800 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.
11 nights hotel accommodation
Daily Breakfast, 10 lunches, 3 dinners
Local English speaking guides
Australian tour leader
Arrival & departure transfers
Private air-conditioned transport
Entrance Fees and government tickets and permits
The style of accommodation indicated in the itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions in Hanoi and Sapa alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms at our preferred accommodation. Note: Photos are not available for the hotels used in Muong Te and Lao Cai.
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 programme , you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. You will also stay in local hotels without the facilities of those in the tourist centres. The tour will be of interest to anyone who enjoys experiencing life outside the tourist sites, meeting the locals, seeing how they live and seeing the different tribal costumes and textiles. This tour is also great for those into photography. Please request a tour brochure for full tour activities.