Textiles, craft and culture of Laos and Vietnam...
Luang Prabang- Hanoi - Sapa - Hoi An
14 DAY INDEPENDENT TOUR
Starting in the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang with its historical temples, textile galleries and amazing craft markets, you'll travel with like minded travellers and take part in lessons with women including Hmong embroidery, silk weaving and natural dyes and visit traditional silk weaving villages. You'll fly to Hanoi, Vietnam and explore the sites of the city including the Old Quarter. You'll travel to the remote mountain town of Muong Hum for the colourful Sunday market and visit ethnic villages around the resort town of Sapa. You'll travel down to the UNESCO town of Hoi An with its hundreds of tailors and arts and crafts galleries.
Visit traditional silk and textile villages in Laos
Explore Hanoi's Old Quarter
Visit remote ethnic minority villages and markets
Explore World Heritage Luang Prabang and Hoi An
Take a class in Laos silk weaving and natural dyes
Take a workshop in water hyacinth weaving
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.
DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG
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 the colourful craft markets held each night.
DAY 2: 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 the the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, Wat Visoun, and the colourful Wat Xieng Thong. We visit local weaving and paper making villages to meet the local women and weavers in their homes.
DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG
Today is a hands-on day as we spend the day learning all about Laos natural dyes and learning to weave from a master weaver.
DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG
Today we spend time with some local ladies earning Hmong embroidery techniques and wander though the laneways of this World Heritage town checking out textiles and craft shops.
DAY 5: 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 6: 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 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 7: HANOI – SAPA
This morning we take a hands-on indigo dyes class before leaving the city to drive around 5 hours north into the mountains to the resort town of Sapa. Here we seethe traditionally dressed Black Hmong in their indigo outfits and the Red Dao with their elaborately embroidered outfits and scarlet headdress..
DAY 8: 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 9: 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 10: SAPA
Today is a free day or there is an option to take a workshop in Black Hmong batik and hemp fibres.
DAY 11: 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.
DAY 12: 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 13: 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 14: HOI AN
Your tour finishes after breakfast and your transfer to Danang International Airport.
Tour dates and prices
INDEPENDENT GUIDED TOURS
Weekly on a Sunday From $3284 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.
13 nights hotel accommodation
Daily Breakfast,4 lunches, 2 dinners
O/W Economy Flight Luang Prabang / Hanoi/Danang
Local English speaking guides
Australian tour leader (based on min 6 travellers)
Arrival & departure transfers
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 programme and destination, 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. The tour will be of interest to anyone who enjoys textiles, historical architecture and photography. Please request a tour dossier for full tour activities.