Vietnamese hill tribes tour

“Discover northwest Vietnam's remote mountainous scenery and hill tribe villages on this 10 day small group tour, with light treks and homestays.”


Hanoi | Sapa region | Ta Van village homestay | Giang Ta Chai Ė home to the Red Dzao hill people | Ha Giang province | Nam Luong | Dong Van | Bao Lac | Ba Be Lake

Description of Vietnamese hill tribes tour

This 10 day Vietnamese hill tribes tour explores northwest Vietnam and its mountainous landscapes. This is a chance to discover a remote corner of Vietnam, away from its thronging cities, as you follow a circular route from Hanoi up to the Sapa region, travelling along winding roads up into the mountains. Enjoy a homestay in the little village of Ta Van, then travel on to Ha Giang, where the imposing Heavenís Gate mountains tower over forests and rice paddies below. Next, Dong Van for a circular trek through lush farmland and rice paddies, before travelling to the beautiful Ba Be National Park. Here, take a cruise on the lovely Ba Be Lake, looking out for wildlife and throughout, enjoy great food and wonderful scenery, meeting the welcoming local people along the way.

Spending two nights in homestays is a perfect way to learn more about local culture and life, from your Hímong hosts, and to tuck into home cooked dishes. You will also visit Mrs Maiís Responsible Tourism project in Dong Van, a co-operative which helps victims of human trafficking along the Vietnam/China border. Youíll round off your trip with a wonderful last-night dinner at KOTO restaurant, which provides career training to disadvantaged kids. This is a small group holiday with a maximum of 12 people.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Each traveller on this trip is given a reusable bag made by Indigo. Indigo is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on preserving the cloth weaving and dyeing traditions of the minority peoples such as the Dao, Tay and Thai. Indigo produces the bags using only local material sourced from the northern mountains, and the fabrics are made from organic cotton and sewn by deaf mute employees. By providing our travellers with these bags, we help them to avoid creating additional waste with plastic shopping bags. It also gives travellers a chance to support local organisations preserving local crafts.

During the homestay experience in Ba Be Lake travellers will be able to learn more about local building traditions and materials. The buildings that travellers stay in are traditional stilt houses, made by locals from locally-sourced natural materials Ė bamboo, palm leaves and clay bricks.

The Impacts of this Trip

Get to know the places and people of Northern Vietnam on this trip by spending two nights in homestays with local families. Lao Chai and Ba Be Lake are beautiful places to stay, but travellers will appreciate them even more through storytelling and explanations from their local hosts. By including homestays in minority ethnic villages on this trip, itís not only the travellers who are rewarded. Local people benefit economically and their traditions are preserved.

Travellers on this trip celebrate the end of their adventure with an included dinner at the KOTO training restaurant in Hanoi. KOTO is a project aimed at providing hospitality training to underprivileged young people. Their two-year hospitality program equips them with the skills necessary for a sustainable career. At the end of the program trainees are in high demand from hotels and restaurants across Vietnam and around the world. KOTO is supported by our foundation, which aims in part to support projects which provide access to skills training and job opportunities for local people, particularly within the tourism industry.

On this trip, travellers will also have the opportunity to visit Ms. Maiís Handmade Linen Fabric & Textile Cooperative in Lung Tam commune. Founded in 1988 with only three members, the co-op initially employed women who were victims of human trafficking. Police rescued many of the trafficked women, but on returning to their homes found that they were ostracised by their families. Mrs Maiís co-op gave them a home and meaningful employment. Survivors of domestic violence have also found a safe environment in which to earn a living at Mrs Maiís. The co-op now has 130 traditional looms, creating 135 jobs for villagers. It also plays an important role in preserving the brocade craft traditions of the local area, which were once on the verge of extinction.


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