Vietnam Hill Tribe holiday

“Hike to meet and live with the remote communities of northern Vietnam – sleeping in stilt houses, sharing meals – on this unique cultural holiday.”


Hanoi guided day tour | sleeper train to Lao Cai | Sapa | stay in ethnic minority villages | waterfall hikes | volunteer with tree planting or village work | Mai Chau | Pu Luong | cave exploration | market visits | Hoi An | cycling to village outside Hoi An

Description of Vietnam Hill Tribe holiday

This 14 day Vietnam hill tribe holiday takes you on a path less travelled, into remote regions of northern Vietnam to meet the numerous ethnic minority communities living there. Hike to fascinating, unspoiled villages, meeting the people who live here, many of whom wear brightly colours traditional dress, use distinct languages and live in unique buildings.

We will travel to the Sapa region and remote Pu Luong region, south of Hanoi, both home to distinctive minority cultures and beautiful landscapes. As well as meeting local people, we’ll also work with them in their villages now and then, which is a really fun way to get to know them and understand their lives and cultures.

This is a really unique adventure, perfect for travellers seeking an intrepid and authentic experience. Be ready to embrace a down to earth way of life, eating basic local food and spending your nights in simple dwellings. Expect to sleep only on a thin mattress, and be prepared to eat whatever is served, use an outside latrine and wash with cold water. There is plenty of hiking involved, too, as many of the villages are not served by roads, so a decent level of fitness is necessary.

You’ll be rewarded with a unique insight into hill tribe life and very special memories of a true adventure. The people you meet are some of the friendliest anywhere in the world, with fascinating customs and ancient traditions, which they are happy to share with you. So, this is not a typical beach holiday or sightseeing tour, it’s a wonderfully close encounter with unique and welcoming people in a very remote part of the world.

This holiday may suit mature teenagers, but isn’t ideal for children. You can tailor the holiday to suit your interests and preferences, with some time at the beaches of South China and as much or as little time exploring the heritage sites of Vietnam as you please. Add on a visit to Cambodia or Laos, too, if you like. This trip will be completely designed for you, so just let us know what you’d like to include.

The best time to go on this tour is from October to December and from March to early May.

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Departure information

We offer a complete tailor made service and this suggested sampled itinerary can be tailor made to suit your requirements
Holiday type

Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Vietnam Hill Tribe holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


To deepen the experience, we encourage travellers to engage in voluntary activities – tree-planting, working on on-going projects, helping older school children with their English lessons and so on. Wherever possible, we generate income for people living in poor areas by using local materials, transport, food and guides and paying directly to the individuals concerned rather than intermediaries.

Our members of staff visit the destinations from time to time to look for new opportunities to benefit families and communities.

We also provide advance information about the areas and peoples featured in the itinerary with particular emphasis to raise awareness of the need for environmental protection and cultural conservation. To assist in a practical way, we are developing a scheme to persuade clients to make donations to under-funded small-scale projects.

This tour fits our philosophy admirably. It’s a means of alleviating poverty, conserving our indigenous culture, protecting the natural environment and, at the same time, providing our customers with an unforgettable holiday.

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