Vietnam Hill Tribe Textile Tour 2018

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Starting and concluding in Hanoi, this 12 day fashion and textile tour of Vietnam will take you and our group on a once in a lifetime adventure.

Traveling through the country’s magnificent mountainous regions, you will visit hill tribe artisans to learn about, and participate in traditional textile workshops such as; making jewelry and weaving with the Lu, embroidery and embellishments with the Red Dao, sewing with the Ha Nhi, and batiking your own bag with the Black Hmong.

This tour includes rural home stays and shopping excursions to remote hill tribe markets for an all-encompassing experience you’ll never forget.


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Day 1 Wednesday: Welcome to Hanoi – Hanoi (Meals provided: Dinner)

● Arrive in Hanoi after international flight, pick up and private transfer from the airport to your hotel.

● Afternoon visit to the celebrated Vietnamese Womens Museum.

● Welcome dinner and introduction to the itinerary.

Day 2 Thursday: Experience Vietnamese Culture – Hanoi (B, L, D)

● Breakfast at the hotel followed by a guided tour of the outstanding Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.

● Free time or optional walking and shopping tour of Hanoi’s historic old quarter and Hoan Kiem lake.

● Group dinner at a traditional Buddhist restaurant followed by a performance of a Mother Goddess ceremony. Recognised as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2017, Mother Goddess worship is a colourful cultural fusion of religion, myth and legend. Spirit mediums embody the ancestors through dance, song and elaborate costumes hoping to bring good luck, health and success to devotees.

Day 3 Friday: Mu Cang Chai with the Hmong – 276km (B, L, D)

● Breakfast at the hotel followed by a scenic drive into the mountain range of Mu Cang Chai

● Lunch on route.

● Arrive in Mu Cang Chai , meet with our Hmong hosts who will introduce and explain their traditional dress and textiles techniques.

● Hmong batik lesson, where you will decorate a canvas tote bag with Hmong motifs using natural bee’s wax, before dyeing your fabric with homemade indigo paste.

● Dinner at our homestay, where we will spend the night.

Day 4 Saturday: Tam Duong – 127km (B, L, D)

● Breakfast at our homestay.

● Spend the morning seeing the results from the previous days Hmong Batik lesson.

● Take a short trek around the village’s stunning rice terraces, meeting more Hmong locals and seeing their way of life.

● Lunch with our hosts.

● Travel to the township of Tam Duong, arriving in the evening in time for dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 Sunday: Tam Duong with the Lu– 30 km (B, L, D)

● 9am start to visit the local Lu village where our host Kieng will introduce and explain her traditional dress and textile techniques to you before giving you the opportunity to try supplementary weft weaving and teach you how to make your own Lao Lu jewellery!

● Lunch on with hosts.

● Continue with workshop.

● Return to hotel for dinner.

Day 6 Monday: Y Ti – 170km (B, L, D)

● 8am Breakfast at the hotel.

● Drive to the frontier town of Y Ti via Vietnam’s highest road highway 4, giving you breathtaking views over the clouds as we pass waterfalls, tea plantations and pretty hill tribe hamlets.

● Lunch on route.

● Check into our dormitory guest house (the only accommodation available in this remote part of Vietnam).

● Free afternoon to enjoy short nature walk before having dinner in the local restaurant.

Day 7 Tuesday: Y Ti with the Ha Nhi – (B, L)

● Breakfast at the guest house.

● Meet the elusive Ha Nhi women who will share with us the spiritual significance of their children’s hats, before letting us study their traditional dress and elaborate hair pieces.

● Participate in a Ha Nhi textiles workshop using their traditional cording and couching technique.

● Lunch with our hosts.

● Drive to Sa Pa through the national park, enjoying more spectacular views. We will make regular stops on route for photo opportunities.

● Check into our hotel in Sa Pa town where you can enjoy a spot of luxury and some home comforts for two nights.

Day 8 Wednesday: Sa Pa town (B)

● Breakfast at the hotel.

● Enjoy a free day to walk, shop, eat, relax and indulge in some much welcome Vietnamese/European comforts in this former French colonial hill station town, also home to the enterprising Black Hmong and Red Dao hill tribes.

Day 9 & 10 Thursday & Friday: – Ta Phin (B,L,D)

● Breakfast at hotel the morning of day 9.

● Departure to Ta Phin Red Dao Village, 10 km outside of Sa Pa town.

● Check into Red  Dao homestay.

● Meet Ta May and friends, who will be your embroidery and embellishment teachers for two days.

● Take a one hour hike up to Tamay’s house, enjoying the magnificent views as you go. Tamay’s house can only be reached by foot as the road is to rocky to carry passengers on a motorbike.

● Make your own Red Dao inspired purse by combining designs from the traditional dress and children’s hats. Purses have been pre-sewn by Tamay’s mum, so all you have to do is sit and stitch with the help of our teachers.

● Lunch with our hosts.

● Walk back to our homestay in Ta Phin village.

● Enjoy the famous healing Red Dao herbal bath (optional).

● Enjoy a traditional Red Dao dinner and some rice wine with our hosts.

● The following morning you can repeat activities from the previous day, or you can have free time to explore the village yourself and relax.

Day 11 Saturday: Ta Van (B, L, D)

● Breakfast at our homestay in Ta Phin Village.

● 20km drive to Lao Chai village in Muong Hoa valley where we will learn about traditional hemp weaving process used by the Black Hmong hill tribe.

● Lunch in a local Black Hmong restaurant.

● Drive to Bac Ha town where we will arrive the night before the famous Flower Hmong market.

● Check into hotel.

Day 12 Sunday : Bac Ha market (B, L)

● 8am visit to the famous Bac Ha market , two hours before the tourists from Sa Pa arrive. Enjoy your final shopping spree alongside the kaleidoscopic, bead encrusted, Flower Hmong ladies.

● Lunch on route.

● Drive back to Hanoi.

● Check into hotel.

Day 13 Monday: Hanoi (B)

● Farewell breakfast at hotel.

● Option to extend your stay or check out (must be booked in advance).

● Transfer to airport.

● End of tour.

All items listed in the itinerary are subject to change.

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Tour leader: Donna Bramhall

Tour operator: Asia Plus Tours

Starting & Ending Point: Hanoi

Dates: Tour 1: September 19th–1st October 2018

             Tour 2: October 10th–22nd October 2018

Tour Cost: £1890 Plus 4% Paypal transaction fee.

Single Person Occupancy: £225


  1. Complete the booking form attached and email it to with the subject “Booking Vietnam 2018” as the title.

  2. A non-refundable deposit of £380.00 GBP is required to secure your place. Payments can be made via Paypal* using email address, clicking the “add to cart” button below, or via bank transfer upon request.

  3. The final balance minus any discounts you have accrued will be due by the close of business at 23:59 GMT on 1st August 2018.

Be quick because there’s only 10 spaces available per tour!

*Please note: When transferring money via PayPal, kindly select the “I’m sending money to family or friends” option in order to reduce the fees charged. Thank you! If you don’t have a PayPal account, just email Donna at the same address and we can arrange a bank transfer.

Once we have received your payment and information we will contact you via email to confirm your place on the tour.

If you have any questions at all about Haute Culture’s Hill Tribe Textile Tour of Vietnam, please email them to Donna at or Mr Le Long at and we will be more than happy to answer them.


5% discount for being a Haute Culture Email Subscriber.

5% extra discount if you book your tour by November 30th 2017.

5% extra discount based on 2 or more friends booking and sharing together.

10% returning customer

The maximum discount available per person is 15% off the total price per tour.


The price includes;

● Local English/Vietnamese speaking guide.

● All transport, permits, sightseeing entrance fees, workshops, materials, textile equipment and excursions listed in itinerary.

● Accommodation as per the itinerary (eight nights in twin room and four nights in a shared homestay)

● Meals as per the itinerary (12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, nine dinners).

● Drinking water.

● Airport transfers in Hanoi.

Not included in the price;

● International/domestic flights.

● Travel insurance (compulsory).

● Vietnamese visa.

● Early check in or late check out at the hotel.

● Meals and drinks not included not listed.

● Alcohol.

● Spending money.

● Tips.

● Extra activities.