Vietnam Hill Tribe Textile Tour


Textile Tour of Vietnam

IMG_4700Starting 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 Lao 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.




(Download the full PDF brochure here)


Day 1 Wednesday 20th September: 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, D)

● Breakfast at the hotel followed by a 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 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 Chang Chai with the Hmong- 276km (B, L, D)

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

● Lunch on route.

● Arrive in Mu Chang 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: Sin Ho – 210km (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 Sin Ho, arriving in the evening in time for dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 Sunday : Sin Ho Market – 85km (L, D)

● 8am start to visit the local hill tribe market, where you can shop for fabrics, yarns, trimmings and pig trotters. This promises to be a fantastic photographic opportunity for you to capture the White and Red Hmong, and Black Dao people selling their weekly wares.

● Lunch on route.

● Drive to Tam Duong where you will quickly check in to your hotel before going to meet with Kieng in the ​Lao Lu​ village. 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!

● Return to hotel for dinner.

Day 6 Monday : Tam Duong with the Lao Lu – 103km (B, L, D)

● Breakfast at the hotel.

● Return to Kieng’s house to continue textile/jewellery making workshops.

● Take a walk around the charming Lao Lu village, meeting the locals and seeing their traditional wooden stilt houses.

● Lunch with our host.

● 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.

● Check into our dormitory guest house (the only accommodation available in the remote part of Vietnam) before having dinner in the local restaurant.

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

● Breakfast at the guest house.

● Optional 1 hour nature walk through the rice paddies and across the river, or take a 15 minute motorbike taxi to the Ha Nhi village.

● 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.

● Lunch with our hosts.

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

● 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 2 nights.

Day 8 Wednesday: Sa Pa town (B, D)

● Breakfast at the hotel.

● Enjoy a free day to walk, shop, 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.

● Enjoy a traditional Sapa BBQ for dinner.

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

● 7:30am departure to Ta Phin Red Dao Village 10 km outside of Sa Pa town.

● Check into ​Red Dao homestay

● Meet​ Ta May​, San May and friends, who will be your embroidery teachers for 2 days.

● Take a 1 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 childrens hats. Purses have been pre-sewn by Tamays 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)

● Breakfast at our homestay in Ta Phin Village.

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

● Free time to explore Ta Van and have lunch.

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

● Check into hotel. Free evening.

Day 12 Sunday : Bac Ha market (L)

● 8am visit to the famous Bac Ha market, 2 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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(Download the full PDF brochure here)

Tour Cost: US$2240 Introduction price. (Regular price US$2400pp)

Tour leader: Donna Bramhall aka Donna Wanderlust

Tour operator: Asia Plus Tours

Tour Guide: Tho Nguyen

Dates: September 20th – 1st October 2017

Starting & Ending Point: Hanoi

IMG_4702★​ 5% discount for being a Haute Culture Email Subscriber.

★​ 5% extra discount if you book your tour by June 29th 2017.

★​ 5% extra discount based on couples sharing a twin or double room. The maximum discount available per person is 15% off the total price per tour.

unnamedThe 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 (8 nights in single room and 4 nights in shared room at homestay). If you want to share a twin room and save 5% off the total cost of the tour please state on your booking form. However this option is only available if we have a equal number of participants also looking to share. ● Meals as per the itinerary (10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 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.

Arrival/Departure Details:

You need to arrive into Hanoi on the 20th of September or earlier. The tour will properly start at 1:30pm on the 20th when we head to the Vietnamese Women’s Museum, so you will need to be well rested and ready to enjoy the day’s activities. If you do arrive early, we can arrange additional accommodation for you in Hanoi depending on your budget and we will also be able to organize a private pickup from the airport for a basic fee. Donna will be in Hanoi 1 week in advance and will be on hand to give suggestions on what to and where to go. For those who wish to remain in Vietnam once the tour is over, please let us know if you need any assistance whatsoever in terms of travel ideas and/or planning and we would be more than happy to help you organize the remainder of your stay!



Private transportation in a mini bus will be provided throughout the duration of the tour unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.



No fancy equipment is necessary. We will send out a packing list and some suggestions to all participants in the coming weeks. Waterproof jacket, comfortable walking shoes, small back pack, sleeping bag liner, reusable water bottle and head torch are recommended.



Your visa must be organised in advance of your departure to Vietnam. Most airline operators require to see a Vietnamese visa in your passport (obtained by your countries local Vietnamese embassy) or an acceptance letter before they let you board the flight. This process can be done online and is relatively easy depending on your nationality. We can provide advice on this.



Travel insurance is compulsory. Participants must purchase insurance before the tour starts. Participants will not be allowed to participate of any of our tours without providing us with their policy details. We will provide recommendations in advance of the departure date.


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

  2. A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 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 9th August 2017. Be quick because there’s only 8 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 me on 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 spot on the tour.

If you have any questions about Haute Culture’s Hill Tribe Textile Tour of Vietnam, please email me at and I will be more than happy to answer them. I shall look forward to hearing from you and hopefully having you join my fashionable adventure across amazing Vietnam!

See you there!