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Overview

If living authentically, fearlessly and abundantly speaks to you, this is the one retreat for you. With a special journey through the South to North to rebalance you, release energetic and emotional blocks basically all that’s not really you

The textiles tours are fascinating excursions which can be experienced in Vietnam. The textiles tours provide a glimpse into the traditional weaving and decorating practices of the ethnic minorities in the region. Visitors will learn about textile techniques, history and culture and contemporary developments. Wonderful hill tribes culture, fabulous scenery, excellent food and the delightful people make for a truly memorable learning experience.

Highlights

  • Explore My Tho – famous for its coconut production
  • Take a Xe Loi ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy the green fields and gardens
  • Enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to visit a local rice noodle factory
  • Explore Ho Chi MInh city to visit Independence Palace (Reunification Palace), the people’s Committee Hall, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Hanoi City tour with Van Phuc silk weaving village
  • Experience Sapa with walking up to Ham Rong Mountain.
  • Visit indigo or hemp farms and study batik and tritik technique and H’mong and Dzao textiles
  • Admire Halong bay – a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty

Destinations

Country

Vietnam

Vietnam Destinations

Ho Chi Minh

Tour Information

Accommodations

We offer spacious en-suite accommodation, together with a large number of facilities for your convenience. Each room includes a seating area (television with large sofas and armchairs), and a communal area (table and chairs). All apartments have free access to Wi-Fi internet. Rooms are cleaned daily.
Every room has a television with basic channels. There is also a telephone for incoming or outgoing calls. The apartments also have a fridge, hair drier, tea making facilities, iron with ironing board, and clothes drier.

Food and Beverage

We believe that the starting point for rejuvenation of the body and mind is through the foods that we consume. Therefore we offer an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole foods at Retreats.

Transportation

  • Domestic flights Ho Chi Minh – Hanoi
  • Transfers with air-conditioning (AC)

Other Activities

  • Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules, and room availability.
  • Standard Hotel Check-in time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (local time)
  • Standard Hotel Check out time: 11:00am-12pm (local time)
  • All bank charges to be born by the remitter.
  • All hotel rooms are based on the lowest category of room or Run of House excepted mentioned ones, upgrade is subject to supplement
  • Halong Cruise Itinerary: The Halong cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather, tide levels and operating conditions without prior notice.
  • Supplement charge for room rate in peak dates depends on the hotel category used. Compulsory gala dinner on X’mas, New Year’s Eve & Lunar New Year’s Eve to be advised upon booking. Prices for the group of 15 persons up in 5 stars hotels sometimes requires to re-quote bases on the hotel policy.

SPECIAL NOTE for Sapa tour: Bring along light cotton dress/trouser, warm jacket (rain and wind, silk sleeping bag, mosquito repellent, good walking/hiking shoes, a walking stick, sun hat/sun lotion, hand lotion, lip balm. Roads: Driving can be a challenge as roads can be bumpy or under construction, driving time depends on weather and road conditions – only rough estimates can be given.

Reward: stunning scenery, most colorful people and dresses, countless photo opportunities off the beaten track.

Includes

  • Accommodation in shared Twin/ Double/ Triple room with air-conditioning (AC) and private bathroom
  • Domestic flights Ho Chi Minh – Hanoi
  • Meals as stated in the programme [B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner]
  • Transfers with air-conditioning (AC)
  • English speaking guides in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Mineral water of 2 bottles on bus per day
  • Cold towels available on the vehicles

Excludes

  • Not mentioned flights, optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals,
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

Booking Terms

Minimum 30% Deposit to confirm the Voucher

Pre Full Paid before Departure

Booking Policies

TIPPING:

  • Tipping is widely practiced and expected:
  • Guides & drivers
  • US$ 5/ person/per day/ group up to 4 pax.
  • US$ 4/ person/per day/ group up to 9 pax.
  • US$ 3/ person/per day/ group from 10 pax.

CHILD & FREE OF CHARGE POLICY:

  • Infant below 2 years old sharing same room with parents is free of charge.
  • Child below 12 yrs old sharing same room with 1 ADL is charged for 90%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old with extra bed and sharing the same room with parents is charged for 65%.
  • Child below 12 yrs old No extra bed & sharing same room with parents is charged for 55%
  • Group tour of full paying 15pax, one (01) tour leader is given complimentary on twin sharing basis include breakfast (domestic air ticket is not applicable).

Supplement charge during Lunar New Year from 13th February – 21st February 2018
• US$ 20/ pax/ day for FIT booking from 2 – 4 pax.
• US$ 15 / pax/ day for FIT booking from 5 – 9 pax.
• US$ 10 / pax/ day for GIT booking from 10 pax up

Location

Departure Time

8:08 am

Pick up

We will pick up you from the airport

We will let you know in booking confirmation

Tour Detail Itinerary

Tour Details

Multiple days

Number of day

9

Number of Night

8

Itinerary

Day 1
SAIGON ARRIVAL

 

Upon arrival at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, you are warmly welcomed by our local guide and transfer to hotel in Saigon for check-in. Free at leisure for your own activities. Accommodation at hotel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 2
HOCHIMINH – PRIVATE TRIP TO MEKONG DELTA RIVER (MY THO – BEN TRE)

Morning meet our local guide in the lobby of your hotel and drive to My Tho the heart of the Mekong Delta, famous for its coconut production and quiet, peaceful waterways and the most beautiful landscapes, the pristine natural beauty that is Ben Tre Province. Known as “Coconut Island,” many of its people still rely on tradition and centuries-old methods of production. Our program focuses on the Giong Trom and Phong Nam districts, areas untouched by commercial tourism.

We showcase the amazing local people, the villages they call home and the peaceful Rivers they use as a part of their daily lives.

Upon arrival, take a Xe Loi ride through the local village of Huu Dinh to enjoy the green fields and gardens. Continue with a short walk to Huu Phuoc Bridge, where you will start your boat trip through small canals with the beautiful tropical scenery. On board, the boat, enjoy a welcome drink and tropical fruits while cruising.

The cruise will first stop at a Coconut processing family owned business. Here you will learn what Ben Tre is known for and the hundreds of uses of every single coconut. Return to your boat and cruise across the water to a brick-making factory, where the locals still use centuries-old traditional methods to make the bricks by hand. Enjoy a casual cycling trip that will take you to visit a local rice noodle factory which produces Hu Tieu noodles, one of the most popular dishes in the region.

After your visit takes a short walk to one of our friends, Mrs. Huong, who lives with her 3 children and grandson – they live on fishing, shrimp, and fruit orchards. Enjoy fresh fruits and tea and then board a rowing sampan taking you through a lush narrow canal, displaying the tranquil nature of the region.

After our team rows you through the quiet canal, reconnect with your Day Cruiser and enjoy a cruise to a private riverside restaurant. It is time for you to relax and enjoy a 5-course lunch of local specialties. Relax and have a walk around the lush garden setting.

Then continue your cycling trip to My Long to visit Mr. Sau Tuong, a former Vietcong soldier who survived two years fighting the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Now he and his wife live on making rice paper which is the most famous specialty of My Long village. Have a chat with him and enjoy the crispy rice paper made by his wife, and see how it is made.

Then visit the nearby house of Mr. Hung, who is a famous sticky rice maker in the village. You can also feed his stock of catfish and walk through his fruit garden.

After the visit, the boat will be waiting for you at the pier nearby to bring you back to Ben Tre city where your car will be ready to take you back to Ho Chi Minh City. Overnight at hotel in Ho Chi Minh.

Day 3
HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR – HANOI (DOMESTIC FLIGHT TICKET SGN – HAN IS INCLUDED)

After breakfast at hotel, you will explore the city to visit Independence Palace (Reunification Palace), the People’s Committee Hall, Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral inaugurated in 1880 became the spiritual and cultural crucible of the French presence in the Orient as was the Post office designed by Gustav Eiffel and resembling a grand railway station, the War Remnants Museum – the Museum of thematic research, collection , storage, preservation and display of the material, photographs, artifacts on the evidence of the crime and the consequences of the war that the invasion force has caused to Vietnam. Lunch will be at serving at the local restaurant before proceeding to Tan Son Nhat Airport to take a domestic flight Hanoi.

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport by our local guide then transfer to check in the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Day 4
HANOI - SILK WEAVING VILLAGE - TEXTILE WORKSHOP AND DEMONSTRATIONS

After breakfast at a hotel. We will start the day to visit Women Museum. This museum offers a good view of the lifestyles, culture, and textiles of 54 ethnic minorities living in Vietnam also collection includes more than 25,000 items and documents which illustrate the past and current achievements, contributions, and creativity of Vietnamese women.

Afterward, you will be transferred to Van Phuc silk weaving village, situated on the banks of the Nhue Thi River, 8 km west of Hanoi. The village is well known for its traditional sericulture, silk weaving and silk ware. You can admire beautiful shirts, silk craft, ties, dresses and many other products made of silk. The silk is still being made in the traditional Vietnamese way using century old techniques.

Lunch will be served at local restaurant. Afternoon you will take part in the textile workshop and demonstrations with textile practitioners with a Textile Artist for hands-on natural dyed experiences. Processes from dying, weaving, decorative concepts, silk will examine processing during the workshop. All the material in this class is lead to natural and environment protecting.

Here you have opportunities to see the wide range of natural color dyed on to antique fabrics, how the organic dyed product made from leafs, roots, and barks… and environmentally safe pigments. Experience yourself by hand-on an indigo dyed product.

Dinner will be served at local restaurant. Around 20:00 hrs you will be transferred to Hanoi Railway Station. The overnight train trip to Lao Cai in superior 4-berth compartments sharing with other passengers. The train departs at approximately 21:50 hrs.

Notes: Train schedule is subject to change. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

2 ways private compartments on request at surcharge of US$ 150/ pax/ (1 pax in 1 private cabin), US$ 100/ pax/ (2 pax in 1 private cabin), US$ 50/ pax/ (3 pax in 1 private cabin).

Day 5
LAO CAI - SAPA - HAM RONG MOUTAIN

Early morning (approximately 06:30 hrs) arrival at Lao Cai, the border town to Yunnan, China. The journey starts with a 38 km drive on winding roads up the mountains to Sapa, located approx. 1,500 m above sea level. On clear days you can see the highest mountain of Vietnam, the Fansipan.

After breakfast local restaurant, before walking up to Ham Rong Mountain. Ham Rong Mountain, which is situated in the center of Sapa town, is a remarkable tourist attraction. Shaped like a dragon’s head in the clouds, Ham Rong Mountain is nearly 2000 meters high with green trees and colorful flowers almost all year around.

Most tourists visiting Sapa do the exciting climb up to the mountain. Recently, this tourist site has been upgraded, in which there will be traditional art performance show for tourists when visiting Ham Rong. The path leading up to Ham Rong Mountain consists of many stone steps and a winding trail higher up will help to see small streams lazily run through bushy foliages. About mid­way, visitors will find themselves in an orchid -garden with more than 400 species of colorful blooms. Standing on the highest point of Ham Rong Mountain, tourists will have a breathtaking view over the romantic Sapa town.

Lunch will be served at the local restaurant before checking in the hotel. Afternoon you will view most intriguing work & collection of ancient designs of local weaver, enjoy baste fiber (smashing, bleaching…), visit indigo or hemp farms and study batik and trick technique and H’mong and Dzao textiles. In the evening, you are free to enjoy the traditional musical performance of H’mong people by your own. Overnight in Sapa.

Day 6
SAPA – LAO CHAI – TA VAN - NIGHT TRAIN TO HANOI

Sunrise breakfast, trekking from the hotel through pine forest and mountain valley that surrounded by French architectures to Lao Chai village, home of the Black H’mong people and Ta Van village, home of the Dzay tribe. The customer has the chance to experience and hands on the fabric workshop to learn about traditional weaving, private meeting with textile artist and craftspeople, practice the process from a raw tree of age-old and dyes technique linen texture. Lunch will be served at local restaurant

After a short walk around Sapa, transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station where you will board the overnight train to Hanoi at around 20:15 hrs (shared sleeping compartments, sharing with other passengers in 2 lower & 2 upper berths per compartment).

Notes: Train schedule is subject to change. Private compartments on request at the surcharge. Train journeys are part of a great local experience. Cabins are shared with other local passengers (unless private cabin is requested and all berths paid for – with supplement). Restrooms at either end of the carriages complete the local experience.

Day 7
HANOI – HALONG BAY OVERNIGHT ON JUNK

Arrive in Hanoi early this morning, pick up from the train station and transfer to the local 3 star hotel for breakfast, shower and freshen up before proceed to Halong Bay (165 km east of Hanoi) – a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty, you will experience a rural area dotted with villages, rice fields and farms providing the many parts of the nation with rice, fruits, and vegetables. Short rest stop en route, you will reach Halong city after 3.5

12:00: Arrive at Tuan Chau Wharf
12h00 – 12h30 Embark on the Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing.
13h30 – 15h30 Savor a delectable lunch as cruises among the limestone islands.
15h30 – 16h30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
16h30 – 17h30 Return to the main boat and continue cruising to the quite area while enjoying beautiful seascape on the way.
17h30 – 19h00 Cooking class and sunset party on the sundeck
19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, take part in board games, fish for squid, or just laze around. Overnight on board.

 

Day 8
DAY 8: HALONG BAY - HANOI

06h30 – 07h30 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
07h30 – 08h30 Have breakfast on board while the boat starts cruising to the Natural Preservation Zone.
08h30 – 09h30 Kayaking to explore around the area or visit a floating house and learn about the daily life of the local fisherman who lives there…
09h30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09h30 – 10h30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
10h30 – 11h30 While heading back to the harbor, watch the fruit carving demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h00 – 12h30 Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi, short rest at Dai Viet or Hong Ngoc or ABC shopping en route back.

Day 9
HANOI – DEPARTURE

Free at your own leisure time until transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for your international flight home. We hope you had an exciting holiday with us. Making it an affair to remember!

Tour Filter

Main Languages

English

Food Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Tour Types

  • Customize Tour
  • Private Group

Retreat Activities

  • Adventure Activities
  • City breaks
  • History & Culture
  • Photography

Traveler Type

  • Private Couple
  • Group of Friends
  • Family with Children
  • Old Persons over 50s
  • Teenager Activities
  • Executive Retreats
  • Women Only
  • LGBT
  • Privates
  • For Everyone

Means of Transportation

  • Flight
  • Walking
  • Private Car

Means of Accomodation

  • Hotel

Escorts Services

  • Group Tour Guider

Max Group Size

12