What speaks to your heart? Ceramics, paintings, fabrics, carvings, clothing, or just fun souvenirs? The arts and crafts of Vietnam are reflections of culture that have evolved over centuries into expressions of the spirit of Vietnamese people. Our tours give you the chance to see some of the finest handicraft examples available and to learn about their history and methods of production. Returning home with a small piece of Vietnamese artistry helps keep culture alive, and is an ideal way to remember your journey and the people you met along the way.
The Hanoi vicinity has many handicraft villages that you can visit. These villages specialize in a wide variety of crafts ranging from the making of conical 'non' hats to the production of fine lacquer wares. Deep tradition continues to the present day in Vietnam's famous handicraft villages, and you'll be amazed by the skill of these artisans. During your Hanoi time, we encourage you to spare at least a day to experience these villages; they are ideal places to visit if you are in love with local arts and crafts, or are searching for an ideal gift or memento of your journey to Vietnam..
Mai Chau offers a most splendid vista of the valley surrounded by the lush green forests, fields and stilt houses of the White Thai ethnic group. This is a quiet piece of countryside to stroll and cycle through and to be wrapped in the warm and nice hospitality of the Thai people. The Sunday market brings hundreds of locals where many traditional Thai dishes are made and you can revel in the sounds of traditional music and dance.
Exploring the colorful markets in the mountains makes for an exciting day trip from Sapa. Leaving early, you have the chance to see the sunrise as you head through indescribable mountain scenery and watch as the local villages wake up. Most of the markets are in the wilderness. To attend the weekly social and commercial event many local hill tribes leave their isolated homes on the precipitous mountaintop cornfields and trek for miles. There are a few souvenirs for sale here but you may find a tasty snack or a bargain price on a buffalo!
Sapa is the premier hill station in northern Vietnam and an incredible place for trekking lovers. This has been a crossroads for millennia for Vietnamese, Chinese, and a diverse array of minority groups, all of whom have left the stamp of their cultures. Many minority groups retain their traditional ways of life in earthen or wooden houses in the valleys from which they tend animals and farm the hillsides above. The scenery of the imposing mountains and rice terraces gives this area a great combination of nature and culture and is definitely a place for adventurers. Join us on this trip to experience a great trekking tour through village settings in the beautiful green and learn about the fascinating cultures of the locals. Read More
As one of the world's largest rivers and Vietnam's agricultural heart, the Mekong River and its vast delta provide endless opportunities to experience sights, sounds and smells that will stay with you long after you have left the region. This lovely cycling tour takes you to a variety of Mekong Delta highlights. You can marvel at the variety of bird life in nature reserves, encounter Khmer monks in incense-filled pagodas, cruise through tangled mangrove swamps, and join one of the most lively floating markets in the region.
Pretty scenes of lush orchards, vibrant flower gardens and musicians playing traditional music complete our backdrop as we boat through the canals and stroll on small islands. The trip includes a visit to the most amazing floating markets of the Mekong delta, the Cai Rang floating market where hundreds of boats of all sizes fill the river trading in agricultural goods of all kinds.This trip is designed especially for travelers who will leave Vietnam and continue on to Phnom Penh, Cambodia by traveling along the beautiful waterways of the Mekong... Read More
About 70 km south of Saigon, My Tho is the metropolis of Tien Giang province. This is an exciting day for those who don't have much time to spare. Boat along small canals, take walks through orchards and visit local fisherman and farmers. Our one day delta tour is a fascinating and rewarding exploration of the daily lifestyles of local people as well as the marvelous nature of the Mekong delta.
For an in-depth, introduction to the delta this trip is a must! We drive to My Tho and start our exploration by boat. This area is home of myriad of rice fields, canals and small villages. Pretty scenes of lush orchards, vibrant flower gardens and musicians playing traditional music complete our backdrop. The trip includes a visit to the most amazing floating markets of the Mekong delta, the Cai Rang floating market where hundreds of boats of all sizes fill the river trading in agricultural goods of all kinds.
For an in-depth Mekong delta experience this trip is a must! ... This part of the delta is home to a myriad of rice fields, canals and small villages. Pretty scenes of lush orchards, vibrant flower gardens and musicians playing traditional music complete our backdrop as we boat through the canals and stroll on small islands. The trip includes a visit to the most amazing floating markets of the Mekong delta, the Cai Rang floating market where hundreds of boats of all sizes fill the river trading in agricultural goods of all kinds... Read More
This special trip is designed for travelers who will leave Vietnam and continue on to Cambodia. Our tour covers all of the iconic highlights of Mekong, with plenty of time for your to explore deeply this amazing delta. So come along with us and let our experienced guides give you a value-packed tour of natural outstanding sights with plenty of fun and a few little surprises along the way.
During this cultural expedition, you will enjoy the best of Northern Vietnam in the areas of Mai Chau, Son La, Than Uyen and Sapa, providing you wonderful settings for trekking routes. The Thai minority, a warm and friendly ethnic group, will welcome you into their homes and share their stilt house lifestyle. The roads wind precariously across the mountain ranges capturing the intensely varied lifestyles of Vietnamese people. The final two days of your journey will be spent trekking to stay in minority villages around Sapa.
The city of Hue has long been one of the country's foremost cultural, religious, and educational centers. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1993. Restoration and preservation work continues with tourism by Vietnamese and foreigners alike providing an important contribution. This tour takes you at a relaxing pace to some of the must see sites, letting you wander through this city of galleries of Vietnam's history.This tour takes you away from the standard city tour routes to explore rural life, country lanes, and handicraft villages. What could be better than gentle cycling while waving at locals and getting great smiles in return? Come make an unforgettable memory with us in and around this fantastic city...Read More
Hoi An outskirts are the perfect cycling places to explore the agricultural & natural waterway sights in the normal life of local farmers, and surrounding landscape of this charming town. Peaceful & ancient villages, farmlands, fields, markets... sketch out a long story about the legendary Thu Bon river. This half-day cycling route gives you a true appreciation of Hoi An outskirts.
The city of Hue has long been one of the country's foremost cultural, religious, and educational centers. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1993. Restoration and preservation work continues with tourism by Vietnamese and foreigners alike providing an important contribution. This tour starts with a glance at Hue's major historical sites before taking you along the coast for some stunning ocean vistas, and a few other scenic stops before reaching Hoi An, the ancient port town and World Heritage Site.
The city of Hue has long been one of the country's foremost cultural, religious, and educational centers. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1993. Restoration and preservation work continues with tourism by Vietnamese and foreigners alike providing an important contribution. This tour starts with a glance at Hue's major historical sites before taking you along the coast for some stunning ocean vistas, and a few other scenic stops before reaching Hoi An, the fantastically well preserved ancient port town and World Heritage Site.
Journey from one World Heritage Site to another. Experience two different atmospheres, both charming and deeply etched with history. This tour gives you enough time to explore so many of the area's cultural treasures at a relaxing pace. Interesting and gorgeous sites are numerous in this part of Vietnam, and we're offering you to the chance to see most of them while still having plenty of free time for your own leisure.
This trip brings you from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap through Battambang, the rice bowl of Cambodia. The adventure begins with a visit to the incredible floating town of Kompong Luang, the largest floating community on the massive Tonle Sap Lake. At Battambang we'll make an in depth exploration of rural Cambodian life by visiting local villages and sacred temples. There is also an option to visit the incredible jungle temple of Banteay Chhmar, famous for its signature carved faces of King Jayavarman VII.
This trip is a smooth combination of ecotourism and community-based tourism. It includes the perfect sustainable ingredients for a very complete full day tour: elephant learning, ethnic minority village, handicrafts introduction, kids support... What else could we include to make this trip more responsible?
Visiting friendly Laos capital city where many ancient monuments and stupas. Beside, this city boasts outstanding French colonial architecture and low level buildings that are spread out in the city, enhancing a cultural and relaxed atmosphere. Up there in Luang Prabang, you experience the ancient kingdom of Laos where traditionally remain uncharged in century. It is known as the 'Thousand Pagoda City', there are countless intriguing architectural highlights in the sleepy and once royal capital.
A tour with a difference, allowing you to really immerse yourself in Lao culture; you will venture out into the rural hill tribe villages to see the different ethnic minorities and to learn about their fascinating lifestyles, traditions and colourful history. You will be scenically rewarded by the stunning river views, such as on the Wat Phou cruise that takes you in comfort down the majestic Mekong River, zigzagging through mild rapids to Champassak, through the 4,000 islands region, and to the scenic splendour Khong Pha Peng waterfall, known as the "Niagara of the East".
Vang Vieng is a stunning small riverside town and a traveller's paradise, you will take in some of the most spectacular scenery you're ever going to encounter, as this town is located at the foot of the breathtaking mountains and nestled on the banks of the gorgeous Nam Song River. The tour explores Southeast Asia's most laid back capital, Vientiane and the fairy-tale kingdom of Luang Prabang, visiting magnificent temple structures and monuments of national and historical importance.
A full day dedicated to adventure sites around Luang Prabang: trekking through lush forest and rice fields, climbing to explore the hidden Pha Long cave, then visit Pak Ou caves which remain an important place for all Lao pilgrims. We will also have some time for a kayaking trip on Mekong river to a wine-making village.
A full day cycling to minorities' villages around Luang Prabang: Ban Xieng Man, Ban Na Kham, Ban Houay Tan (Khmu village), Ban Chan Neua and Ban Chan Tai – a perfect way to get closer to ethnic cultures of Laos and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
The 7.5 kilometers of Nam Hinboun flows through the cave of Konglor. It is the longest and grandest cave in Laos measuring up to 70-80 meters in some places. Climb to the dark summit to see the top of the waterfall. It is a true cave explorer's experience complete with darkness and small spaces. When light shines on the water, you will be amazed by how clear it is.
In the North Central of Laos, lies an area known to only a small number of interested travelers, archeologists, and historians, those mainly fascinated by the thousands of years old stone jars that are found at sites scattered about the vicinity. That is the surrounding valley of the capital of Xieng Khoang, which is spectacular for two reasons: the Plain of Jars and the crater holes as a result of heavy bombing.
This package is dedicated to people eager to discover an authentic Vietnam while enjoying some of the best treats en route. From North to South, travel the country in style. You'll get immersed in culture, tradition, charm and exoticism all along. We've picked for you the best gastronomic spots and made a selection of hotels, resorts and lodges that all mix harmoniously tradition and luxury. The "crème de la crème" of Vietnam served with our usual excellence of services.
This 7-day-tour gives you an amazing experience of truly local life in Vietnam. From the unique Thai ethnic culture in Mai Chau and Moc Chau to the peaceful rural life in countryside land of Ky Son and Duong Lam villages. From a graceful traditional homestay to a luxury boutique garden homestay, come with us to see the difference; to enjoy cycling, trekking between mountainous valleys then immerse yourself in ancient architecture of the best preserved villages.
This special package is perfect for family that has kids go together and would love to discover Vietnam in a more-than-classic-way! Pack all the things you needed and immerse fully in colorful hill tribe market, stunning terrace field valley in Sapa; shake hands and lovely chat with locals in one of the best rural architecture-preserved villages; kayaking and admire floating village in amazing World Heritage Halong Bay; feel the cultural atmosphere of ancient Hue and Hoi An; and get on the boat to cruise along canals lined with palm trees and thick mangroves in Mekong Delta... Let's make a move now!!!Read More
This trip brings you to the famed and iconic spots. However we promise an individual and memorable experience by adding healthy servings of creativity and panache. So to offer you the best service possible we find the trails and hidden gems that others overlook in their haste. When you visit the 'must do' spots with Handspan, you'll do more than just see them, we'll give you a deeper understanding of these beautiful places. We'll take you to the spots you expect to see while taking you far beyond your expectations.
Explore Vietnam's southern highlights on a journey into one of Southeast Asia's most fascinating regions. Begin your laid back adventure exploring the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and taking in its many striking contrasts. You'll then escapte the chaos city and drive through the green and tranquil Vietnamese countryside to the legendary Mekong River, taking in traditional villages and the hustle and bustle of the river on the way, and experience the most colorful floating market on the Delta.
This is a great day trip to some of our favorite spots around Luang Prabang. We take you across the Mekong river to visit several villages of various ethnic cultures where we promise you the chance for enriching encounters. Our day's excursion finishes in style as we check out the Khuang Si Waterfall and its sublime turquoise pools amid a jungle setting. Take the time to cool off in the pools or with a gentle walk along forest trails.
This trip is a smooth combination of the two excursions to Khuang Si waterfall and Pak Ou caves. It includes the perfect ingredients for a very complete full day tour: local market, ethnic minorities villages, handicrafts introduction, stunning waterfall, refreshing natural pools, forest trails, boat trip on the Mekong, caves exploration, local alcohol tasting... What else could we include to make this trip unforgettable?
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