|1||Depart UK||Overnight flight to Hanoi|
|2||Arrival day||Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to hotel||D|
|3||Hanoi||Visit to Craft Link. Enjoy a Vietnam water puppet show||B L|
|4||Hanoi||Visit silk weaving producers in Phuon La village||B L|
|5||Hanoi to Halong Bay||Cruise and overnight stay on a traditional Vietnamese junk||B L D|
|6||Halong Bay to Hanoi||Visit a local fishing village before transferring to Hanoi||B L|
|7||Hanoi to Mai Chau||Stay in a traditional Vietnamese village built entirely on stilts||B L D|
|8||Mai Chau - Train to Hue||Mai Chau to Hanoi. Overnight train to Hue||B L|
|9||Hue||Boat trip on the Perfume river. Visit to Tu Duc tomb||B L|
|10||Hue to Hoi An||Visit to Ngoc Son Princess garden house||B|
|11||Hoi An||Vietnamese cookery class. Tour of the ancient town.||B L|
|12||Hoi An to Ho Chi Minh City||Internal flight to Ho Chi Minh City||B|
|13||Ho Chi Minh City||Tour of Ho Chi Min City||B|
|14||Ho Chi Minh City||Visit to Mai Handicraft's Showroom and wood workshop producers||B L|
|15||Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta||Travel to My Tho. Stay in family owned accommodation||B L D|
|16||Vinh Long to Ho Chi Minh City||Sunrise in the Mekong Delta||B L D|
|17||Depart||Overnight flights back to the UK||B|
Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner
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Vietnam is packed full of incredible landscapes and welcoming, warm-hearted inhabitants. You will have the chance to experience typical Vietnamese handicrafts in villages and cities as we travel from the north, right down to the south of Vietnam. Along the way we encourage you to meet local people and explore a side to Vietnam that the tourists rarely see.
We begin the tour with a visit to Craft Link and their showroom in Hanoi. From here we will travel out of the city to spend the night in a traditional rural village, where we can enjoy the local culture before returning to Hanoi the following day. We then head to the coast of Halong Bay, one of the most magnificent natural splendours, and then south to Hue with its Royal Imperial Citadel. Travelling further south we visit Hoi An before heading to Ho Chi Minh City, also called the “Far Eastern Pearl”, where we will visit the base of Mai Handicrafts and their producers in and around the capital.
On our tour we will focus more on the cultural and social aspects of Vietnam and hope that through this experience you will discover another side to this fascinating country. You will also have the opportunity to discover fair trade in Vietnam which is based on dialogue, transparency and respect, and you will see its contribution to the sustainable development of the country.
“It was a completely brilliant holiday and we loved every minute.”
“Halong Bay – beautiful scenery, restful, chance to kayak and swim and visit the fishing village.”
“A great introduction to a little known culture and a country stereotyped by the Vietnam War”
“Visiting producers is always one of the best bits of any Traidcraft tour – it was interesting and thought provoking in so many ways, and a joy in itself, meeting those whose lives have been changed by fair trade”
“I really enjoyed the holiday – the variety of destinations, scenery, visiting producer groups, trying something new such as snorkelling and learning about a very different culture were all highlights for me”
“It has reinforced – made real – the difference that Traidcraft can make to the lives of the producers”
“The pre-holiday service is a key feature of Skedaddle. Spot on! No other company does what you do or does it so well, from the very first phone call to the briefing and beyond”
“We had a thoroughly fantastic time”
“Varied, interesting programme combining Fair Trade producer visits and wonderful travel destinations”
“A memorable introduction to a fascinating and beautiful country, with a warm welcome from the Vietnamese people we met and an excellent guide with Thao – a splendid ambassador for his country.”
“Whether tour-arranged or our own choice, the food was excellent and memorable – what flavours!”
“The varied itinerary was what attracted us to the trip; the actual holiday exceeded all expectations”
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1 night on boat cruise
2 nights in family-run accommodation
All other accommodation in hotels and guesthouses with en-suite facilities
60% meals provided
1 internal flight
1 train journey on overnight sleeper
3 long road transfers
5 producer visits to 2 Traidcraft suppliers
10 tourist visits
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