With diverse and fascinating histories, our producers in Asia are some of the most established and distinct in our range. Taking inspiration from their fascinating cultures and sublime natural landscapes, it’s little wonder the crafts and products of this region continue to inspire across the world.
With eight Meet the People tours in Asia to choose from, we’ve got plenty of options for those looking to travel here. Whether you’re looking to head to India in search of colourful jewellery, want to discover the dramatic peaks of the Himalayas in Nepal and learn more about the weavers who call this region home, or fancy soaking up the beaches and tea plantations of stunning Sri Lanka, we’ve some excellent experiences to enjoy.
Found 8 holidays
09 Feb to 24 Feb 2019 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
Western India is famous for its textiles, crafts, and cultural and social diversity. Led by our experienced Indian tour facilitator, Ranjith Henry, this tour takes us through the states of Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat and has a strong textile flavour. Along the way we visit embroiderers, weavers and farmers, some of whom have been working with Traidcraft for over 25 years. We begin in Mumbai, the commercial capital of India, home to some of Asia's largest slums and where we will see both sides of this complex city....
22 Jul to 04 Aug 2018 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
28 Oct to 10 Nov 2018 - NEARLY GUARANTEED
21 Jul to 03 Aug 2019 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
27 Oct to 09 Nov 2019 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
Forget the Thailand of the mass tourism brochures! This trip will introduce you to a land rich in culture, beauty and diversity seldom seen by those who think only of its beaches and bars. Thailand is a country rich in cultural and ethnic diversity. It has a remarkable heritage of ancient crafts of all kinds. Setting off from Bangkok, this tour takes us north, through some stunning areas seldom visited by tourists and where you will have a real opportunity to appreciate authentic Thai life and meet the craftsmen and wome...
04 Nov to 17 Nov 2018 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
03 Nov to 16 Nov 2019 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
Bangladesh has been a priority of Traidcraft since it started, and this tour takes us to producer groups who featured in the first ever catalogue. It is a beautiful country of friendly people, fertile farmland, winding waterways and a fascinating architectural heritage. As well as sampling the tastes, sights and sounds that distinguish Bangladeshi culture you will have an opportunity to meet the producers behind fair trade in Bangladesh and visit development projects that address the problems caused by war and flooding. You ...
21 Feb to 08 Mar 2019 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
Stunning scenery, exotic wildlife, a rich and fascinating culture - Sri Lanka has something to delight any traveller. And with them all packed into one small island, there's something to marvel at and enjoy every day, as we explore the wonders of its ancient cities, the lush tea estates surrounding Kandy and delight in the warm welcome from handloom workers at Selyn. From its modern capital, Colombo, to the glories of its ancient past, this tour provides the perfect introduction to all that Sri Lanka has to offer. We see...
12 Jan to 27 Jan 2019 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
As we travel through the stunning coastal and mountainous landscapes of southern India we leave the well-travelled tourist trail and are invited into villages and communities for an amazing insight into rural life. Starting with Fair Trade Alliance Kerala we visit smallholder farmers in the Western Ghats. In an area under threat from deforestation and the commercial use of natural forests, the farmers of organic coffee and spices see themselves as guardians of one of the most important areas of biodiversity in India. We ...
23 Oct to 08 Nov 2018 - FULLY BOOKED - Please contact us for waiting list.
22 Oct to 07 Nov 2019 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
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, w...
10 Nov to 23 Nov 2018 - GUARANTEED - ONLY 4 SPACES LEFT
09 Mar to 22 Mar 2019 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
16 Nov to 29 Nov 2019 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
With the majestic Himalayas supplying their stunning backdrop, this is a unique and unforgettable visit to a truly amazing country. As we explore the Kathmandu Valley with its many ancient temples, we spend time with weavers and handmade paper producers, members of the vibrant network of fair trade producers in Nepal. We also search for rhino in Chitwan National Park and spend time in the lakeside city of Pokhara which provides dramatic views of the Annapurna Himal. During our time in Nepal we visit Get Paper Industries ...
14 Oct to 28 Oct 2018 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
09 Oct to 23 Oct 2019 - GOOD AVAILABILITY
Travelling from Delhi to Kolkata, via the holy city of Varanasi, the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort at Agra, this is a trip which immerses you in the richness of India's vibrant culture and its often complex but nevertheless fascinating history. On the way you'll meet some of Traidcraft's oldest and newest suppliers - stone carvers, jewellers and craftworkers who, thanks to fair trade, are keeping skill and tradition alive and creating new opportunities for themselves and their families. In Varanasi we meet weavers who have ...
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