Multi-Day Tour | Group, Independent, Private

Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Through The Arts (11 days)

Trails of Indochina - Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam To Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Valid for Departures Now Through: 23 Feb 2019


Day 1
Hanoi, Vietnam
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The capital city of Hanoi, known for its scenic lakes and French colonial buildings, is home to a flourishing contemporary art community. Visit established galleries and art museums with a local curator who will offer insight on how today’s contemporary artists are taking an innovative approach to creative expressions. Gain a different perspective with a visit to an art studio of an American art director who is recognised as a leading authority on contemporary art in Vietnam. View her private collection and learn about the artists and the stories behind the paintings.

Day 2
Hanoi, Vietnam
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The Old Quarter, known for its ‘36 streets of 36 wares,’ is also home to a number of passionate artisans who continue to practice their age-old crafts. Meet with a water puppet craftsman in his home, where you will learn about water puppetry and hear his stories of travelling the world to promote this unique Vietnamese folklore performance. Continue to the home of an artisan specialising in the ancient folk art of ‘Hang Trong’ paintings, originating in the 17th century. Spend a fascinating few hours learning about this ancient craft and watch him create a folk painting using the same woodblocks used by previous generations of craftsmen.

Day 3
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Enjoy a scenic drive through the peaceful countryside to Dong Ho Village, known for its 300-year-old woodblock folk paintings produced on ‘dzo’ paper, which is made of tree bark. In its prime days, the entire village was devoted to this art. However, today there are only a handful of families keeping the tradition alive. Visit a home of an elder craftsman and his family to learn about their efforts in maintaining the soulful art.

Day 4
Hue, Vietnam
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The former imperial capital of Hue was home to thirteen Nguyen emperors from 1802 to 1945. During this period, elaborate tombs and palaces were built using sophisticated art forms such as ‘Phap Lam,’ or enamel art. Phap Lam is unique for its copper base, which is layered with colourful enamel paint. The art vanished for a couple hundred years and has only recently been revived. Visit the workshop and try your hand at creating your own piece of Phap Lam under the instruction of the artists.

Day 5
Hue, Vietnam
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Explore craft villages outside of Hue where passionate artisans continue to produce legendary folk art. Meet an artisan who specialises in a 400-year tradition of folk painting that uses natural materials such as red earth, seashells and ashes of bamboo leaves. Afterwards, take a scenic bike ride to Thanh Tien Village to learn about the 300-year-old craft of paper flower making, which is mainly used to decorate altars for ancestor worship and as offerings in religious rituals. Try creating your own paper lotus flower under the guidance of one of the artisans.

Day 6
Hue, Vietnam
Hoi An, Vietnam
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Drive via Hai Van Pass, one of the most beautiful coastline routes in the world, to the former merchant town of Hoi An. During your walk through the ancient town, you will notice the beautiful silk lanterns that decorate the streets and storefronts, which have become emblematic of this ancient city. Visit a family who has carried on the tradition of lantern making from generation to generation. Under their guidance, choose your lantern design and fabric to create your own signature lantern to take back with you.

Day 7
Hoi An, Vietnam
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Situated on the maritime Silk Road, the thriving port of Hoi An attracted its fair share of skilled artisans from the 15th to 19th centuries. Some of these traditions have survived in small single-craft villages, like the pottery village of Thanh Ha, known for producing bricks, tiles and floor slabs for buildings. You will notice the abundance of bamboo trees while journeying through the countryside to meet with an artisan specialising in how bamboo can be used in everyday life.

Day 8
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Dynamic Ho Chi Minh City is home to a burgeoning contemporary art scene with young emerging artists introducing new concepts while challenging old ideologies. A modern art scholar will join you, providing insight into the current art trend as you visit the Fine Arts Museum, an artist’s studio, and the newly opened Saigon Salon.

Day 9
Mekong Delta, Vietnam
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Making our way down to the Mekong Delta, we stop in Long An to visit the ‘Binh An’ Drum Village where twenty families specialise in producing this unique drum made from buffalo skin. Visit a family-run workshop to see how this 200-year-old craft is made. On the way to Can Tho, we also stop at a mat-weaving village to observe the meticulous process that goes into handweaving the mats.

Day 10
Can Tho, Vietnam
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Wake up early to visit the colourful floating market where wholesalers converge on the Mekong River to sell their goods. After breakfast, visit Binh Thuy Ancient House, an outstanding example of Western and Oriental architectural elements. The house was famously used in the movie ‘The Lover,’ the love story of young Marguerite Duras, set during the Indochine period. Afterwards, visit the Pitu Khosa Rangsay Pagoda, one of the most beautiful Khmer temples in the Mekong Delta, before continuing to Ho Chi Minh City.

Day 11
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Today marks the end of your journey through Vietnam. Bid farewell and transfer to the airport for your onward departure.

Tour Features


  • Cruises & Water Tours
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing


Gain a deeper understanding of Vietnam’s history and culture through the perspective of arts and crafts. Meet with artisans who are passionate about preserving their craft and learn how cultural traditions are expressed through their work. Discover the vibrant contemporary art scene by exploring new art spaces and meeting with gallery curators as well as up-and-coming artists.

About Us

Trails of Indochina had its humble beginnings in 1999 as a boutique inbound tour operator. Headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), and now with more than 250 employees throughout the region, Trails of Indochina has grown to be a full-service Destination Management Company and tour operation across Indochina. At Trails of Indochina, our personal relationships can make anything possible. We invite you to experience our part of the world where you will uncover the hidden gems and see a different perspectives of Southeast Asia.

Insider Tip

Trails of Indochina is headquartered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, with offices in Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand, ensuring that everything handled on the ground meets each client's expectation.

Terms & Conditions


Our commitment is the delivery of bespoke, safe and first class services and customer experiences through a network of locally owned and operated offices within Southeast Asia. With a focus on experience, guest safety, quality control and service delivery, you can rely on Trails of Indochina’s reliable standards across all the countries in which we operate. Each itinerary is individually booked and confirmed by our team of resident experts ensuring travel is ordered according to your proposals. Each request is dutifully responded to within 24 hours unless negotiations and special requests are required on your behalf; our team will ultimately inform and follow up.

Pricing & Services

Trails of Indochina offer confidential rates based on market research, competition analysis, strategic negotiation and in-depth information for each specific season in each destination. These rates are offered under the condition that they cannot be displayed in any way to third parties. Rates are quoted in USD currency only. All quoted rates, unless otherwise specified, are net and non-commissionable.

Many hotels include compulsory special gala dinners on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and sometimes on national and/or other festive occasions in each country. This is a compulsory charge, and will be communicated and invoiced by Trails of Indochina where applicable.


Unless otherwise specified, all quoted rates are inclusive of applicable taxes (including service charges, Value Added Taxes and/or locally charged taxes). Domestic tourism taxes and/or airport taxes may be applicable and are not included. These need to be paid directly to the relevant authority, by the traveler.

In the event of government imposed tax changes, Trails of Indochina reserves the right to alter the rates accordingly. Trails of Indochina will work to avoid this from occurring however reserves the right to collect any differentials from the clients individually, which may arise.


20% of the total tour cost to be deposited upon commitment of the tour, this deposit is non-refundable. The remaining 80% of the total tour cost to be paid 45 days prior to arrival date. If booked less than 45 days from arrival, full payment is required immediately.

Where deposits and advance payments are required from contractors/third parties, these will also be invoiced to the client for payment (in addition to the 20% deposit). This will be required for Trails of Indochina to secure services contractors/third parties. Pre-payment procedures during high/peak seasons may also vary, depending on the accommodation policy to guarantee the booking. Trails of Indochina will inform you accordingly about this for each individual case.

Payment Methods

Trails of Indochina Accounting team will provide the bank details for wire transfers. Any bank charges levies by the sending bank relating to transfers to Trails of Indochina must be paid by the Client / Agent.

Kindly make sure you include the invoice number or contact our Accounting Department for an invoice number so that your payment can be identified.  Please also check with the bank who issued your credit card to ensure that no other bank fee is applied. Check payments must be written exactly to the order of Trails of Indochina Limited (full name please).  

Cancellations & Refunds

Any cancellations should be made in writing to Trails of Indochina. Cancellations beyond your control subject to Force Majeure can be covered under travel insurance. We recommend you buy Travel insurance before you complete payment of your travel and review its relevant product disclosure statement. Cancellation fees of loss of deposit will be applied if a confirmed booking is cancelled 22 days or more prior to arrival date

• For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 21 - 15 days prior to arrival date, loss of 50% of the total tour cost will be applied.  

• For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 14 - 8 days prior to arrival date, loss of 75% of the total tour cost will be applied.  

• Trails of Indochina reserves the right to claim 100% of the total tour cost should the cancellation happen within 7 days before departure.  

Depending on airlines, hotels, cruises and third party cancellation policies, the above conditions may be modified on application. Trails of Indochina will aim to negotiate with suppliers to waive or minimize these charges to you at best.


For all travel from and to the countries in which Trails of Indochina operates, a valid passport is required at all times. Conditions for specific validity of passports and regulations for other valid travel documentation can be obtained from each respective embassy and/or consulate in the client’s native country. For most countries, passports need to be valid for at least six months from the date of entry at a border post/airport/seaport.


In addition to passport requirements, visas for certain countries are required. These can either be obtained in the country of residence prior to departure or on arrival at immigration or a visa processing desk.  Full details about the specific visa conditions and requirements to obtain  visas for each specific country can be obtained from your consultant or from your embassy and/or consulate e in the client’s native country.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you obtain a comprehensive travel insurance policy before and during your travel. Neither Trails of Indochina nor its agents/suppliers or business partners shall/and can be held responsible for any loss, or damaged or stolen personal belongings.

Health & Safety

Trails of Indochina values health and safety as its top priority in the selection of product and provision of services. All clients are encouraged by our guides to follow the safety regulations for any service provided We check hotels, restaurants and other suppliers to ensure they meet our health and safety standards before recommending them to any of our clients.


There are limited hotels/resorts, with standard triple rooms in their inventory. These are commonly double/twin rooms with an extra (rollaway) bed, limiting space within the room. Please inform all concerned accordingly to correctly manage expectations. Extra bed rates / triple sharing room rates are available in the confidential tariff.

Single room supplements are indicated in the confidential tariff. It is common that the provided rooms are twin/double rooms for single use only.

Preferences such as smoking/non-smoking, interconnecting rooms, king-size beds, and location of the room cannot be guaranteed or confirmed in advance and are subject to hotel policy and availability at time of check-in.


Trails of Indochina will arrange sightseeing excursions and transportation as contracted in a professional manner. English, Spanish or other language speaking guides are provided to escort clients on all tour programs as per the proposed itinerary. Tours include entrance fees, meals (where mentioned) excluding any drinks, and other expenses, specifically mentioned in the tour program inclusions. All services provided by Trails of Indochina, its employees or agents are of the highest possible standard.. All tour guides are licensed and will be responsible for demonstrating any safety equipment and highlighting any safety risk before commencing any activities on tour.


Unless otherwise stated, Trails of Indochina will provide for each destination according to the rates provided in our tariff. Transfer service includes the meet and greet of travelers with a name sign and transportation according to the booked itinerary.


Where possible, Trails of Indochina uses coaches and cars, contracted on a long-term basis. Transportation (road or water transport) is operated by fully-licensed drivers / operators, in accordance with local safety standards. Vehicles are maintained in accordance with manufacturers’ specifications,  kept clean and in good working order, registered and insured adequately. Water transport will be of a similar quality and lifejackets will be provided for all clients.

Trails of Indochina  aims to keep clients aware that standards of transportation in each destination are different, yet we are committed to the best available means of transportation in that specific area of operation.

Complaints & Customer Service

A dedicated customer Care team is assigned to handle any customer service issues whilst on the ground. Trails of Indochina consider complaints as valuable feedback to improve service delivery levels. We request that service delivery failures or customer concerns, be reported during the guest’s stay to one of our representatives. It is the aim of the company to solve any irregularity immediately.

Force Majeure

During the term of this agreement, neither party shall be in default of its obligations to the extent that its performance is delayed or prevented by causes beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to, acts of God, natural disasters, bankruptcy of a vendor, strikes and other labor disturbances, acts of war, or civil disturbances, or other equivalent or comparable events.


Our insurance policy is a group accident insurance policy for travel related companies offering comprehensive Public Liability Insurance to a maximum level of US$5,000,000 coverage per incident. The policy details are available upon request.



The client agrees to indemnify and to save Trails of Indochina from harm and against all damage or injury (including death) to property or person(s) resulting from intentional or negligent acts or omissions from their respective officers, employees, agents, contractors or subcontractors in connection with the performance of this agreement.


Trails of Indochina acts as an intermediary between all airlines, hotels, local tourist offices and other service providers. Therefore Trails of Indochina reserves the right to modify tours and itineraries with or without notice. Trails of Indochina tours are organized in conjunction with the respective airline(s) scheduled flights, therefore, itineraries and timetables are provisional and subject to change without notice. Acknowledgement and confirmation of the above-mentioned conditions is active, once clients participate in one of the provided services via Trails of Indochina.

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By: Andy37

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2015

Overall, our experience was a great one. The drivers, tour guides, etc were all there to pick us up and get us to where we were going and everyone was extremely friendly and outgoing. We did have a minor issue with a few additional charges that we were given and we were not told (at all) that any of them would have been an extra charge. Additionally, our tour guide in Bali seemed to be really pushing us to sign on to additional tours with him on days that we had chosen to be on our own. Our experience on Lombok was top-notch, however in Bali, the tour guides were much more chatty with what seemed their prescribed talk and not so attentive to specific questions that we had. Additionally, when we were picked up for our bike tour, the guide asked to see our itinerary, as he had no idea what we were supposed to be doing. We ended up not doing a number of activities outlined on the itinerary and instead just did what the guide wanted to do. We had a great time, but these were concerns.
Travel Advisor:  Sari Greene

Very informative

By: Jandm42

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2015

They made the arrivals and departures very easy. All guides were personable and very well informed. They added greatly to our travel experience.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Perl

Recent trip

By: Fletch

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2017

Our experience was excellent. The organization proved to be very professional and reliable
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart

Southeast Asia

By: David Nixon

Reviewed on: 19 Feb 2017

The tour, with a few exceptions, we well organized. We saw most of what there was to see. The hotels and guides were excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Roxanne Girard