Vietnam - Hoi An - Authentic Minority Experience

Travel outside of Hoi An or Danang for an authentic experience and insight into traditional minority village life.


Day 1: Hoi An

From Hoi An, head to a 1000-year-old Cham temple as well as former US and French bases from the independence wars. We then wind our way into the mountains through the tea plantations, home to the Co Tu minority. Take a break to enjoy a visit to the tea plantations before a visit with one of the few remaining Co Tu woodcarvers and his family. We experience a home-cooked lunch in their house before continuing our journey deep in to the mountains. This area is very isolated and the culture and traditions remain essentially untouched by time; making this remote and staggeringly beautiful region home to one of the most authentic hill tribes to remain in Vietnam.

Our next stop is Bho Hoong, a traditional Co Tu village where we will stay for the night. A light village walk, guided by a local resident, allows us to explore the village and unlock its cultural secrets.

After our walk, we are free to enjoy a refreshing dip in the river. Dinner in the evening is a BBQ by the river (in the summer time), followed by a traditional dancing performance and a chance to interact with the villagers, gaining more insight into their rich culture.

Overnight in Local Village.

Day 2: Local Village

In the morning, wake up to the sounds of the village coming to life. Enjoy breakfast and a hot cup of coffee as you watch the morning activities of the Co Tu, heading to the fields and preparing the days meals. Today is yours to enjoy, immerse yourself among the culture.

After breakfast, you can take a full-day trek to mountain waterfalls and explore parts of Ho Chi Minh Trail system by foot. If that is not for you, a mountain bike ride through the country side and villages could be more to your liking. If heading out of the road is more your style, we will set off to another ethnic minority town, visiting small villages along the way exploring and enjoying local food, learning about the differences of each village and culture from one village to the next. Or you can simply spend the day in the village relaxing in the river!

The evening is highlighted by a superb dinner of Co Tu traditional dishes and a traditional music performance from the men of the village, allowing you to enjoy their stories and learn more about their ancient culture.

Overnight in Local Village.

Day 3: Local Village

On our last day, we bid farewell to our hosts and make our way toward to Ho Chi Minh trail, stopping to enjoy the brocade weavers, a craft the Co Tu are famous for.

Then we embark on the historic Ho Chi Minh Trail, through lush forests and past jaw-dropping views of the central Vietnam Mountains. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more beautiful we arrive at a waterfall tucked alongside a towering peak for a picnic lunch. The afternoon sees us descending back down toward the coast, stopping along the way to explore historic sites and places of interest, before heading east to Hoi An.