Cultural Travel Off the Beaten Trail

Everyone has their personal preferences when it comes to cultural travel. Mine is always related to textiles. One of the places in the world where textiles and silks shine very brightly is Vietnam. There are beautiful silks, and the Hmong  create very delicate Paj ntau cloths or flower cloths. This is a reverse applique technique that  the Hmong women have mastered. But textiles aren’t the only interesting thing about the culture in Vietnam. There are many other unique things to see and do off the beaten trail in Vietnam. Have you ever thought of caves being in Vietnam? Global basecamp’s tours of Vietnam are all off the beaten trail.

 Hmong Flower Woman- Photo by Christophe Meneboeuf

Hmong Flower Woman- Photo by Christophe Meneboeuf

Global Basecamps’ new Halong Bay Eco Tour ventures away from the crowds on a traditional junk, a wooden boat with three barge sails, cruising through peaceful areas of the Bay to Bai Tu Long. The cruise passes by floating villages, limestone peaks, and hidden caves along the way. Travelers have the opportunity to interact with the locals while exploring the floating villages by kayak. With a maximum capacity of eight on the junk, the cruises provides an intimate and relaxing atmosphere.

 

Cultural travel at its best, is a portal into the people and the richness of place. Seeing Vietnam in a boat or a barge seems really unique to me. On the water, you can be suspended in time while observing the diverse topography that Vietnam offers. Meanwhile, those of us that love textiles, can find the most extraordinary villages and weavers in the nicks and crannies of a back street. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get on one of these barge sails. Want to learn more about what Vietnam has to offer? Read more about it here.

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