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Vietnam Hill Tribe Experience

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Travel to Vietnam – the jewel of Asia – and take part in a cultural exchange that will leave you forever in love with Vietnam and its inspiring people, exotic food and stunning scenery.

From the jungle-clad mountain peaks of the north that descend into lush rice paddies by the Chinese border via the pristine beaches that fringe the central coast to the south where the iconic Mekong River meets the sea, travelling through Vietnam is an incredible experience.

Beyond this there is the country's historical and cultural dimension, whether in its visible Imperial and French colonial influence or the fading tragedy of the Vietnam War, the friendliness of its people and its ever popular cuisine.


  • Challenge yourself with treks through epic lush green mountain paddy fields.
  • Gain a privileged and unique insight into the rural village life of indigenous tribes.
  • Sleep in the heart of the misty mountains and awake to stunning views across the countryside


  • Minimum age of 18 years
Airport Pickup Emergency Physical Ground Transport Homestay Meals Mountainous Terrestrial Trekking Free Time Breakfast Family
Location Sapa, Vietnam
Activities Trekking between villages
Hike along rice paddies and hillsides
Experience the rural village life of indigenous tribes
Visit exceptional landscapes
Transport Airport pick-up and internal transfer up to Sapa in North Vietnam
Accommodation Home stay

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
Local orientation & training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


On this project you will experience the authentic village life of indigenous hill tribes that have made a living on the rural hills of Vietnam. You will live, eat and sleep with local indigenous families as you trek through the sensational surroundings. This project helps to support sustainable tourism in the area and bring an additional source of income to the local communities who find their ancient culture and way of life walk hand-in-hand with modern technology. The sheer remoteness of the location however has meant that traditional farming practices have not been abandoned; and this project continues to offer an incredible insight into this fascinating community.


As a small group you will walk along rice terraces and up and down the rugged beautiful landscape along with an experienced local guide who will introduce you to the local flora and fauna, local customs and village life. At each village sight there will be a chance to rest and get to know your hosts and try the local cuisine. Depending on the length of your trek you could visit 3 or 4 villages during the trip, all with a unique feel and insight.


You'll need to fly into Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, where you will be met by a friendly Frontier representative before being accompanied on the journey north to Sapa where you can rest and relax, ready to begin the trek.


In each of the villages along the trek, there will be a hospitable homestay family waiting to welcome you to the village. They will provide comfortable basic accommodation, dinner and breakfast for you and help you settle into village life.


Vietnamese food ranges hugely in its variety but can mostly be seen to consist of different type of noodles along with meat such as beef and pork, and vegetables in a soup meal, with coriander and spice being hugely important. Most dishes incorporate four elements, sweet, sour, salty and hot flavours, and many of the dishes are rice or noodle based.
You will be provided with most of your food throughout the experience, but please be aware participants may be required to purchase some meals, for example when visiting local market stalls.

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Other experiences popular in Vietnam include the Teaching project where you can get back to being part of the community and earn your TEFL certificate along with it. You can also try some of the more adventurous activities Vietnam has to offer, such as exploring the world famous Halong Bay by boat, get fitted for tailor made clothes in Hoi An, visit the Viet Cong tunnels or the Mekong delta in the South. If all this wasn't enough, our guides are always happy to advise you on where to go next!


1 week US$ 895


Weekly, please arrive on the Sunday.



1 week

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food/most meals
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Hanoi (HAN)



Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@statravel.com .


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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