Travel Tips & Advice on “minority villages”

What To Do Around Sapa, Northwest Vietnam

Sapa is home to more than 30 colorful hill tribes and close to Vietnam’s highest peak, Mount Fansipan (3,143m/10,311′. This town was founded as a hilltop retreat for the French when the heat of the plains became unbearable. An idyllic spot with warm days, cool evenings and an abundance of rain in the rainy season […]

Jinghong and Menglian in Xishuangbanna (Banna), Yunnan Province, China

A late plane arrival in Jinghong, met by “Sam” our new guide and driver at the airport and taken to the Crown Hotel*** on the Lancang River/Mekong River. The Crown Hotel (the first *** hotel is Xishuangbanna) was very comfortable. Too bad the nice hotels seems to always be the one-nighters. Tomorrow, an all day […]

Remote Minority Villages in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, China

The Yunnan Nationalities Village (located on the shore of Dianchi Lake) will consist of 25 villages when finished. Each village represents the 25 ethnic minorities in Yunnan. Thirteen villages were completed at the time we visited and there were song and dance performances. However, my focus was on the gift shops located in each of […]

Visiting The Varied Sights of Yunnan Province, China – From South to North

It is impossible to cover all of China’s highlights (let alone the more remote locales) in two weeks, two months or even two years. If you’ve already done a “beginner” highlights of China trip (usually a two-week trip visiting Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, and Xian), it’s time to get a little off-the-beaten trail that is rapidly […]

He Pu Village and Shwe Myint Zu Pagoda, Northern Myanmar

He Pu Village had 1,500 people living there, primarily Tai Leng minority. Our boat would pull up to shore, we’d jump out and start walking through each one, stopping to talk to the locals and learn a little about their daily lives. While walking, we came to State Middle School of the Indawgyi Lake Area. […]

Visiting Minority Villages Along The Way to Luang Namtha, Laos

The Explore group was now on a very uncomfortable, small and cramped, old bus for this portion of the trip. Reason? The roads are so rutted and dusty (it’s under construction and will run into China) that no tour operator will run a new bus on this road yet. A more spacious bus would materialize […]