Indigo-dyed hemp fabric drying, in preparation for batiking.


Indigo-dyed hemp fabric drying, in preparation for batiking.

LAO CHAI

ethnic groups - black hmong; kinh

Located in the Sapa region, the village of Lao Chai is currently positioned as a rest spot for tourists trekking onwards to the village of Tavan. Made up of almost entirely Black Hmong families, the only means to which the community has traditionally participated in the Sapa tourism industry is through street vendors following tourists along the trekking routes selling embroidered items. There are also a number of young women who have become tour guides in Sapa due to their ability to speak English.

Thanks to the participation of numerous Hmong families in the CBT Vietnam training workshops, many homes offer homestay experiences and authentic batik workshops. Within the network of trekking routes in the Sapa Region, Lao Chai does offer an excellent option to stay overnight and learn more about the Hmong culture.


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