The Black Hmong and a Different Way of Life

A group of Black Hmong women leave their traditional village to embark on a journey to the city of Hanoi, many for the first time. With the aim to promote their village and businesses to tourism companies, they must also navigate a modern world in this transformative journey. 

Batik Handicraft of the Black Hmong

Ms. My Thi My introduces us to the distinctive Hmong handicraft technique, called batik. Her narrative illustrates the unique process starting with drawing hot wax to the final stages of natural indigo dying. 


Ms. Vang Thi Pi from Lao Chai lets us into her world and shares about the importance of rice in her village. She also demonstrates how traditional Hmong purple sticky rice is made. 

The Black H'Mong of Lao Chai Village

This video is an introduction to the village of Lao Chai and the community of the Black Hmong that live there. Tourism offers an incredibly opportunity for the local people. As the Black Hmong enter into the tourism industry as entrepreneurs they are are forced to overcome a number of challenges. 

When the Villagers Left

When the Villagers Left follows a group of Red Dao hill tribe women as they leave their remote village in Northern Vietnam to visit the city of Hanoi. These women have made a choice to learn about tourism and have invested into making their homes into homestays. Their actions are a demonstration of their empowerment as they take control of an industry that is largely run by international companies and the Vietnamese.

The trip to Hanoi is an opportunity to foster critical business relationships with the companies who are bringing tourists to their village. The fear of failure and the challenges of culture shock are real as this group of women take on Hanoi for the very first time.

CBT VIETNAM: An INtroduction

This film was created as a summary video of the activities, programs and communities the project has been involved with. 

When a Village was Heard

The tourism training programs that have been delivered in the village of Taphin has seen the development of a cultural homestay experience that is being sought after by tourists. As tourism continues to increase in the Sapa region, the local communities continually are forced to be resilient. Partnerships are a key component to sustainable community tourism.  This video also introduces a new village and community: Lao Chai, the village of the Black Hmong. 

When the Tourists Come

Village life in Taphin has seen minimal change since its beginning. With the development and popularity of tourism in the region the impacts it brings are both positive and negative. As the tourists begin to come to Taphin village in search of an authentic cultural experience, the Red Dao people must come together to make decisions that will affect the future of their community.