Complete Vietnam holiday, 27 day tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Complete Vietnam holiday, 27 day tour


On this journey in Vietnam:

- We issue all our travellers with a 'tread lightly' guide that is filled with information about how best to limit their environmental impact in Vietnam. this includes tips on how to engage in friendly barter for goods with the locals, how help local businesses, tips on how to deal with street beggars and, from eating to shopping, how to limit your environmental impact in Vietnam.

- On all of our private and small group journeys our local guides and Western tour leaders are on hand to help clients reduce their impact on the local environment. For example. In more rural areas we can guard against any potentially damaging actions like hiking in delicate areas, littering and avoiding certain shops/industries.

- On this journey we use environmentally conscious hotels and homestays where possible. these include Topas Eco-Lodge (built from local materials, solar power, waste water treatment. natural water and more) in Sapa as well as a home-stay in Mai Chau (built from locally sourced materials, use local cooking skills, locally sourced cuisine and supports the local community).

- On this journey we use small and modern coaches and overnight trains, reducing the need for domestic flights.

What else we do to protect the enviroment:

- We now offer carbon offset on 12 of our best-selling journeys in Asia, including three in Vietnam.

- We work with Cleaner Climate carbon consultants to fully offset emissions from our Australia and UK offices. The funds from the offsets support clean energy projects in Thailand, India, and China. Moreover, as a local and international operator we are in a unique position that allows us to better mitigate our effects on the local environment. Examples include using modern vehicles that reduce carbon emissions, avoiding poorly run hotels and educating our local guides on environmental issues.


On this journey you will:

- Streets International. This NGO has a training restaurant in Hoi An that recruits young people from the local community and trains them in practical skills in hospitality (from chef to front of house). Our travellers (often in pairs) are taken to a little-visited market by one of the students (supervised by a teacher). This gives our travellers a great insight into local life as well as helping the students gain credits towards a recognised qualification. We also offer clients the chance to dine at the restaurant, where all proceeds are donated to the NGO.

- In Hanoi we dine at the charity run restaurant, KOTO.

- In Hue we visit SPIRAL Foundation where we'll see how this NGO trains disabled locals in various trades. You'll get a chance to try some handcrafts for yourself!

Elsewhere in Vietnam we support and work with:

- Loreto operates a number of projects aimed at assisting disadvantaged, poor, and disabled children through the medium of education. Over the years, we have funded school kits, a library, and travel costs for teacher trainers to come from Australia.

- Creativity for Humanity. Our reusable cloth shopping bags given to Small Group Journey travellers in Vietnam are made by underprivileged and disadvantaged Vietnamese artisans who work with Creativity for Humanity.

- Ad hoc support. We also offer support in many of our destinations on an ad hoc basis. In Vietnam we have offered logistical support for victims of flooding, we financially support a rural school in southern Vietnam and also run annual fundraising events in our offices in Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as in in our offices in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Other thing we do on this journey and others:

- In Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos we directly recruit, train and offer development to all of our local guides. We also run a local guide training programme with a Vietnamese University with successful graduates receiving a job with our company.

- We try and dine away from large hotels, instead frequenting smaller family-owned or charity run restaurants. This is a great way for travellers to experience authentic cuisine and support local business.

- We identify and encourage our clients to use social enterprise projects like the KOTO restaurants in Vietnam and Romdeng in Cambodia.

- Our guides and Western tour leaders are always on hand to assist with travellers equations around responsible travel and can help travellers avoid common pitfalls (like begging, child labour) that do little and often encourage irresponsible practices.

- As well as having offices in Australia, the United Kingdom and North America, we have offices in several cities in Indochina. Our direct presence in Asia means that we are much better able to control the content of our itineraries, the actions of our suppliers, and the style of our Small Group Journey and tailor-made travel arrangements. In short, our offices in Asia give us leverage in implementing our responsible travel policy.

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