As a global tour operator, we are committed to travelling responsibly and endeavour to practise sustainable tourism wherever we visit. We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when travelling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.
We are committed to operating in a responsible manner, incorporating the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. This trip will take you on an exciting cultural journey aboard the legendary Reunification Express, witnessing ancient royal relics, meeting fascinating locals, cycling through small villages and visiting the historic Cu Chi Tunnels.
We encourage our travellers to meet local people to get a real insight into local life; in Hoi An, travellers can get involved in a cooking class with a local chef to try their hand at making traditional Vietnamese cuisine and we spend three nights travelling aboard an overnight sleeper train. The train is a real highlight for our travellers as locals love to interact with our travellers because it gives both the chance to learn about a new culture. We hire bikes in Hue to discover the rural landscape and small villages in the surrounding countryside. This is an exciting part of the trip as travellers get a real understanding of the local way of life as we stop to witness locals out in the fields at work. We use local transport to eliminate unnecessary added pollution, to experience a new way of travelling and to interact with local people.
We endeavour to give our travellers an insight and appreciation into a country’s history and in particular on this tour we visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, located just outside of Ho Chi Minh City. The visit is particularly moving and tells the travellers part of the backstory of Vietnam. We employ all local tour leaders which provide secure and promising jobs for local people and gives us a true representation of a destination, adding to the experience for both traveller and local.
As a company, our dedication to sustainable tourism doesn’t stop when our tours do. We have four projects in Vietnam dedicated to helping vulnerable children and families in providing educational services and training to help people out of poverty. We also support the Turtle Conservation Centre that has specialised breeding and holding facilities for over 600 turtles, representing 15 of Vietnam’s 23 native species.
We support the non-profit Nguyen Nga Centre that offers education, training and work placement assistance for disadvantaged people and people with disabilities. We purchase embroidered ‘say no to plastic’ cloth shopping bags for our travellers and the income goes to the centre to help pay their rent.
We are proud to be carbon neutral. We offset all our global carbon emissions and offer a carbon offset option to passengers booking their flights through us. On this particular tour, we offset 156kg per passenger. Since 2007, we have offset over 45,000 tonnes of carbon emissions. That's equal to approximately the amount of carbon that 2,796,047 trees would absorb over 10 years, or taking over 4,753 passenger cars off the road for an entire year!