Each traveller on this trip is given a gift of a Responsible Traveller cloth bag made by the Nguyen Nga Training Centre, in Central Vietnam, helping those with special needs and disabilities. This bag is designed to combat the increasingly prevalent problem of plastic bag pollution disrupting the various marine and land habitats of Vietnam.
This tour is carbon offset. We are proud to be a carbon neutral company. We measure our main carbon emissions for transport, accommodation and waste. The offset cost is embedded in the cost of the trip – so travelling with us you do it in a way which dramatically reduces your carbon footprint.
We use local transport where ever possible, from overnight sleeper trains to locally owned river boats on the Mekong Delta. Public transport is also the most environmentally sound method of travel, so we try use it where ever safe and practical.
Stay at a farmstay in Phong Nah, established the help the small town to benefit economically from tourism, it also has recycling and waste management programs, such as reusing kitchen waste for compost on the farm.
This journey includes many opportunities to meet local people and learn about their lives in this diverse country.
In the Vinh Long area of the Mekong Delta your local guides introduce us to the daily life, floating markets and cottage industries of the Delta's rich waterways. Your homestay host family welcomes you with a dinner of local specialties and the opportunity to ask questions and gain insight into customs schooling and religion in this area.
You'll be spending an additional night in a homestay in Mai Chau. While the accommodation is shared and basic, this is a great opportunity to connect with the local people (and enjoy delicious home-cooked meals!)
When you arrive in Quy Nhon, you’ll visit the Nguyen Nga Training Centre, a not-for-profit venture which provides support to people with special needs, in particular those with physical disabilities, through their education, training and job placement programs.
Hue is famous for its imposing Citadel and the Tombs of the last ruling Dynasty of Vietnam. It was also the Buddhist capital of Vietnam, a fact, which is less lauded. Our local guide takes us through the back roads of Hue, where we are lunch guests at a Buddhist nunnery or monastery.