Responsible tourism: Family holiday in Vietnam, Hanoi to Saigon
Both ourselves and our local ground agents are committed to preserving the environment in our destination countries. As such, we try wherever possible to reduce the use of motorised transport, instead travelling by foot, bike or cyclo (the Vietnamese version of a rickshaw which still remains at the heart of Vietnamese culture). Where the distances are large, we like to use public transport such as boats or trains. These are great ways to get an in depth view of the country whilst experiencing the local culture and minimising your carbon footprint. We encourage our guests to appreciate the environment and the resources that it provides by having the opportunity to spend time with local farmers and join in with their planting and cultivation of their crops. This provides our clients, particularly the children, to appreciate the items that they may take for granted, such as rice, by seeing the crop in its true form, not just in a packet on the supermarket shelf.
We are committed to ensuring that the local communities you visit benefit tangibly from tourism. With this in mind, we use local suppliers for accommodation, food and transport wherever possible. We and our local ground agents also employ local people as guides and drivers. This means that your money is put straight back into the local economy, benefiting the very people that you will meet, rather than a faceless corporation in the big cities or abroad. Wherever possible, we incorporate visits to successful non-profits such as KOTO restaurant in Hanoi. This restaurant trains and employs former street children, enabling them to pursue careers and gain independence. You will visit emerald green rice paddies as well as local villages, farming and fishing communities, giving an insight into the local way of life. You will also get the opportunity to join the farmers in planting and cultivating their crops, helping to maintain the environment whilst contributing to positive cultural exchange. The tour also provides the opportunity to visit the Cu Chi tunnels to learn about the history of the country and their role during the independence war against France and during the Vietnam War.