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Responsible tourism: Cambodia & Vietnam classic tour
We are committed to environmentally friendly practices whilst travelling in Vietnam. We promote the use of small boutique hotels where possible with good energy management and waste disposal practices.
Both Vietnam and Cambodia have an array of hotels situated in buildings of historical importance. Whether that be an old Governor's house, royal residence or even a building where an important meeting or influential event took place. We actively encourage our clients to stay in these sorts of hotels in the hope that the income they receive will go in to maintaining these historic buildings.
Halong bay can be a traveller’s dilemma – its beauty and iconic UNESCO heritage recognition makes it a great attraction but this in turn is spoiling the area in terms of numbers of tourists and in terms of damaging the local environment. We use traditional junk boats in Halong bay that, where possible, travel to less busy areas with the aim of reducing the impact the tour has on local ecosystems. We also have a section specifically addressing issues in the bay that travellers should consider when visiting in our predeparture pack. Ships are repaired by local engineers and to this extent we support the local economy.
We believe in spreading the wealth brought into countries by tourism. Getting involved in local markets is a fantastic way not only to exchange culturally but also to support ordinary local people in their way of life. All the food tours in this itinerary contribute to this aim and we brief clients before departure on cultural norms and bartering expectations.
We encourage visitors to get off the beaten track in this itinerary and experience authentic markets. Hotel boards are usually kept to breakfast only to encourage travellers to support local restaurants for other meals throughout the day, profiting the local economy, and your taste buds!
All our guides are paid a fair wage and we encourage travellers to tip guides appropriate to the levels of the efforts and service. We train our guides to strict guidelines, they are all local to each area of Vietnam and they are all English speaking, and they all aim to try and keep the culture and environment preserved.
Reviews of Cambodia & Vietnam classic tour
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 02 Apr 2016 by John Finneran
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
It is hard to be specific as everything was memorable, from the chaotic city of Hanoi to the tranquil waterways of the Mekong. The Killing Fields is a very moving experience and makes you realise how lucky we are in the UK.
The local people we met in our accommodation were delightful they made our holiday. Angker Wat was spectacular at sunrise, the serene majesty of Halong Bay.
Out itinerary was busy but enjoyable we experienced a fantastic culture unlike anything experienced on our previous travels
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Go with an open Mind it's not Europe, parts of rural Cambodia people live on the margins some on as little as a few dollars a week.
Its ancient culture is is full of symbolism and needs to be respected. Be prepared to climb lots of steps particular at the temples in Cambodia.
It gets very hot up to 36C, drink lots of water.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We hope that is the case, two of the restaurants we dined at support at risk young people at great idea giving hope and education to the disadvantaged.
We tried were possible to buy items that support the local communities.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?