Responsible tourism: Vietnam tour, active adventure
Ourselves and our local partner in Vietnam are passionate about responsible tourism. As such, our local partner is continually working to reduce their environmental footprint and focussing on nature-based activities and traditional experiences. In our local partnerís offices, recycling is a priority and paper is always printed on both sides to avoid waste. Lights and air-conditioning are turned off when not in use. On tour, much exploring is done on foot or by bicycle, giving visitors the chance to enjoy nature and interact with the locals whilst having minimal impact on the environment. Local suppliers and accommodation are chosen, not only for their exceptional service, but also for their environmentally and socially responsible policies. Where possible, food and other supplies are sourced locally to minimise environmental impact and ensure local communities benefit from tourism in the area. Guides are trained to behave in an environmentally responsible manner and ask clients and local communities to respect the areas visited.
We are committed to helping the local communities that we visit on our tours, and so is our local agent. We employ local Vietnamese people to operate this tour, and a staff development program has been recently introduced to allow for career development and ongoing training opportunities. Fair practices are employed towards local staff to ensure that wages and benefits are above fair levels. On our tours, preserving the local cultures and customs and supporting local communities is our priority. Guides are sensitive to local customs and religious and ancient sites and visitors are informed and encouraged to respect these. Many attractions visited by other tour operators are avoided for social or fair-trade reasons, as well as ensuring you get a more authentic experience. Guests are advised the best places to buy local handicrafts, where they are able to purchase fair-trade, authentic, good value souvenirs whilst benefiting the local community, and contributing to the local economy.