Vietnam culture and beach holiday

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Tailor made holiday

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Vietnam culture and beach holiday

Environment

In 2002, a small group of Cao Vit Gibbons, the second rarest ape in the world was discovered in North Vietnam. We had already been working with FFI (Fauna & Flora International Vietnam) for some time. After a careful investigation, it was considered that a significant danger to the Gibbons was the wood burnt by indigent people living deep in the forest.

Recognising the need, in 2008 we sponsored for three communes located near the conservation areas to build 96 fuel-efficient stoves. These use much less wood thus reducing the amount required. The project was completed, but the threat of poachers and other dangers remained. We continuously sponsor in the form of a full-time ranger for the Cao Vit Gibbon Conservation Project. More are needed.

Community

We have also sponsored Agent Orange victims to rebuild their lives. An example is Ms. Oanh, who has been being sponsored by us since 2006. Recently, Oanh was admitted to study for a university journalism degree. We also support the Nguyen Dinh Chieu Blind School in Hanoi to assist their expenses on boarding house for nearly a hundred of blind pupils.

Wherever possible, we contract local indigenous suppliers, assist them to improve the quality of their services and pay them directly instead of using intermediaries. By booking this tour, youíll be assisting us to strengthen local Vietnamese service providers and disadvantaged people in communities in areas such as the Mekong Delta.

We have developed strong links with individuals and small communities to reinforce Vietnamís rich tangible and intangible heritage by the betterment of its people: craftspeople, artists, performers, artisans, boat owners, those participating nature conservation, small businesses and the many enterprises that work with us. We encourage small groups of travellers to mingle with their activities thereby intensifying the depth of visitor experience.

By taking small groups of tourists to rarely visited destinations, the host village or event becomes more significant for both foreigner and locals, particularly if they are involved in joint activities. Tourism is a valuable tool in slowing the loss of heritage in this way.

Reviews of Vietnam culture and beach holiday

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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
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 11 May 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The unexpectedly modern city of Ho Chi Minh, the lushness do Hoi an, the quietness and tranquility of the Mekong Delta village. It was both an exciting and relaxing trip with the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of the local scene and witness the energy and frenetic hubbub of the cities. From the hotel lifts that were hung with garlands of fresh jasmine daily to the wet markets selling exotic fish, we enjoyed the smells of Vietnam as much as the tasty cuisine which we learned how to cook with genuinely enthusiastic local chefs!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take some time on your own to step out of the guided days. Learn a few phrases to use when bargaining ( oy choy oy!) Be bold when crossing Ha noi's streets. Take a good appetite with you as you will definitely be tempted to eat as much of the lovely food as you can! Spend a few days at the end of your trip at a nice resort where you can ease up and enjoy the memories!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Well, carbon footprint aside as the long-haul flight must have overshadowed all our green intentions, then I hope that we contributed to the local economy by buying local products, using local hotels and using local guides.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was excellent. I would definitely recommend this sort of tour for a first visit. We had never had a guide or arranged tour before so it really made the difference knowing that tours had been prepaid and pick ups and cars had been pre arranged. Now we have been once, there is every chance we will go back again!

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Both the visit to the Cu Chi tunnels and the day on the Mekong Delta.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do your research before you go so that you can pick what you do and do not want to do.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Not sure. On the Mekong Delta visited local people and bought small items so must help.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

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