Cambodia and Vietnam 16 day tour

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17 Mar 2019
£ 3850
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04 Oct 2019
£ 3850
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Cambodia and Vietnam 16 day tour

Environment

We carefully choose suppliers in Southeast Asia who reflect our responsible and sustainable ethos. Our current supplier not only have a foundation that works with, supports and advises many different projects and NGO’s in Asia, they are also Travelife certified. Travelife is an internationally accredited certification scheme that helps organisations improve their social, economic and environmental impacts that they have as a business.

For this tour we have also partnered with a local organic farming social enterprise in Hoi An. This Vietnamese youth-led enterprise contributes to the success of a citizen movement to improve local’s lives through urban organic gardening. Their initiative is based on sustainable gardening and sustainability education, and from a tourist perspective, offers glimpses into traditional village lives and local unity with nature to those who visit it. Our guests that take this tour offer both a direct and indirect support to the residents of this area through. Our clients will learn about organic growing processes and they also have a chance to join volunteers and villagers in some gardening activities should they wish.

Flying between destinations, when not necessary, and taking bus transfers between country sites when there are more interesting ways of travelling not only detracts from clients’ experience and means missing out of seeing more of the destination that they are visiting, it also increases our overall carbon footprint. On this trip we aim to reduce this impact with a variety of walking tours and alternative ways of travelling between destinations. Travelling overland to include interesting stops rather than flying, taking walking tours of various cities, local boat transfers in Hoi An and cycling the islands of Phnom Penh and around the villages of Ky Son are not only fascinating experiences, it leaves engines turned off and clients’ eyes open, taking in much more than they could do from behind a window.

Community

Our company ethos is getting ‘beneath the surface’ of the destinations that we offer. And there is no better way than including culturally immersive experiences for our clients, the best of which are social enterprises, local NGO’s or charity led initiatives. For this tour we have a huge number of these included. In Siem Reap clients will have a hands on workshop led by a leading arts social enterprise that offers free vocational training in handicrafts for underprivileged 18-25 year olds. In Phnom Penh clients will enjoy a local performing arts workshop with an organisation helping to bring traditional arts back to Cambodia and provides professional development training programs to help artists and art managers nurture their visions and values.

In Ho Chi Minh City clients will visit an organization that trains people with disabilities to make various handicrafts to earn a living and under their tutelage, clients will enjoy a ceramics making class. In Hoi An, clients will visit a grassroots, not-for-profit charity that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese people and their families to become self-sufficient through education scholarships and vocational training schemes. Here, clients will enjoy a hands on traditional lantern making workshop with the artisans.

We feel that having clients meet with local people, to understand their culture and history, and taking part in immersive experiences is incredibly important, not only for guests to better understand the country and people that they are visiting, but also for the local inhabitants to have a positive view of international tourists and learn more about the life of people coming to visit them.

On this tour, clients will have an interactive and ‘hands on’ day out in the rural countryside around Siem Reap with a local farming family. Here they will learn about their livelihood, how to plough the land, plant, harvest and thresh rice before cooking a traditional rice based meal with the family.

In Hoi An clients will be taken away from the tourist dominated old town and into the local villages surrounding the region. Here they will enjoy a walk through a local village, visit some families’ homes to learn about traditional ways of life that have been well preserved up to today. They will also visit an organic farming project created by a group of volunteers to improve the standards of living of locals. This social enterprise works hand in hand with local villagers to educate and encourage the implementation of sustainable ‘green’ agricultural processes in order to benefit future generations as well as the present one.

And when visiting Ky Son, clients will walk around the village, stopping off at a rural home for a cup of tea and have the opportunity to chat with local people about their daily life and farming. Here they can also help with ploughing, transplanting seedlings or harvesting rice, tea, cassava, corn, or sweet potatoes depending on the harvest season.

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