Off the beaten track holiday in Vietnam

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Responsible tourism: Off the beaten track holiday in Vietnam

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour, especially in wilderness areas or whilst traveling to UNESCO heritage sites, which many of our trips undoubtedly do. We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable bottles. We understand this is not always possible in countries where tap water is not safe to drink.

On Day 4 of the trip, we will embark on a cycle tour of the countryside. Using no carbon transport such as cycling not only gives you a slower paced experience, but also cuts environmental damage and tourist carbon footprint. We are committed to maintaining a low-level tourism impact and we keep group sizes to a maximum of 12 to avoid huge tour bus loads of tourists, which increases environmental damage but also is less likely to be welcomed by locals. On Day 6, we will explore Hue by bicycle this to explore Cam Kim Island, an area rich in traditional crafts where you can learn about the artists and tradesmen of this area and traditional creative methods that go back centuries.

We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.

Community

On Day 2 you will delve into daily life in Saigon further through meeting with some locals. You will be shown around the city, sampling many culinary delights as you go, before ending at the private home of a local family of musicians, where you will hear stories of Vietnamese history and culture, before enjoying an intimate concert of traditional Vietnamese melodies. The best way to share stories and meet new people is over a plate of great food and a drink in hand. Vietnamese food culture and historical culture is preserved through excursions of this nature.

On Day 3 you will be taken to the private home of a Vietnamese war veteran for a fascinating discussion. We believe these type of discussions will help bridge the gap between those affected by the war in Vietnam.

On this tour we work alongside Journeys Within Our Community (JWOC), a nonprofit organization working in and around Siem Reap to improve living conditions of underserved communities through health, education, economic, and emergency relief projects. JWOC empowers Cambodian communities through providing educational opportunities to those in need, and works to promote economic, educational and improved health opportunities through access to basic services such as clean water, microfinance, education and community liaison programs. JWOC builds capacity and increases self-reliance, helping struggling communities to face daily challenges and better their own future. Based on the principle of ‘Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow’, their focus is education, including opportunities at local universities, JWOC’s Community Centre and in the villages surrounding Siem Reap. By focusing on education JWOC believes they can make the greatest difference in helping those struggling to better their future and become leaders in their community.

On each tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this particular trip we will be in a combination of hotels (some comfortable, others somewhat simple) but we will also spend several nights in homestays and guesthouses, with the occasional night wild camping.

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