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This 10 day Vietnamese hill tribes tour explores northwest Vietnam and its mountainous landscapes. This is a chance to discover a remote corner of Vietnam, away from its thronging cities, as you follow a circular route from Hanoi up to the Sapa region, travelling along winding roads up into the mountains. Enjoy a homestay in the little village of Ta Van, then travel on to Ha Giang, where the imposing Heaven’s Gate mountains tower over forests and rice paddies below. Next, Dong Van for a circular trek through lush farmland and rice paddies, before travelling to the beautiful Ba Be National Park. Here, take a cruise on the lovely Ba Be Lake, looking out for wildlife and throughout, enjoy great food and wonderful scenery, meeting the welcoming local people along the way.
Spending two nights in homestays is a perfect way to learn more about local culture and life, from your H’mong hosts, and to tuck into home cooked dishes. You will also visit Mrs Mai’s Responsible Tourism project in Dong Van, a co-operative which helps victims of human trafficking along the Vietnam/China border. You’ll round off your trip with a wonderful last-night dinner at KOTO restaurant, which provides career training to disadvantaged kids. This is a small group holiday with a maximum of 12 people.
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PlanetAll travel on this trip through Vietnam, which is completed by private vehicle, includes a large container of drinking water. Travellers are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle so that they can refill it from this container. We provide training to trip leaders on water consumption best practices and how to encourage their travellers to follow these principles too. We continue to work with local suppliers on water management initiatives. For example, encouraging hotel owners to provide water refill stations, and in-room signage requesting short showers, repeated towel use and turning taps off.
Vietnam is aiming to ban the use and sale of all single-use plastics by the end of 2021. As they currently receive scrap plastics from other countries, for example the USA, to be recycled or disposed of, they also plan to end these imports by the end of 2025. We provide travellers to Vietnam with reusable fabric tote bags. The tote bags are made locally, providing employment and training opportunities to disadvantaged members of the local community. By providing travellers with tote bags we are supporting the local government’s single-use plastic goals.
PeopleThrough our foundation we support local organisations around the world to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable individuals and communities through sustainable travel experiences. We also include activities and visits on our trips to NGOs around the world who are supporting local communities through programs tailored to their needs. This trip includes lunch at the KOTO restaurant in Hanoi. KOTO provides hospitality training and sustainable employment skills to disadvantaged local youths. Travellers will enjoy a delicious meal of regional specialties, prepared and served by members of the training program.
Our trips maximize the opportunity for travellers to engage meaningfully with local culture and communities. Many experiences on our trips also support traditional cultural practices – whether artisanal, culinary or otherwise. In turn, this helps to sustain and preserve these traditional practices so that future generations may continue to learn, enjoy and benefit from them. While in Hanoi, travellers on this trip will spend time listening to and learning about Hat Xam, an ancient musical art form that dates back over 700 years to the Tran Dynasty. Under threat of dying out after a wave of communism deemed all creative expressions to be corrupting, travellers will enjoy a Hat Xam performance in a private clubhouse.