Vietnam history tour, the road to independence
Description of Vietnam history tour, the road to independence
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
We are passionate about minimising the negative impacts that tourism may cause. A pillar of our travel philosophy is our belief in small group sizes. Our maximum capacity for this trip to Vietnam is just 16 travellers. Not only does this minimise the negative impacts on the destinations we visit, but it also provides a more immersive and intimate local travel experience.
We are partnering with our Vietnamese ground operator and various NGO’s in Vietnam to ensure selected communities have access to clean drinking water. In some destinations, water wells are drilled, and bio sand filters are installed so that families no longer have to walk for long distances to access clean water. In other communities, we work with LifeStraw to install and train communities on how to look after and maintain their LifeStraw filter. Often these communities are being given access to clean drinking water for the first time in their lives. Not only does this improve their health and well-being, but it also enables them to earn sustainable income generating livelihoods. For example, they may be able to grow vegetables to sell at the market, raise buffalo to plough the fields to sell the rice, grain, corn at the market.
Reducing use of Single-use plastics
All of our travellers to Vietnam are provided with cloth bags and reusable water bottles at the beginning of their trip to help them avoid single-use plastics such as plastic shopping bags and disposable water bottles. Further to this, we instruct our suppliers in Vietnam to provide large tanks of potable water for group vehicles. We also encourage the hotels and lodges that host our groups to provide safe and reliable water at refill stations. These simple but effective measures can have a considerable impact and drastically reduce the amount of waste generated during each expedition. It also has the added benefit of helping our Vietnamese partners operate in a more sustainable manner.
PeopleSupporting local projects & communities
On our expedition, we visit KOTO in Hanoi for lunch, a social enterprise restaurant used as a hospitality training school for disadvantaged youth. We also support the Thai and Kho Mu ethnic groups during our visit to Dien Bien Phu, who continue to live in traditional ways, following centuries-old habits and customs. We support these ethnic groups financially with our visits and, with our low impact small groups, make sure we leave a positive impact.
We want to make sure that as much money as possible generated from our expeditions stays in Vietnam. We work with local guides, drivers and restaurants and purchase from a range of local suppliers to ensure the economic benefits of travel are spread amongst the local communities in the destinations we visit. Our experiences are tailored to benefit local communities and provide meaningful connections with them – such as our visit to the house of a Viet Cong veteran in the Mekong Delta, a tour in Hue with an ex-soldier and joining local people for a cooking class in Hoi An.