Laos and Vietnam vacation, Luang Prabang to Hanoi

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13 May 2017
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13 Jun 2017
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07 Jul 2017
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31 Jul 2017
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27 Aug 2017
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26 Sep 2017
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25 Oct 2017
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23 Nov 2017
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19 Dec 2017
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Small group vacation

This is a 'small group adventure' - you will be sharing your experiences with like minded people. Group sizes are limited to a maximum of 11 persons, a genuinely small group. Experience has taught us that smaller groups are less intrusive to local cultures and environments whilst allowing more interaction with local people. Furthermore it means greater flexibility on a day to day basis and on a social level it proves to be fun. Whether you are traveling alone or with friends/family its good value, and a great way to meet new people! The intention is to travel as a group of friends rather than a typical tour group, so don't expect stick-on name badges or any following the umbrella.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Laos and Vietnam vacation, Luang Prabang to Hanoi

This tour visits some very remote parts of SE Asia using a land border between Laos and Vietnam which was only opened in May 2007. In Northern Laos, we instigated the visits to a Lanten tribal village close to Huay Xai in N.W. Laos with the assistance of the local schoolteacher who has since set up a small village co-operative stall where local handicrafts can be sold as souvenirs. This has led to an increase of interest amongst the villagers in traditional handicrafts as well as the locally produced mulberry paper the production of which had almost disappeared.

In Northern Vietnam we are encouraging maintenance of traditional handicrafts and supporting people with disabilities (in a region where disabilities can utterly preclude gainful employment) by visiting, and encouraging purchases from, a disabled persons’ silk painting workshop in Hanoi.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travelers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.

Reviews of Laos and Vietnam vacation, Luang Prabang to Hanoi

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation 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 09 Dec 2016 by

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


Drinking home made "Happy Water" with our guide at his Homestay in a tiny village amongst the Sapa rice terraces.
Sitting in the remote Golden Buddha cave temple near the Nong Thao Lake when 4 monks came in and chanted for some time.


2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for long stretches of time spent on the road in Laos due to the distances between the key stopovers with not much opportunity to exercise

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


Difficult to say. Certainly the cash we were spending went directly to local people.

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


Laos does not have the "Wow" impact that Vietnam and Cambodia have on first visiting . However it is very easy and safe to travel and the people are
incredibly friendly and welcoming. They do not (yet) see tourists as walking ATMs :-)

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2013 by

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


Visiting a cave which had become a shrine due to a tragedy that happened there during the Vietnam war.....the place was thickly populated by the most incredible butterflies it was a deeply spiritual and moving experience. Our guides were lovely kind thoughtful and patient

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't bring too many clothes you won't need them and laundry can be done easily and cheaply in Laos and Vietnam

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


Yes we were pretty Eco and ate with locals everywhere which was a big part of the fun

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


AWESOME

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