Vietnam tailor made vacation

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We strive to operate this Vietnam vacation in an environmentally friendly way and we want our clients to have a minimal ecological footprint on the country. In our detailed pre-departure pack we ask our clients to ensure that they travel with a reusable shopping bag in order to avoid the use of plastic carrier bags when they’re in Vietnam. We also recommend that you travel with a reusable water bottle in order to avoid adding to plastic waste problems – this is especially important in rural and remote communities which don’t have adequate waste-disposal schemes.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

On this adventure tour visit the charming Yen Duc village. You’ll have some time to get to know your hosts, share some tea, or, you may like to try your hand at fishing or help with the gardening. Your coming to this village helps to promote and preserve local tradition and culture, as well as supporting the local economy.

We employ local guides and support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travelers for livelihoods.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our vacations.

We encourage all our travelers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Vietnam and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travelers.

Climate

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


There really were many. However, for me it was probably the Vespa Adventure tour around Saigon. A really fun and exciting (and safe, so far as we were concerned) pillion ride around the city with stops at local eateries, a secret lounge (local singers) and finishing at a night club. A fantastic insight into Vietnamese city life, food and a chance to experience the organised chaos of its
streets close up. Others might enjoy Angkor Wat, the Mekong cruise, halong bay or the chocolate box beauty of hoi an. It's all very good.

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


Enjoy the culture. You'll see some great sights, but the people are friendly and happy to talk about their country. And the food is outstanding. The only thing I would suggest might be avoided is the sleeper train. We've done these in Thailand; this was cleaner, but the ride was unpleasant. If it's an alternative, fly.

An important note that doesn't seem to be in any literature - a visit to halong bay is dependent on the weather. If it's stormy, the authorities will not permit any sailings - and storms are apparently not uncommon during the UK summer. You will be returned to Hanoi - where there is not a lot to do. For that reason alone, I would but halong bay at the front of the trip, so if you are unlucky, you've got other things to look forward to.

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


Yes, insofar as we spent money at all locations and these people are poor. So the benefit to local people (individuals) was direct. Vietnam is embracing tourism but not in all cases in an 'environmentally-friendly' way.

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


Outstanding. The tour company was outstanding in its organisation. The guides and drivers were excellent. When flexibility was required (our cruise in Halong bay was curtailed by a typhoon), they were on hand and alternative arrangements were seamlessly made. I cannot praise them highly enough.

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