Vietnam tailor made vacation, the North West

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Vietnam tailor made vacation, the North West

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

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.

When trekking through the mountainous region of northwest Vietnam we ask you to stay on the designated paths as you never know how much flora and fauna you might disturb if you leave the marked trail.

Community

On this off-the-beaten track adventure you’ll have an opportunity to explore the breathtaking scenery of northwestern Vietnam, and learn about the region's rich culture. You’ll visit Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Lai Chau, Sapa and Bac Ha with a local guide and you’ll have plenty of opportunities for authentic cultural exchanges. When visiting hilltribe villages we ask that you are culturally sensitive and respect the customs and mores, for example you should dress modestly, you should be discrete and polite, and you should try not to be too obtrusive. You should show appreciation and respect for the hospitality of the people whose villages and homes you’re visiting, and please bear in mind that these are real people with getting on with their real lives, therefore you should take care not to invade their privacy or interrupt their daily schedule.

Photography is a sensitive issue among the hilltribe communities and your local guide can give you further information about the protocol.

This itinerary can be adapted to include a homestay with a local minority family in a remote village. A homestay is an authentic experience allows you to sleep overnight with a local family and it is a wonderful opportunity to gain an insight into their way of life and learn about their culture and customs. We support community-based tourism and we encourage our clients to include a homestay in their itinerary as it offers a more meaningful travel experience, plus of course it helps to support the local cultures and provides additional income to the families within the community. (Please note: If you’re not comfortable with the idea of staying with a local family you can enjoy the Victoria Homestay Experience, offered by Victoria Sapa Resort and Spa. On this experience you’ll stay in a rustic yet comfortable traditional Hmong wooden house located in Muong Hoa Valley and you’ll you will be hosted by friendly English-speaking Hmong tribal locals. Whilst this is not a truly authentic homestay experience it will give you an opportunity to interact with people from the Hmong community and you’ll enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal).

During your time in Vietnam we encourage you to be adventurous and eat in local restaurants, cafés and street stalls. Not only does this help to support the local economy, but it will also give you a more authentic vacation experience. We recommend that you visit ‘Koto’ in Hanoi which is a vocational training center and restaurant staffed by disadvantaged young people, and ‘Streets Restaurant’ in Hoi An which provides vocational training opportunities to disadvantaged youths.

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