Saigon to Hanoi vacation in Vietnam

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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
All our adventures are privately guided. By traveling in small numbers, we can limit the potential for impact on ancient trails and age-old temples alike. In Ha Long Bay, our traditional boat is also more mindful of the environment than some modern counterparts, whilst its emphasis on taking you to visit out-of-the-way, secluded beaches, has the additional benefit of reducing over-tourism to certain popular parts of the archipelago.

Our offices in the UK and in Bangkok take a leading role in setting the standard for an environmentally friendly work environment. Alongside ensuring that our waste is appropriately recycled, we have instituted a paperless work system, in which paper usage is kept to a bare minimum. We have also implemented a plastic ban in our offices, starting with coffee cups and single-use plastic drinks bottles, and expanding to encompass food packaging as far as possible. Each office has a designated ‘sustainability officer’, who helps to implement programmes and answer questions, whilst all team members are able to set the environmental agenda by highlighting their ideas on a specific sustainability channel in our internal communications network.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

In the Mekong Delta you will stay with a local Vietnamese family in their homestay accommodation. This is a fantastic learning experience and children and adults alike often mention it as one of the first things when talking to us about their trip. Using local homestays is also a great way to involve the community in tourism and to pass on the economic benefits of travel at a grassroots level.

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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