Vietnam biking vacation

“Relaxed 11 day cycling tour as part of a small group. Pedal past the paddy fields, along the rivers and over the flat tarmac roads in Vietnam's lesser-visited rural heartland, south of Saigon.”

Highlights

Ho Chi Minh City | Mo Cay Nam | Mekong Delta | Khmer communities | Bac Lieu | Tan Hiep | Giong Rieng | Cai Rang floating market | Mekong canal boat trip | Village homestay |

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Vietnam biking vacation

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

Accommodation and Meals:
We will spend the nights in locally owned hotels including a night in a homestay guesthouse. All accommodation employs local staff and when food is provided, ingredients are locally produced and sourced. This thereby ensures that our money spent directly benefits the local community. Most of these hotels also have environmental policies which reduce waste, water usage and energy expenditure. Where meals are not provided, your guide will be able to point out several smaller restaurants, cafes and markets, in the various destiantions. There are some weird and wonderful regional specialties to try with plenty of fresh produce available in most areas. Meals consist mainly of rice, vegetables and grilled or stir fried meat. The staple dish is ‘Pho’, which is a noodle broth with veg and meat as well as Banh Mi which is very similiar to a stuffed baguette where it can be easily purchased from roadside stalls, as well as restuarants during the trip.

Local culture and Craft:
Though this trip is primarily focused on the natural landscape, there are still several opportunities for clients to support local produce and craft, mainly during our visits to the various markets such as the Cai Rong floating market, Ben Thanh market and Phong dien market. We will also visit the cottage industries in Ben Tre to see how the locals make rice paper, coconut candy, rice wine and honey etc. Of course, our local guides will advise clients on what to purchase and what to avoid as items made from python or crocodile skin should never be purchased.

Activity:
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. The use of bikes allows us to cover fairly large distances, while offering very little adverse impact, like pollution and threat to wildlife. Additionally, cycling also allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, facilitating cultural exploration. The route of this trip is still untouched by tourism hence, our visit will help promote the area to a wider range of travelers and allowing tourism to benefit the communities visited.

Community:
In Ho Chi Minh City, clients can have an optional welcome and farewell dinner at the KOTO restaurant. KOTO, which also stands for “know one, teach one”, is an NGO that provides a two year course in hospitality, English and life skills training to groups of 16-22 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds. Students also receive accommodation, food, medical check-ups and treatment whilst they are being trained. Many of the 700 graduates have gone on to continue developing their careers at KOTO restaurants or have gained employment elsewhere with their training so this is a great initiative to support.

Other than KOTO, our local partner also supports other initiatives such as the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation that rescues disadvantaged children from poverty and trafficking and the Children’s Hope In Action (CHIA) which is a NGO that provides a range of services for disadvantaged children in the wider Quang Nam province.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with trips such as this and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Wherever possible we provide safe alternative sources of water to buying single use plastic bottles. This may be through large water containers, or encourage our passengers to filter, sterilise or purify water. We encourage all our passengers to come prepared with a reusable water bottle for this purpose.

Group Size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

Community

We spend six nights in simple hotels in Deli and Leh and eight nights in full service camping. All accommodations used are staffed locally, which has a really positive effect on employment and economy in the areas where we stay. By camping for the majority of the trip, we also reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint for the whole tour. On trek, meals include locally sourced ingredients, like porridge, eggs, bread, pasta, rice and potato with a mixture of Indian and Chinese styles. All groceries and other items used during treks are purchased from local shops and markets in Leh- where clients are encouraged to support local businesses and explore local delicacies on offer.

Community:
Our Himalayan Community Support Projects have been helping people in the Markha Valley, Ladakh since the floods in 2006, when we helped people rebuild homes. Since then we have been involved with the local women’s groups and Youth Organisation for the Conservation and Preservation of the Hems National Park in building and running a successful Eco Café. The focus is using only locally made or organic produce and eliminating the plastic bottles littered around the Valley with the use of a UV water filter for trekkers. The Ladakhi women have been trained in needle and flat felting in order to make and sell felt snow leopards, ibex and blue sheep as souvenirs. This has had great economic, social and environmental benefit for the area.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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