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There is no job as noble as being a traveler. When you travel to a country or a destination, jobs are created directly and immediately for the airline companies, for the travel agents and tour operators, for the train companies, for the transport companies, for the cruise companies, for the boat companies, for hotels, for restaurants, for universities, colleges, and vocational schools, for local handicrafts, for the local souvenir businesses, for the involved local communities...When you travel, it seems the whole local economy may benefit immediately and the money you spend may be spread most among the local communities...

Mass tourism may destroy the local natural environment, puts a burden on the local traditional culture as local people and businesses try to satisfy the visitors and abandon their traditions ...

Today you travel to Vietnam or China, at the same time some others have tours to Cambodia and some others take trips to Laos...If you travel responsibly and others do it responsibly, then the natural environment remains unchanged or improved, the local culture remains unchanged or even better preserved, the local people may learn good habits from you. Responsible travel brings more value to your trips, makes your holidays more authentic and enjoyable. With responsible travel, the reasons for which a destination attracts people to travel to remain unchanged, or become more of a reason...Responsible travel pays everyone and benefits everyone!

How to travel responsibly?

1/Choosing the eco-friendly airlines and transport companies;

2/Staying at eco-friendly hotels and dining at eco-friendly restaurants;

3/Choosing the tour operators & travel agents who understand, love and respect the l

ocal culture; who have professional staff that are well-trained in eco-tourism; who share the income from your travel most with different local communities; who take part in protecting the environment and traditional culture, and giving back to local communities;

4/Choosing travel itineraries of responsible travel:
a/Off-the-beaten-track itineraries: Travel to destinations and take the paths that are not visited by the crowd. This helps to put less burden on the environment and local culture of the touristy places, while it helps to improve the income of many local communities at the not-so touristy sites and helps to preserve the local environment and culture. Off-the-beaten-track travel itineraries help you with a more authentic experience.

b/Eco and nature tours: Eco and nature tours bring you to destinations of eco-tourism, nature reserves or national parks. These tours give you a time of understanding nature and get relaxed amid the wild. In the mean time, these tours help local communities and local authorities more income so that they can protect the natural landscapes and wild life in the communities.

c/Trekking and biking adventures: Traveling by means of trekking and biking doesn't require fuels and generates no exhaust elements, hence has no harmful effects to the natural environment. Trekking and biking adventures make your travel accessible to many far-flung destinations, which means more communities are benefiting from your travel. Taking these adventures, you'll be rewarded immensely with the chaste natural beauty and the untouched local culture, your experience will be a more authentic one.

5/Travel in family or take part in small group journeys: Travel in family and in small groups (fewer than 12-15 persons/group) makes your travel have minimized impact to the environment and local culture.

And right here some codes for responsible Traveller in our country:

Find out about your destination. Buy relevant guidebooks and learn about the culture, politics, geography, religion and customs of the area before you travel.

Learn some basic words and phrases (even just hello, please and thank you). Normally our guides will teach you some simple local words and phrases when the trip starts. A few words will go a long way towards developing communication and understanding with local people.

Dress respectfully. It is very easy to embarrass, shame or offend local people by not covering up or dressing appropriately especially when you visit pagodas, temples, or religious places.

In Indochina, do not touch heads of adults, as they believe that is the place through which they worship to their ancestors. (Touching children’s head is fine.)

Buy locally made goods and use locally provided services. Try to put money into the local economy by encouraging trade and the local manufacture of goods and crafts. Pay a fair price for the goods and services you buy. Haggling is often a part of local life, but make this light and bright - don’t go too far. Keep a realistic perspective. What is a trifling sum to you, could be a significant amount to a poor family (perhaps making the difference of having a meal or not.)

Ask permission to photograph or video – how would you like it if a stranger came along and took photos of you going about your everyday life (hanging out the washing, going to the gym or washing the dog)? But do not pay people for taking their picture. It leads to begging. If they ask, just don't take the picture.

Don't give children candy or sweets because many do not have dental care. If you want to give local people or children something please ask a Trek Vietnam Tour guide for suggestions. Avoid conspicuous displays of wealth, especially in very poor communities. Not only is this insensitive, you may become the target for thieves or snatchers. Remove watches, rings and expensive jewellery.

Our style of travel is environmentally and culturally responsible and at all times we endeavor to give something to the communities that we visit. Our policy will be provided to you at time of booking, and sets our environmental objectives and practices, and how you can play a part in reducing the impacts on environment and culture in the area visited.

These are some of our aims:

Our operation should maximize the positive impacts of tourism on the host communities. This includes using of the local staff, local suppliers and developing sustainable business.

Minimize the negative impacts of tourism. This is to ensure that tourism does not divert resources away from local communities or drive up prices of local resources.

Provide opportunities for cultural exchange, where the local communities and group members can share and learn from each other

Contribute toward the host community’s welfare. Whenever possible we will engage in partnerships with local agencies to develop programs that can assist the host communities. This may include support for health, education or environmental protection.