Longing for more values out of your visit to Vietnam? With the belief that there is no better way of receiving than giving first, we write you a guide of how to support local communities when visiting Vietnam. You don’t have to go to any great lengths in order to assume the responsibility though, it takes only simple, individual actions to achieve positive outcomes.
Support the local business when visiting Vietnam
Tourism provides a large income for most Vietnamese provinces, especially in rural areas. By supporting local businesses, shopping in local markets, for example, you can increase the substantial development of Vietnam’s tourism and economy. The more visitors make use of local services, the better the quality is enhanced. Furthermore, getting to know the locals can offer the best experience you can ask for on your trip. Here are a few ways you can help the local economies.
Hanoi’s delicate souvenirs you should buy are a good reminder of places you’ve been to. Vietnam has plenty of traditional handicraft villages and their products are of incredible finesse. Buying these plays a crucial in promoting the local cultures and traditional businesses.
Vietnam has many traditional handicrafts villages
Traditional clothing weaving in minority communities
Put aside the agony of poor trip planning by hiring a local tour guide. They can know exactly where to go and what you should do for the most unique experience. This is the perfect way of how to support local communities when visiting Vietnam carefree.
A local tour guide adds the fun to a memorable experience
Go off-the-beaten-track with the help of a local tour guide
Homestays are becoming increasingly preferable for visitors when going to Vietnam. There’s no need to pay a large amount at a fancy hotel when you can opt for a cozy homestay (usually with homemade foods!). The locals can earn their daily income from this type of accommodation, too.
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Enjoy the most while leaving the least impact possible on the environment. Millions of tourists flock to Vietnam each year, and for every careless traveler, nature is put in the edge of pollution. Choosing environmental-friendly approaches during your visit can immensely benefit the country’s nature conservation.
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It is quite hard to practice in Vietnam since the country’s consumer culture is heavily based on plastic packages and wrappers. However, you can take the matter into your own hands by bringing your own shopping bags, or reduce the use of plastic cups and straws by dining in at the restaurant rather than ordering takeaways.
Turn down plastic straws and plastic bags if possible
Take special cautions when you are traveling in jungle areas, where street vendors will try to sell grilled meat of exotic jungle animals or products made from animal’s skin. Those offers all seem very inviting, and most of them are not illegal in Vietnam, but such actions seriously threaten the wildlife. Saying no to these items is a significant contribution to protecting the ecosystem.
Try your best to avoid products made from animals
More and more tourists nowadays are looking for delivering values to the community on their travel. Volunteering in Vietnam varies in forms. You can visit villages for handicapped children or join in building a school for children in remote areas. Tourism is not about personal bliss anymore, it is rather about sharing the joy with those in need. Consequently, trips like this always end with so much more than you have bargained for.
Volunteering is a meaningful way of traveling
Being considerate on your travel is not going to lessen the fun by any means. On the contrary, shouldering the responsibility in the small actions you do can enrich your travel in a way you have never thought of. As tour organizers, we are committed to not only providing the best service for travelers but also offering meaningful contributions to the local communities.
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