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Why travel in Vietnam
Tourism is a key economic sector in Vietnam. Aware of the dangers of unrestricted over-tourism, Vietnam is determined to give full scope to sustainable tourism development. As with many other countries, the aim is to better distribute travellers’ arrivals. It is also to promote both ecotourism and tourism activities that directly benefit the Vietnamese people. It is also essential to develop tourism activities that highlight the national heritage values and cultural identity.
Although not all players in the Vietnamese tourism industry have yet taken the step towards responsible tourism, some operators have done so with enthusiasm. The first area that has been developed is that of homestays or stays within a local community.
Several villages offer to host small numbers of travellers in order to discover local customs and the daily activities of a Vietnamese village community. Proximity, encounters and exchanges, sharing in a friendly atmosphere are at the heart of this responsible tourism approach. The leitmotiv? Immersion for more authenticity!
In addition to accommodation with local people, many activities are offered to travellers in order to promote local traditions. Handicrafts, agriculture… You will have the opportunity to participate directly in the daily life of your village. It will undoubtedly contribute to forging special links with your hosts. The economic benefits of all these activities will be direct to the community that has welcomed you.
These immersions usually take place in villages off the beaten track. Nevertheless, it is also possible to take a responsible approach while visiting cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. Take a motorbike taxi or sidecar ride to the less touristy areas of these two fast-paced megacities. Dive in with your guide to discover the street food joints. Dare to try the tasty and authentic Vietnamese cuisine! Around a typical Vietnamese coffee, take advantage of these unique moments to exchange with the inhabitants. You will better understand their daily life.
To extend your Vietnamese immersion and your exchanges with the population, take part in typical experiences. They will allow you to approach the local culture in a different way. Learn how to make your own lantern or make your own kite with the help of local craftsmen. The more curious can learn the secrets of traditional Vietnamese pharmacopoeia from an apothecary.
Looking for more physical activity? Push the doors of a martial arts school to discover viet vo dao, a local martial art inspired by ancestral practices. Beyond the combat sport, it is a real school of civic and moral education. Strength, vigilance, breath and anticipation… These are the ingredients for successful learning!
And how can you talk about Vietnamese culture without trying to find out more about the local cuisine. It definitely is among the tastiest foods you can taste. Visit the vegetable gardens and the local markets.
Then learn how to prepare some of Vietnam’s popular dishes. Mixing flavours, balancing aromas… There will be no more secrets for you and you will be able to share wonderful dishes with your friends. In continuation, awaken your senses during a tea workshop.
Lovers of natural landscapes will not be left out in Vietnam. Of course, Halong Bay and its sublime karst landscapes attract a huge number of travellers. But this leads to serious problems of pollution and inappropriate behaviour. But did you know that a few kilometres away, there is another bay with similar landscapes that is much less frequented? So, opt for routes away from the island of Cat Ba. You can take a kayak through the karst peaks for an unforgettable trip.
In total, there are almost 30 national parks in Vietnam, most of which are relatively uncrowded. Among them, the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park has been classified by UNESCO for its exceptional value. Between the typical karst plateaus of the region and lush tropical forests, this park will reveal its spectacular caves. It will also reveals underground rivers far from the hustle and bustle of Vietnam’s most popular tourist sites.
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