Ethnic Travel is committed to a style of travel that
is environmentally, culturally and socially responsible.
We uphold an ethic of minimizing negative impacts and
maximizing positive effects on local communities,
economies and the environment.
We invite you to join
us in this effort by following the suggestions below.
As you would at home, be friendly but respectful
of local people around you.
It is a good idea to learn
a few words in Vietnamese or the local dialects to
break the ice, bring laughter and offer a gesture
Please be patient in public, such as when bargaining
for a purchase or waiting for services.
may take longer than you are accustomed to, but that
is part of the experience, and any show of irritation
is considered a serious loss of face for both parties.
When in homes and amongst local people, dress modestly
and be mindful of local dress standards.
your thighs and shoulders, as this is the norm in
Vietnam. Tops with low necklines, see-through clothing,
and short skirts are considered disrespectful.
Politely ask permission before taking photos, and
do not give any money in return for taking a picture,
even if asked.
In minority villages, still photographs
are acceptable but video cameras are intrusive; please
do not use them under any circumstances.
If you would like to bring small items as gifts for
the communities and villages we visit, school supplies
(such as pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, and rulers)
are always welcome.
Just let your guide know and he
will introduce you to a local teacher so you can present
them for distribution.
When walking through villages we ask that you not
give away to individuals any “Western trinkets”
such as empty water bottles, candy, gum or pens.
items may not be disposed of in an environmentally
correct manner. Also people in remote villages might
not have access to dental care.
We ask that you take
away all your refuse, no matter how small (even
cigarette butts), so that you leave behind only
footprints and happy