Low-impact tourism

Ethnic Travel is dedicated to promoting low-impact tourism practices that prioritize environmental, cultural, and social responsibility. To ensure that our travels have a positive impact on local communities, economies, and the environment, we encourage all our guests to follow these guidelines:

Etiquette: Show respect to the local people by being friendly and courteous. Learning a few words in Vietnamese or local dialects can foster connections and demonstrate goodwill. Patience is key in public interactions, such as bargaining or waiting for services, as transactions may take longer than usual. Avoid displaying irritation, as it is considered disrespectful.

Clothing: Respect local dress standards by dressing modestly, covering your thighs and shoulders when visiting homes or interacting with locals. Avoid wearing tops with low necklines, see-through clothing, or short skirts, as they may be deemed disrespectful.

Photographs: Always ask for permission before taking photos, and refrain from offering money in exchange for pictures, even if requested. In minority villages, still photographs are acceptable, but video cameras may be intrusive and should not be used.

Gift Giving: If you wish to bring gifts for the communities we visit, consider items like school supplies (e.g., pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, rulers), which are always appreciated. Inform your guide, who can facilitate the distribution of these gifts to local teachers or community members.

Avoid giving away "Western trinkets" like empty water bottles, candy, gum, or pens when walking through villages, as they may not be disposed of properly and could cause environmental harm. Additionally, be mindful that people in remote villages may not have access to dental care, so refrain from distributing items that could contribute to dental issues.

Environmental Sensitivity: Take responsibility for your waste by carrying out all refuse, including cigarette butts, to leave behind only footprints and positive memories. This helps preserve the natural beauty of the places we visit and minimizes our environmental impact.

By adhering to these guidelines, you can contribute to the sustainability and well-being of the destinations we explore together. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment to responsible travel.