The first Vietnam Responsible Travel in Central Vietnam, has attracted, and been appreciated by, numerous international tourists and local people.
To join this month–long trip, nine Canadian tourists first flew to Ho Chi Minh City and then settled in the ancient city of Hoi An, the central province of Quang Nam.
One of the most important things of this special trip is that participants should be over 50.
Mr K.Paul said his group shared a house and meals with Tran Hung family in Cam Chau Ward, Hoi An City.
“I and Mr Hung have gradually got to know each other. Sentiments is the most precious thing I have acknowledged and felt after nearly a month staying here”, confided Mr Paul.
During their stay in Hoi An City, the group has walked around the ancient city of Hoi An, collecting required information useful for their stay.
Moreover, they have Vietnamese language classes from Monday to Friday. They also joined in making meals, teaching English for local children, making pottery products in trade village of Thanh Tra, growing vegetables in Tra Que village and other interesting things.
Importantly, Canadian tourists have volunteered to help handicapped and elderly people in the Quang Nam Social Center as well as children in the Hoi An Orphans Center. They even joined in cleaning houses; cooking meals, washing clothes and giving baths to the elderly and children.
Besides the ancient city of Hoi An, the group has also visited Hanoi, some of the world’s natural and cultural heritages of My Son Sanctuary, Phong Nha Cave, Halong Bay and contemplated other charming landscapes of Ngu Hanh Son, Museum of Cham, Vinh Moc Tunnel, Hien Luong bridge and Ben Hai river.
Mr Nguyen Hoi living in Cam Chau Ward, who shared his house with a tourist, remarked that “our foreign guest is quite open-hearted; relaxed and supportive. The guest actively took part in making daily meals, watering plants every morning. Especially, he is always cheerfully and friendly”.
Relating to this unique tourism program, Mr Le Ho Phuoc Vinh, the CEO of Le Nguyen International Travel Joint-stock Company in Hoi An city, said that his company has coordinated with Canada-based-Cegep Marie-Victoria Company to put this program into operation.
“Joining this home-stay program, members could have opportunity to chat and have meals with the host and participate in numerous voluntary activities”, he added.
Ms. J.Helene, a Canadian tourist, shared that her companies did not use air-conditioning to save electricity and had long stay in a certain place to limit the use of transportation to reduce the impact on the environment.
“The most wonderful part of the program is that we have an opportunity to give children and the elderly a hand, from the smallest thing. I see that people in Hoi An city are very nice and sweet. It is cultural values that make the life here is so peaceful”, Helene said.
Vietnam Responsible Travel, the newly-launched tourism program, is very impressive as it helped link heart to heart.
Furthermore, it has also helped popularise Vietnamese images among international friends and more tourists will come to Vietnam partly thanks to this special program.
Translated by Mai Huong