Vietnam is a “rich” country for ecotourism, because Vietnam early occupation by the Chinese for a thousand years, colonization by the French and a bitter war following independence in 1945. The wars are the pain, but it makes the history become meaningful. For tourism it is a valuable source to exploit. Moreover, Vietnam is favored by Mother Nature with many beautiful landscapes as mountains, beaches, caves, bays… They are very important to encourage the development of ecotourism. The combination between nature and culture makes the Vietnam ecotourism’s product become more attractive to tourist.
A major factor in Ecotourism is reducing your carbon footprint. Vietnam is a long, thin country with 1500 Km long, so if you want travel along Vietnam from the border with China in the north to the Ca Mau cape – the last destination in the south, you can use the rail network. The main route, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh, hugs the coast line. Trains are comfortable with onboard catering and sleeper carriages.
Bicycle tour is also very popular in Vietnam. You can easily to rent a bicycle in each destination you visit as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Lat… and this kind of transport is becoming a kind of tour in Vietnam. You can search the Bike Tours or Bicycle Tour to have a tour with the tour guide to visit the destination with a bike. Of cause it is very good for the environment.
In the big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh now are having a new kind of transport - Green car or electric car. You can rent the electric car to visit the destination in the city, and this kind of transport is encouraged by government to protect environment.
One another kind of transport that is very special in Vietnam – Cyclo. It is a unique way to discover the city that you can easily to discover the life style around you while moving.
The development of tourism has led to some damaging hotel developments. Besides, many good for environment hotels model also develop. Under the demand of sustainable tourism, almost the accommodation suppliers committed to protect the environment while still meeting the demand of customer. There are many accommodations that famous for ecotourism are Moon Garden Homestay Hanoi, Eco lodge Moc Chau, Topas eco lodge Sapa, Mango Bay Phu Quoc, Ki-em Art House in Ninh Hoa…
Vietnam has three-quarters of its land is mountain and hills, more over it has many rain forests, beautiful caves and beaches. It is a wonderful condition for Vietnam to develop Ecotourism. You can asking the tour operator for eco tour in Vietnam, you can both enjoy the beauty of nature but still protect the environment. More over, Vietnam is the home of 54 ethnic minorities, therefore, choosing ecotourism you not only have chance to discover the nature but also enjoy the beauty of culture. A very famous for this kind of tour is in Sapa.
Philanthropic Travel is no longer the activity of only volunteers but become an activity in many tours. This kind of activity makes the tour become more meaningful to the traveller. They not only discover the destination but have chance to help other people. Moon Garden Homestay in Hanoi is famous for the activity of visiting Thuy An village - a local handicapped children center. Joining the tour of Moon Garden Homestay, tourist can enjoy the beauty of nature, discover the beauty of culture, moreover they can help the local disadvantaged children.
When to Go
Vietnam has subtropical monsoon climate, moreover the territory stretches over many latitudes, and therefore the climate has the difference between each part of the country. The north has a cold winter and rainy all the summer. The central has a hot summer with typhoons during summer time. The South is year – round humidity. Normally the high season of Vietnam is from September to April next year.