Travelling Rules In Vietnam
The way we travel (in small group up to 10 people), the quality of our staff, our concern for local development, our involvement in environmental protection projects and our constant desire to limit the impact of our passage, create an art of travel that leads to beautiful encounters and avoids perturbing the age-old harmony of the places we pass through.
We can indeed – you the travelers, we the organizers – do a great deal, by simply understanding what we see, respecting those we encounter, protecting both. In this way, we personally contribute to safeguarding Cultures and Nature.
These are general rules to be applied with discernment depending on the region of the country.
Let us treat local people, their traditions, cultures and religions with respect…, avoiding:
Certain types of physical contact (caressing a child’s head, a man shaking a woman’s hand, kissing someone.)
Each culture has its own habits so you must get the relevant information from your guides and those accompanying you. This would demonstrate a clear sign of interest and respect.
We can leave our Western prejudice and snap judgments behind. Humility and forgetting the principle that ‘the customer is always right’ often allow us to establish warm relations. Avoid ‘having all the answers’, and develop the habit of asking questions.
Due to Vietnamese type of complicated hierachy, people always asking age at the first meet, please feel relax for that.
Learn a few words of the languages and dialects. These efforts are greatly appreciated and often lead to laughter and getting to know people.
Take the time to meet and to wait. Taking the time to converse and listen can bring about a fuller appreciation of our voyage. In certain countries, haste and impatience are even considered to be bad manners.
Walking through land under cultivation, picking crops (fruits, corn), scaring livestock lead to significant losses for a farmer, and the risk of him being unable to feed his family during difficult months.
If you are in Vietnam’s territory or at custom offices avoid asking question: “Is it China beach (China Beach) here ? ” It is the name of the beach and is belong to Vietnam territory that in Vietnamese is called” Bien Dong means East Sea”. Many customers have asked the question, and that is insult Vietnamese people.
Welcoming people into a village or a family are sometimes a huge sacrifice for our hosts. Be aware of this and depending on the situation we must offer food, some basic goods or money before leaving (a discreet inquiry to the guides will help avoids gifts that may offend). We should leave the place as it was or better than before our passage.