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Experience unforgettable tours by locals with Hanoi Voyages

Hanoi Voyages > Travel Stories > Experience unforgettable tours by locals with Hanoi Voyages

Why is travelling with Hanoi Voyages different than the others? It is all about the unforgettable tours by locals which are possible only thanks to collaboration with our trusted suppliers.

tours by locals HNV customer

“You will see things that other tour companies simply do not offer and an amazing style – all tour guides are very courteous and professional, vehicles are well maintained and nothing is ever a problem. I have been travelling to Vietnam for well over a decade and would not recommend anyone else!”

Kellie Spark
(Lara, Australia)

What are the main benefits of tours by locals?

Carefuly Picked Accommodation

In every destination our customers travel to, they are accommodated in the homestays that have maintained their traditional architecture. For centuries, these houses have preserved the history and genuine culture of the lands. We pick quality over quantity.

We always propose the most traditional, comfortable and memorable accommodation. But if you decide to go for a 5* resort, we have those with “genius loci” in store too. 

Hanoi Voyages Homestay
Our customers enjoying traditional cuisine

If you choose to visit Ninh Binh in Vietnam, which is also called Halong Bay on land, you can experience the normal life of a typical Vietnamese farmer in Hiep’s homestay.

With support from Hanoi Voyages and thanks to his hard work, he has built his homestay from 2 rooms to 8 rooms while preserving the authenticity of the traditional houses in the north of Vietnam. Staying in his homestay, you will enjoy the magnificent view of rice fields and taste the traditional local food cooked by Hiep himself and his wife.

tours by locals customer

“Hostels were all very comfortable, almost luxurious and we advise you to get the homestay with Mr Hiep. Restaurants chosen by the agency were clean with fresh and very good products”

(Saint-Quentin, France)

Activities Unique for Every Destination

In the North of Vietnam, farmers are cultivating rice and fishing with traditional tools.

In the South of Vietnam and Cambodia, they are fishing and trading on small wooden boats.

In Thailand, water buffalo pulls heavy ploughs across the fields. 

You can see all this and more on one of the tours by locals by Hanoi Voyages.

tours by locals fishing Vietnamese village

Located close to the famous Halong Bay, Yen Duc village is one of the typical Red river delta traditional villages. Throughout generations, villagers have preserved the authentic lifestyle.

Soak it in while you ride a bicycle across the village with the rice fields around you, feeling the fresh wind blowing on your face and the smell of the green rice. 

Guides That Will Become Your Friends

No one knows a place better than the locals do.

For that reason, we only collaborate with local guides who have the passion in their hearts to show our customers the best of their hometowns.

If you want to dig deeper into the local insights, know that not only are they trained and licensed but we cooperate with them for a long time and think of them as members of Hanoi Voyages family.

Ask them any question that you have in mind about the sites from your bespoke itinerary.

Our guides are able to provide up-to-date information and even behind-the-scenes stories that you can tell your friends back at home like the real traveller you are.

tours by locals Hanoivoyages customer

“Our guides were very considerate, friendly and totally available. Thanks, Duong and Nam! All visits were perfectly timed, interesting and varied.”

(Saint-Quentin, France)

We would not hire any tour guide without really getting to know the person. 

Precisely, based on the itinerary you will craft with your personal trip assistant, we immediately know which guide would be the best companion for your trip.

By the end of your trip, we believe you have gained a new friend.

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Our guide Duong brings the knowledge to the tour and fun to the dining table

Restaurants Where You Break the Bread With Locals

We do not only eat to survive. We also feed the soul and discover the local culture with every bite.

By tasting the local cuisine and understanding the process of making that food, you can easily fall in love with the land you visit.

We are always on the hunt for the best local restaurants, where every dish is not only made from the high-quality ingredients but also with love and dedication.

Moreover, with Hanoi Voyages, you can learn and cook traditional dishes of Southeast Asia yourself. What could be more exciting than travelling and coming home not only with souvenirs but also recipes?

Be the Masterchef on the next dinner you will host back at home.

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Our customers making traditional Vietnamese cake “bánh trôi” like professionals

Why choose the tours by locals with Hanoi Voyages?

Sustainability is not an empty phrase to us

As the famous quote goes: “We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”

Sadly, tour providers often pursue the profit and neglect the harm it can cause to the environment. Hanoi Voyages strives to improve the quality of the services with every new customer, and at the same time keep sustainable travelling in mind.

Nowadays, travellers are more aware that tourism can be a cause of serious environmental harm, pollution and pose danger to flora and fauna. They and we are extremely concerned about the possible impact of travelling on developing countries. 

We do not say we are perfect. But at Hanoi Voyages office, we want to implement more and more green actions.

We say no to printing out unnecessary documents, reuse printed paper, carpool, turn off lights and AC when there is no need for it, bring lunches in reusable boxes and try to minimize single-plastic use.

It is a long way to going completely green but there is no Planet B.

Follow us on Social Media to see what eco-friendly goodies do we have in store for our clients in 2020.

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Ready to go for the River Clean Up free tour

Sustainable travel is our way to operate the business. We care for nature and the environment and pass it on to our customers.

Every year, Hanoi Voyages with our collaborators organize River Clean Up free tour to collect trash in Thuan Tinh island in Hoi An.

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When trash collecting becomes a tradition

From the beginning, we are only collaborating with our local suppliers. Ideally, they should also share the same caring for the environment than us.

One of our trusted suppliers is Indochina Junk, offering cruises by locals on Halong Bay. Since the beginning, they are focusing on sustainability and put their hearts into protecting the beauty of this UNESCO site.

Did you know that there are 1,092 must-see spots on the UNESCO World Heritage list at the time of writing this article? 

And did you know that 54 of them are in danger of disappearing?

tours by locals green halong bay

Local understanding

tours by locals Hanoivoyages customer

“My family have spent a great time in Vietnam with Hanoi Voyages. They are extremely professional and trustworthy.
It feels like a completely private experience with local understanding. Will definitely come back to them when going to Cambodia and Thailand with my family next time.”

Jeremy Stockings
(Arizona, USA)

Would you prefer to go to a famous and overcrowded destination, where you might not even manage to see what you came for? Or would you favour discovering the hidden gems that might just blow your mind?

On your own and being a first time somewhere, you might not be able to find them. Yet, with the advice of our local guide, you will soon know the secret spots like a palm of your hand.

Take Sapa in the north of Vietnam. During the high season, Sapa could be too touristic.

tours by locals cultivate rice Pu Luong

Fortunately, our tours by locals offer a hidden gem located just 160km from Hanoi – Pu Luong as an option.

It has magnificent views of Sapa, but while trekking through the area, you could enjoy the breathtaking view of traditional rice paddy, fresh air of the highland and shaking hands with local people without many tourists around.

Do not be too surprised when local people offer you water when seeing you. They are friendly and welcome all travellers to their home. Just like we welcome you to ours (Vietnam) or other destination from our offer. 

tours by locals rice field Pu Luong
Visiting to Pu Luong, you can see the lush green rice fields - Instagram: @anniesbucketlist

Authentic experience

Thinking of embarking on a journey to Southeast Asia? You are most probably looking for a change of scenery, different experiences and people. Obviously, you crave to learn about their culture and history.

The breathtaking landscapes in the north of Vietnam, the splendid highlands of Laos, the magnificent river delta in Cambodia, exotic islands of Thailand, the sacred land of Myanmar…

Southeast Asia is extremely versatile. Join us, explore it, protect it and build the unforgettable memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

tours by locals ao dai Hanouvoyages team

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