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  • December 29, 2016

Quarterly Sustainability Report Q4 2016

With our commitment to sustainability, Footprint has been working hard in order to operate our business in an environmentally and socially manner. Our achievement of Travelife Certified on January 2016 has shown our commitment to sustainable travel. Travelife is an international and independent certification process that works to create a more sustainable environment in the tourism industry by setting sustainable benchmarks for its members. After becoming the first Vietnamese-owned tour operator achieving a sustainability certificate, we continue communicate our sustainability actions though quarterly report. Last time, we presented our performance in developing responsible products through Q3 report. ...READ MORE

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  • December 29, 2016

Quarterly Sustainability Report Q3 2016

With our commitment to sustainability, Footprint has been working hard in order to operate our business in an environmentally and socially manner. Our achievement of Travelife Certified on January 2016 has shown our commitment to sustainable travel. Travelife is an international and independent certification process that works to create a more sustainable environment in the tourism industry by setting sustainable benchmarks for its members. After becoming the first Vietnamese-owned tour operator achieving a sustainability certificate, we continue communicate our sustainability actions though quarterly report. Last time, we presented our partners’ performances regarding sustainability through Q2 report. ...READ MORE

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  • December 29, 2016

Quarterly Sustainability Report Q2 2016

With our commitment to sustainability, Footprint has been working hard in order to operate our business in an environmentally and socially manner. Our achievement of Travelife Certified on January 2016 has shown our commitment to sustainable travel. Travelife is an international and independent certification process that works to create a more sustainable environment in the tourism industry by setting sustainable benchmarks for its members. After becoming the first Vietnamese-owned tour operator achieving a sustainability certificate, we continue communicate our sustainability actions though quarterly report. Last time, we presented our internal sustainability management procedures through April report. As a tour operator, we can contribute greater impact by working closely with our suppliers to increase the level of sustainability through the supply chain. Our suppliers include accommodation, transport and excursion providers. ...READ MORE

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  • December 29, 2016

Quarterly Sustainability Report Q1 2016

With our commitment to sustainability, Footprint has been working hard in order to operate our business in an environmentally and socially manner. Our achievement of Travelife Certified on January 2016 has shown our commitment to sustainable travel. ...READ MORE

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  • December 20, 2016

Footprint’s Fresh Look On New Website

Over the last few months, Footprint Travel’s marketing and IT team has been in the secret Footprint lab working on some fresh looks for the new website, and a whole new focus on connecting with you, our partners and travelers. Some things are in style with new eye-popping images and remaining a user friendly design at the same time. ...READ MORE

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  • December 20, 2016

Recap of the year - 2016

It’s almost Christmas. Even though we are all extremely busy at the end of the year, we at least owe it to ourselves to take pauses in our day to savor the festive mood. In the meantime, we’ve got loads to talk about the previous year. ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Footprint welcomes volunteer and continues to support Responsible Travel Club

In an effort to continue promoting responsible travel in Vietnam, Footprint Vietnam Travel, is proud to support the Responsible Travel Club (RTC) by opening its doors to volunteer Ngyuen Thi Lan Chi (pictured here with some of the Footprint team). ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

For a Green Halong Bay – Project update

In partnership with the Ha Long Bay Management Board, Indochina Junk in Halong Bay (a partner company with Footprint) and Footprint Vietnam Travel a project called For a Green Halong Bay was launched as a trial project in 2007. Managed by Indochina Junk and sponsored by Footprint, as well as Tropical Sails the project has become a model of community-based success and responsible tourism. ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Footprint works with communities to plan volunteer school trips to Vietnam

Starting in mid-July 2012 Footprint Travel welcomed three large groups of student-volunteer-adventurers. The groups are all from UK high schools. As the arrival date nears, Mr. Thanh, Footprint’s co-founder and product development manager, visited the remote villages the school groups planned to visit. ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Friend of Footprint – Mr. Dutch Smiling Fred

As everyone here at Footprint knows well that Mr. Fred Vorstenbosch, we often call him smiling Fred, who has been twice to Vietnam to support Footprint with tourism skills. ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Footprint Team visit Hanna & her little princess after her maternity leave!

Leaving for maternity from April, Hanna has just came back to Hanoi to be ready to continue serving the coming guest of Footprints. Footprint Team visited her rental house nearby old quarter, where is convenience for her to go to work as. ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Footprint welcomes Canadian dental hygiene students to Vietnam

Footprint Vietnam Travel is more than proud to be the tour company welcoming Cambrian College’s dental hygiene students to Vietnam. Ten students from Sudbury, ON, Canada will be coming in March (2012) to share what they have learned about dental hygiene to children in Sapa. ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Footprint Travel’s girl tour guides

Ever since Footprint Travel began over ten years ago, they have been very proud to offer their clients some of the best guides in all of Vietnam. However, over the past year, Footprint has noticed an interesting trend. There have been more and more requests for female guides. ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Footprint Vietnam Travel joins in with an Earth Hour Challenge

As Vietnam’s leading responsible tourism operator, the Footprint Vietnam Travel team decided to make a collective effort to come up with an I Will If You Will (IWIYW) challenge. The social phenomena has seen several YouTube videos being posted on the WWF website as well as YouTube. The IWIYW campaign has been designed to encourage each other, well, to: encourage each other! ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Footprint Vietnam Travel Celebrating 10 Years

In 1999, the dream began, when two students, from Hanoi Open University’s Faculty of Tourism, met and began to design a travel company that would show Vietnam to the World. ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Footprint to attract German market at ITB Berlin

Since 1999, when Footprint Vietnam Travel was established by two University friends, the company’s primary markets have been Australians, Americans, and Canadians. Europeans, as well as Southeast Asians also make up large proportions of Footprint guests. Among the Europeans, the Germans, have begun to be one of Footprint’s primary target markets. ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Footprint visits Coto Island with RTC Vietnam

Footprint Travel and friends had the opportunity to take part in an inspection trip facilitated by Vietnam’s Responsible Travel Club to the little-known Coto Island in Northern Vietnam. ...READ MORE

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  • December 19, 2016

Footprint supported the “Green Sapa day” August 19th, 2010

The Green Sapa day was taken on August 19th, 2010. Footprint was very pleased to support this event of tree planting in Ban Ho village, Sapa – Lao Cai. This was a working together with other tour operators in Hanoi (RTC), SNV, IPADE, Sapa tourism, Ban Ho schools, Sapa tour operators, sapa hotels… ...READ MORE

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  • December 08, 2016

Footprint’s First Annual ReCYCLE Event

The first ever annual ReCYCLE event by Footprint is tomorrow. That means that all the Footprinters have gone to bed early so that they are well rested for the physically challenging race tomorrow. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Footprint bringing Vietnam to WTM

In just a few more days Footprint Travel will arrive in London to take part in WTM. The Vietnam responsible tour operator will be promoting its diverse tour programs and Vietnam to the world. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016
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  • December 02, 2016

Follow In The Footsteps Of A Fan Maker In Chang Son

Everything you have read or heard about Hanoi is true. The endless flow of motorbikes, the lively markets and some of the world’s best street food are all here. However, Hanoi also abounds with traditional craft villages from pottery, conical hat, carpentry, statue – making. Just to name a few. One of the villages with a long history of crafting is Chang Son – paper fan making village located not so far away from the city centre. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Fines introduced for energy abuse

In Vietnam, a local responsible tour operator has begun efforts to reduce its power usage. Among, its green office programs (recycling, greening balcony, water conservation, and reduced elevator usage), the Footprint Vietnam Travel team has begun delivering fines to its staff for ‘power abuse’. For example, if a staff member forgets to turn off a computer or unplug something a fine of 50,000 VND (and some playful razzing) is enforced. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Finding out about local events in Vietnam

Finding those local events around Hanoi or Saigon, or any other destination you might be travelling to in Vietnam is extra important if you want to experience true Vietnam culture. Many of the events that travellers like to find their way to are concerts, performances, art showings, sporting events, and networking events. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Fight back against pick-pockets

Every Friday afternoon as Hanoi’s Dong Xuan evening market begins to get set up those weekend-night-market-pickpockets start getting excited. This weekend lets ‘fight’ back. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Fascinating Sapa markets

Bac Ha market, Love market and more ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

FAQ: What is the process of planning & booking a tour with Footprint?

A frequently asked question (FAQs) we get here at Footprint is: What is the process of planning and booking a tour? Here is the answer: ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Exploring Vietnam: Choosing the Right Transportation

Vietnam features a range of terrain, from mountains, rice paddy fields and hills to sandy beaches, waterways and huge cities. Many travellers choose to start their journey in the capital of Hanoi and finish in Ho Chi Minh City, which is on the opposite end of the country. This journey provides the opportunity for travellers to experience a huge range of Vietnamese cultures. Often the most efficient way of travelling around the country is to use the same transport as the locals do – on two wheels. However, there are a huge number of options available for those wishing to see the country from every angle. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Embassies in Hanoi Capital

Today, we will continue giving you more useful information about embassies in Vietnam. This list is their addresses , telephone and fax numbers in Hanoi Capital. So you can check it in case of you want to come there. Wish you have a happy trip in our country. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Eco unique hotels in Vietnam

These accommodations might not fit to everyone’s taste and none of them are conventional hotels. From mountain lodge, beach bungalow to local home stay in the isolated corner of Vietnam, this is a good choice for adventurously minded traveler.. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Earth Hour 2014: Power Off, Future On at Footprint Travel

We are a small travel company but acting responsibly toward environment since our establishment in 2001, our practices starts right from our staff’s daily life to the bigger operation of Footprint Travel to different destinations and regions in Vietnam. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Do’s and Don’ts in Vietnam

Here is some general advice about Vietnam do’s and don’ts from Footprint Vietnam Travel. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Creativity Workshop for Footprint Staff

The Footprint travel consultants have been very busy over the last three weeks. To take a little pressure off the day, Footprint held a Creativity Workshop. The workshop, which took up most of the afternoon, was a colourful, fun way to work together to make Footprint that much better for our guests. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Coming back from trip to Ha Giang

Who has just come back from trip to Ha Giang? I am talking to blogger Thu Hien, a good Sales Executive and Receptionist in Footprint’s front office previously and now working in the Product Department. She has just spent a one-week familiarization trip to Ha Giang, her first visit there. We had a little conversation at break-time after lunch. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

CA TRU – one of the world’s treasures of traditional music

Last time, I got a chance to soak up in the rhythm of Ca Tru – one of the fragile, intangible cultural heritages of Vietnam by UNESCO. Ca Tru which dates back more than 1000 years was popular form of entertainment for wealthy people and royal court. Listening to Ca Tru can be challenging at first but once listened will linger on your mind. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Cat Ba island – Women’s Island

Vietnam owns many beautiful islands with great potentials for tourism, Cat Ba island is one of these. Cat Ba Island means “Women’s Island” (Cat meaning sandy and Ba meaning women), and it lies just right next to Ha Long Bay. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Cai Be Floating Market (Mekong) guidebook updates

Cai Be – a charming town which is only 2 hour drive by car from Saigon, makes it a much preferable tourist draw. It has long been famous with the floating market where visitors can soak up in the uproarious atmosphere of lively market. Unfortunately, Cai Be floating market is getting less bustling since the trade is shifting more to land-based market. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

Bia Hoi culture in Vietnam

Bia hoi: fresh and cheap and sometimes half decent, sometimes well… just fresh and cheap. Served straight from the metal kegs into distinct bia hoi glasses, it’s an iconic Vietnamese drink. ...READ MORE

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  • December 02, 2016

An Ultimate Guide To Souvenir Shopping In Vietnam (Part 2)

No matter where you travel to in Vietnam, a keen sense of adventure follows you everywhere you go. Whether you are crossing the road in Hanoi, joining on a culinary adventure in Hoian, or even shopping in the busy market and being enchanted by all the beautiful souvenirs. It’s full of the unexpected but we can be certain about one thing: you won’t return home without stock up on souvenirs to bring back home. ...READ MORE

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  • December 01, 2016

Christmas in Hanoi

Vietnamese might not traditionally celebrate Christmas, but driving or wandering the streets of Hanoi will leave one thinking that Santa Claus will soon be coming to town. There are many Christmas things for locals, expats, and visitors to take part in including midnight mass, Christmas dinners, and Christmas decorating. ...READ MORE

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  • December 01, 2016

Must Try Dishes in Central Vietnam

Istinct from the North and light tropical tastes from the South are the spicy and strongly-flavored dishes from Central Vietnam. The dishes are usually defined by Hue’s imperial food and few other popular cuisines from Hoi An. There is much more to discover food-wise in central Vietnam, take a look at our top 11 must try dishes down below! ...READ MORE

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  • December 01, 2016

6 Best Hanoi Dishes

In the Northern part of Vietnam there is a city where the cuisine is able to express itself the most out of it: Hanoi! Hanoi’s cuisine has become a unique cultural attraction for tourists visiting the city for the first time. All of the dishes have different scented flavors. ...READ MORE

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  • December 01, 2016

Home Hosted Dinner – Going In-Depth in Hanoi

Let us think about the things we are most excited about when travelling. Clearly, saying ‘everything’ doesn’t count, so let’s be a bit more specific. ...READ MORE

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  • December 01, 2016

Must Try Summer Street Food in Hanoi (Part 2)

Sweat trickles down your back as summer knocks at the door here in Hanoi. Nothing is sweeter for this kind of sweltering summer than a cold glass of “Chè”, tasty ice cream. Just to name a few. ...READ MORE

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  • December 01, 2016

8 Things to see/do in Thai Nguyen Tea Plantation

Tea drinking habits has long been rooted in many different parts of Vietnam. Unlike other neighbours with complicated disciplines and solemn tea ceremony, Vietnamese appreciate plain tea which shows the real beauty of tea and hardworking tea growers. Unflavored or unscented tea served with neither milk nor sugar can be easily found on the sidewalk in every parts in Vietnam. People sit on the tiny little chair facing the street while enjoying their cup of hot or iced tea having a chitchat or watching people passed by. ...READ MORE