How to Become A Responsible Traveller? | MỘC CHÂU | SUSTAINABLE TOURISM | #WHATTHEPHO

Vietnam travel: How to Become A Responsible Traveller? | MỘC CHÂU | SUSTAINABLE TOURISM | #WHATTHEPHO

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My visit to Moc Chau allowed me to experience community-based tourism firsthand. I had a chance to collaborate with an NGO to help promote sustainable tourism and support minority groups in Moc Chau. Moc Chau is about 200km northwest of Hanoi and is an incredible plateau with majestic waterfalls, magnificent green tea hills, and beautiful flowers. If you want to see the heavenly scenery of white plum flowers, you should visit Moc Chau at the end of January and the beginning of February.

In the high mountains, they build houses on stilts, called Nha Santo to mitigate damage from the harsh weather and avoid wild animals. Staying in Nha San was such a unique experience. I don’t need a fancy air conditioner because I could feel the fresh and cool mountain air. I don’t need a 4K TV because I can observe the charming scenery with clouds drifting through the window. Everything looked so dreamy and peaceful there!

White and Black Thai people are the biggest ethnic groups in this region. They’re known for their stunning costumes and colorful scarves. The local showed me how to make a traditional scarf called Khan Pieu. As Thai women, they were taught by their mothers how to weave and embroider Khan Pieu; so when they get married, the scarf will be given to their parents-in-law as a gift to show respect. It takes about two to four weeks to complete a scarf, and each Khan Pieu tells a different story through its patterns and colors.

The hosts were friendly and helpful. They gave me opportunities to fully embrace their culture. I had a chance to participate in many agricultural activities such as picking plums, planting rice, and harvesting strawberries. These experiences really changed my views about food and where it comes from. I realized that every grain of rice that I have every day contains so much love and hard work from the farmers.

Thanks to the trip, I learned that I’m terrible at walking on stilts. Have you ever tried it before? It’s harder than it looks, I swear. There was one kid telling me not to try it because he was afraid I would lose my front tooth like he did last month, but he showed me anyway. Playing with the kids, teaching them English, and taking pictures with them were my favorite moments throughout the trip. I found peace whenever I looked at their innocent eyes and their beautiful smiles. I feel like a kid again!

The highlight of this trip was cooking with the local people. I was impressed by how simple ingredients can make such delicious unique dishes like these. While cooking, I learned a new word for taro stems in Thai, it sounds pretty similar to an English expression.

After dinner, I got to wear the traditional clothes and immersed myself in their cultural dances. Cong chieng dance is usually performed to wish for a prosperous new year in Muong culture. Dao people have unique bell dancing around fire rituals to pay tribute to their ancestors. Bamboo dancing is not only popular in Thai culture, but also in other northwestern tribes of Vietnam. The dances bring people from different ethnic groups closer. It’s great to see them sharing cultures, dancing, and laughing together.

Unfortunately, these traditions are fading away due to the rise of globalization. One of the ways to help minority groups revive and preserve their culture is to become responsible travelers. That means understanding local cultures, supporting the local economy by purchasing local goods, and practicing an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
By doing so, we help minority groups increase their income, which can help them access education and healthcare, and empower local communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

I know it’s hard to directly support minority groups in this challenging time. However, digital media has played an important role in cultural heritage preservation. If you can’t travel, share this video to raise awareness about sustainable tourism, connect with me on my social media to create a community, subscribe to my channel to follow my journey, and together, we can preserve cultural heritage which can be passed onto future generations

I decided to become a responsible traveler, how about you?

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28 Responses to "How to Become A Responsible Traveller? | MỘC CHÂU | SUSTAINABLE TOURISM | #WHATTHEPHO"

  1. This is your best video from the quality of the footage to the quality of the message.
    When we lived in Ha Noi a friend took us to Lam Binh for a few days. Loooong drive and no tourist infrastructure.
    The only thing to do was learn about life in the valley without interrupting people (and some rice wine fuelled karaoke at night).
    My son chased dragon flies, caught frogs, raced sticks down mountain streams and played games with the children.
    Besides distracting the kids from their chores, the only impact we had was what we spent at the street stalls and homestays.
    We are visiting friends in Ha Noi next year and we will try to get up to moc chau and mai chau.

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  2. Im addicted to you channel. This video resonates w me so much. I can’t wait to come and visit the Hmong people fr the North and live a day in their lives.

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  3. I learned many good things through your videos. I love the way you discover the culture of regions in Vietnam. I can't explain but indeed you inspired me a lot. Hope you succeed with your goal of spreading Vietnam's culture

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  4. Accidentally bought a cup of coffee in the wrong currency, but maybe the bonus will be more than what the coffee-co scrapes off the cream ? 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo6jOxGXgMM

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  5. My wife, who is from Hai Phong, and I enjoy your videos so much. I can’t wait for our next trip to Vietnam. You have shown me places my wife tries to tell me about, but now we have your videos to help tell me about Vietnam

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  6. 🙏❤️🙏 👩🏻 💕 🌱🌷🌱 beautiful VietNam 🇻🇳
    Thank you very very much for making this beautiful country
    Great ,Great again & again 🙏👩🏻🙏. 💕

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  7. Hello there, I stumbled over your channel a few days ago and have been watching all your videos. This is my favorite one so far. You are so wise beyond your years. I’m very impressed. You will make someone a great wife one day.

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  8. Cultural heritage is central to protecting our sense of who we are. Van, it's remarkable that u r raising public awareness in these issue through ur channels. Good job 👍. Best wishes.

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