Sustainable Tourism in Ha Giang, Vietnam

Boosting the ecotourism landscape with ethnic minority communities


Ha Giang is a mountainous province in Northern Vietnam that borders Yunnan, China. Due to it’s rough terrain and small mountain roads, tourism in Ha Giang has largely been stagnant. However, the breathtaking views of mountain valleys overlooking golden rice fields still draws adventure seekers all year round.


With the growing tourism industry in Vietnam, and acknowledging the success of the mountain town of Sapa, the District Government of Hoang Su Phi has reached out to Actxplorer to collaborate on improving the ecotourism landscape of the region.


Currently 6 potential local guides are on internships with Actxplorer Vietnam to improve their skills and English language proficiency. Future plans are in place to improve the local homestay capabilities and services.


Areas of work:

  • Sustainable tourism models in place to help preserve the natural landscape
  • Improving the skillset & hospitality of ethnic minority homestays
  • Training of local tour guides for future facilitation of ecotours
  • Marketing Ha Giang as a holiday destination for foreign visitors to Vietnam

WhatsApp Image 2018-03-02 at 11.32.11.jpegDiscussions with the district government

Partners involved in this project: 

  1. Actxplorer works with the homestay owners to build their capacity in hosting guests. We are also in the midst of conducting the training and assessment programs for the tour guide interns.
  2. ECO Singapore & S.E.A Leaders Network student leaders are planning a 15 day workshop for homestay owners to improve English proficiency and hospitality. They will also work on marketing Hoang Su Phi as an ecotourism destination that impacts the local communities.
  3. Hoang Su Phi Department of Tourism & Culture is the overseeing department for this project. Provides some funding for the training of the future guides.

This is an ongoing project