- Sapa, Northern Vietnam
Sapa is no secret to the tourists in Vietnam, with thousands of tourists coming every month for trekking through the stunning vistas, soaring mountains shrouded in mist, or the colorful embroidery from 54 distinct ethnic minority groups. But many tour operators take advantage of their minority guides, paying them basically nothing.
In June 2013 Sapa O'Chau became the first and only trekking company owned and run by minorities recognized by the Vietnamese government. Their business plan is quite sustainable: profits from their trekking services go to support 35 students for additional English and vocational skills classes, plus scholarships for minority students to attend university.
Don't miss the breathtaking panoramas of northern Vietnam. But do it in a way that allows your money to help where it's most needed, enabling the preservation of local culture and improving employment opportunities for ethnic minorities in Vietnam.