Vietnam is best known for beautiful beaches along its S-shaped coastline, tranquil old quarters with a mixture of French and Chinese culture, and historical sites across the three regions of the country. But Vietnam has so much more to offer students once they’ve finished exploring those famous sites, like getting off the beaten track and trekking through the mountainous area of Pu Luong in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam.
Stretching from Mai Chau in the northwest to Cuc Phuong National park in southeast Vietnam, Pu Luong is blessed with tropical dense forests, limestone scenery as well as spectacular rice terrace views. The 17,662 ha nature reserve is also home to Muong and Thai ethnic minority people. Trekking through Pu Luong, gives students the chance to experience local people’s daily and participate in local cultural activities.
A trek in Pu Luong can be tailored to you and your students’ preference; from 1 day to 4 days through several small villages such as Kho Muong, Don, Du or Hieu. Be sure to pack good hiking shoes or trainers, bottles for refilling water and most importantly, a camera as you’ll definitely do not want to miss any of Pu Luong’s spectacular views of green mountains, paddy fields, natural streams, peaceful villages and ethnic people in traditional costumes.
When trekking in Pu Luong, you and your students will be able to interact with local people and will be assisted by a local tour-guide, stay in local homestays and have traditional meals in ethnic people’s way. All of these responsible tourism activities directly contribute to the community and improve local economy.
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To assist in the community’s development, many student groups come to this area to work with the local families and tradesmen to build kitchens, toilets and bathrooms. The aim is to improve living standards and sanitation in this community. Not only does GROUND Asia try to create valuable learning experiences, but we also try to help the students embrace the culture by cultural activities.
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Cocoa garden in Phong Dien district, Can Tho city is one of the must-see destinations for visitors in Can Tho. It is famous not only for various kinds of Southern fruits and cocoa gardens but also for products made manually from cocoa.
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Nowadays, it’s not surprising if you visit an English class and see a Vietnamese four-year-old little girl crying and moaning “Mom” in the classroom. Vietnamese parents gradually tend to encourage their kids to learn English when they are just small. English, an international language, is considered a compulsory subject at school in Vietnam. So, why is learning English these days so crucial for children?
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GROUND Asia partners with communities across Asia to assist in their sustainable development. The communities we work with are our clients. To meet their expectations, we empower them through mutually beneficial programs to ensure their development needs come first.