Local Guides

With the support from YESD, a foundation and social enterprise for community development. We have carried out tourism projects in remote areas in Ha Giang since 2014. Follow our projects at http://www.hagiangresponsibletourism.com to see how our projects are changing local lives. These are Tay ethnic people who are poor farmers, woodmen, fishermen and can not speak English. They have a strong desire to improve their life when many international tourists come to visit their beautiful village.



Nguyen Duc Van


Văn was born in the Tay village in Ha Giang in 1984. He has lived his entire life in the village and knows all the best places. He has great knowledge of all ritual activities and ancient culture. It will be a pleasure for him to show you his village and the surrounding areas. With his sense of humor you are sure to have a good time. Even though his English is limited, tourists understand what he wants to say by his funny body language. Mr Van provides Ha Giang Motorbike tours and Dong Van Loop Motorbike tours.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, child

Nguyen Van Thien

Thiện is the president of Thon Tha Responsible Tourism Cooperative. This kind man was born in 1984 in Ha Giang, he is an ethnic Tay. He had a tough childhood under poverty and war. Then, he joined the Vietnamese army and became a member of the Communist party. Overcoming many difficulties, he is one of the model leaders in the village. Now he is an English local guide -one language that he never thought he could learn. Mr Thien provides Ha Giang Trekking Tours and Ha Giang Motorbike Tours.


Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, closeup

Nguyen Van Lim

Lim is an English lover. His English was very basic but always worked to learn this global language when there were English speakers in Ha Giang. When Thon Tha Responsible Tourism was established, Lim joined in our evening English class. You can see him with red T-shirt in our Tourism class in the photo.


Image may contain: 1 person, standing, mountain, outdoor and nature

Nguyen Van Son

Son the guide is amazing. He spoke very good English, will made you feel at ease, ensure that your safety was taken seriously and explained everything to me. He would take you to spots that not many others were able to get too, especially if they were inexperienced drivers driving themselves – this allowed for amazing pictures.



Giang Thi Lam

Lam is a Black H’Mong local guide in Sapa. She speaks excellent English even though she does not know how to read and write both English and Vietnamese. She started to study English from tourists in Sapa since her childhood. Now she is a local guide with over 7 years of touring experience. She is working so she can afford to send her children to school. She is a friendly and hard-working guide.


Giang Thi Say is one of YESD’s local guides in Sapa. She has taken care of her 7 siblings since her parents passed away when she was 10 years old. She has worked as an English local guide for 2 years. With her enthusiasm and knowledge you will travel like a real local. 

Giang Thi Chi  has over 8 years of tour guiding experience not only in Sapa but also throughout Northern Vietnam. She recently finished primary school because she was always too busy selling bracelets in order to support her family. Now she has her own family and wishes to support tourist homestays so she can afford school for her future baby. She is a great guide.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, sitting, eating, child, food and outdoor

Mai Thi Thu Trang

Trang is our tour guide leader. She is full of energy with nearly 4 years experience as a tour guide in Northern Vietnam and over 1 year as a project assistant for a non-govermental organization in Ha Giang. Trang is now a tourism trainer in YESD. We are sure you will have a great day with her.