Local Community

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 ourprojects 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 Van Thiện

I’m the president of Thon Tha Responsible Tourism Cooperative. I’m an ethnic Tay person. I started to become a local tour guide in 2015 through YESD’s responsible tourism project. As a leader, I would like to change my village to be better and the villagers can earn more income to support their families. I will treat you by my heart even my English is still not perfect. 

Mrs Đựng

I am a friendly homestay host in Thon Tha village, Ha Giang. She works as a local senior artisan and is passionate about studying English. If my English is not easy for you to understand me, I can use google translate. 🙂 I can teach you how to make the Tay traditional embroidery and bamboo knitting if I have the chance. I accompany with YESD try to preserve our indigenous traditional cultures. 

Mrs Dượng

I’m so happy to get involve into YESD responsible tourism project in Thon Tha village. Living here nearly 50 years and making embroidery are my joys. Our traditional dress is black from top to toe except for the colorful belt. We are trying to preserve our traditional cultures by teaching young generation our handicraft techniques. 

Nguyan Duc Văn 

I started to learn English 4 years ago. It has brought great value to my life. Thanks to YESD, I had a chance to study English and tourism skills. I am a local guide and earn more money to support my small family. My English is still not really good but I will improve it day by day. The more you travel with YESD, the better my English will be. Your sincerely friend, tour guide 🙂 

Nguyen Van Lim

If you join a trekking tour in Ha Giang such as Ha Giang Trekker tour, I might escort you as a trekking guide. I was trained in English and tourism skills by YESD Social Enterprise. My English is very basic and simple, so being a tour guide that will improve my language skills. You are not only our distinguished customers, but also are my teachers. I will try my best to absorb all of new vocabularies and new things. See you in Ha Giang soon.

Nguyen Van Son

I am one of YESD’s tour guides in Ha Giang. As a child of Ha Giang beautiful land, I’m so proud of our traditional values and cultures. It’s so great to be a local guide, which gives me a chance to introduce my Ha Giang to not only local friends, but international visitors also. I want to earn money to support my family, then build a house for my mom in which we can open a homestay and spend happy moments together. The 2020 pandemic is a nightmare for all of us and we all hope it will be gone soon. When you visit my hometown, I’m happy to guide you around and bring you to the best “mother-home-cook” bistros. 

Hoang Van Ai

I was not born in Ha Giang, but because of my great predestination, I decided to settle down and work here. It was Ha Giang that I met and married my wife. I have a small family with a little son now, and work as an English tour guide that is my main work and financial source. I really hope that the covid virus will be removed soon so our life will come back to its normal. Ha Giang should be your must-visited destination in Vietnam. You will love this land as I do. 

Nguyen Van Hoa

I was used to be a disoriented boy and felt lost in my future career. Until I met V4D non-profit organization where I learnt English and then YESD where I could use my English to work as an English tour guide. Now I have a small family with a little boy and I love my job so much. This job gives me income that is not stable but not so bad. It shows my passion on tourism and pride of my ethnic cultures. 

Le Khanh Tung

I will escort you on Ha Giang motorbike or car tour very often if you travel with YESD. Luckily I and my wife both work in tourism industry so she sympathize with my absence when I’m on tour. I have worked with YESD for 3 years. I really like YESD’s working spirit when they care of the local communities, educate local people how to protect the environment or give local guides some medical and professional training courses. Wish all the best to come with our organization. See all of you soon after the pandemic.

Nguyen Van Quyen

2020 was an unexpected year for the whole world including us. The pandemic came and paused the tourism, which caused many of us: local guides, homestay owners, drivers jobless. With the invention of the covid-vaccine, we really wish to have a better year with brighter future for tourism. I just built up a homestay and hope to welcome guests in this Autumn. So happy to be a member of YESD. 

Giang Thi Chi

I’m Chi, a local guide in Sapa. I only finished my secondary school and learnt English from tourists when I followed them to sell my mom’s embroidery bracelets. I have worked as a tour guide for 10 years, mostly in Sapa. Thanks to the job, I earnt some and saved a bit for my small family with two daughters. Many of local youth could not afford to go to colleges, so tour guiding is our main job and an important source of our income. Thanks for travelling with YESD and choosing Sapa as your destination. 

Giang Thi Lam

I’m Lam, a local guide in Sapa. I love my guiding job a lot. Being a guide that brings me chances to meet international people and friends. I have never gone out of Vietnam, even out of the Northern Vietnam. So thanks to my lovely tourists, I can imagine how the outside looks like. This pandemic is so horrible that causes the whole world into troubles including me. I hope the world will come back to its normal soon and the tourism will be awesome again. See you in Sapa soon.