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Jin S.

My journey through Vietnam was not just a travel experience, but a transformative journey that reinforced my dedication to sustainable travel

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Jin S.


I'm Jin S., a globe-trotter devoted to sustainable travel. Recently, I journeyed through Vietnam, traveling mainly by train, reveling in the country's diverse landscapes. I chose local homestays over hotels, immersing myself in the local culture and economy. Savouring fresh, organically grown meals at local eateries, I got a taste of authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Adhering to the 'leave no trace' principle, I respected the natural beauty of Hanoi's streets and Halong Bay's waters. This transformative journey reaffirmed my dedication to sustainable travel.


1. Train Travels: To minimize my carbon footprint while soaking in the picturesque views, I chose to travel mostly by train. This turned out to be an adventure in itself as I passed by endless rice fields, towering mountains, and coastal lines.

2. Local Homestays: Instead of opting for hotels, I stayed in local homestays. This was a wonderful way to learn about the local culture and traditions directly from my gracious hosts. It also allowed me to invest directly in the local economy.

3. Farm-to-Table Cuisine: Vietnam is celebrated for its farm-to-table cuisine. I made it a point to savor meals at local eateries, enjoying fresh, organically grown ingredients. This didn't just reduce food miles, but also gave me a taste of authentic Vietnamese culinary delights.

4. Respect for Nature: Whether I was exploring the vibrant streets of Hanoi, or the serene waters of Halong Bay, I adhered to the principle of 'leave no trace.' I was careful to keep these incredible sites pristine, carrying any waste with me.

My journey through Vietnam was not just a travel experience, but a transformative journey that reinforced my dedication to sustainable travel. I'm thrilled to share my story on EcoTravelPal, a platform that aligns with my values, and hope that my experiences inspire others to make mindful travel choices.

Recommended Markets:

Organik House (Ho Chi Minh City): A small market that sells a variety of organic products, from fruits and vegetables to honey and dairy products.

Organik Da Lat (Da Lat): This is both a farm and a shop that sells organic produce. Da Lat is known as the "vegetable garden" of Vietnam and is a source of many of the country's vegetables.

Saigon Organic (Ho Chi Minh City): They supply certified organic and chemical-free vegetables, herbs, spices, and more.

Hanoi Organic (Hanoi): An organic food shop that sources locally grown produce to support local farmers.

Vietnam Farmers' Union (Nationwide): While not a farmers' market in the traditional sense, this organization supports agricultural workers and could provide resources or connections for finding local, organic produce.

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