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Ethos - Spirit of the Community

Sapa, Vietnam
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About Ethos - Spirit of the Community
ETHOS are an ethical Social Enterprise that strive to offer experiential adventures. Our aim is to facilitate conscientious travellers in creating unique adventures whilst supporting local minority tribal people in helping themselves. The experiences are made by you and enhanced by our team of local guides who will use their vast knowledge and skills to support you in finding something special in the Sapa area. ETHOS tours create a regular and reliable source of income and also for our team and also provide the financial means through which we can implement a wider selection of projects within our community. From human trafficking awareness classes to support with health and literacy, our work is varied and much needed. All of this helps to foster a strong team spirit that we hope you will feel when you visit Sapa with us.
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We are an award winning Social impact organisation with a long track record of supporting ethnic minority communities by empowerment through sustainable, ethical tourism. We are proud to feature in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame after maintaining our position as the top tour provider in our region for over five years. Our aims and objectives are to provide experiential, cultural opportunities for visitors to Sapa, but we also care for the natural environment, our growing guide team, and the local communities in which we work. ETHOS constantly strive to improve our operations and services through self-evaluation, innovation & creativity. As well as tours, our community leadership team run regular human trafficking awareness and prevention workshops. Our guides are also pivotal in a wide range of dynamic community education, healthcare, hygiene & sanitation projects. Our tours are now supporting 49 families across 19 villages in four provinces. We also have 26 ongoing development projects
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Ann wrote a review Mar 2021
Hanoi, Vietnam1 contribution1 helpful vote
Two years ago, I came across ETHOS' work via Facebook when I started my human trafficking awareness project and since, they have helped us immensely. Without insights from Phil, Hoa, and Cha, our project would never have taken off, so meeting them earlier this March was incredible. On our first day, we watched two teenage girls, Cha and Lily, lead a health and hygiene workshop for fellow H’mong children, many of whom had never been taught to brush their teeth. On the second day, two tour guides, My and Ker, welcomed us to their home and shared a meal with us. Not only did these women lead us with the greatest care, kindness, and enthusiasm, but they also shared their stories and showed their strength earnestly – something I will never forget. This trip has been transformational as ETHOS allowed me to immerse myself in an authentic Sapa. Their work with uplifting the ethnic minorities in Sapa is incredibly admirable and inspirational. I hope to visit them again in the future!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Megan P wrote a review Mar 2021
Byron Bay, Australia18 contributions4 helpful votes
AMAZING!!! The work these people have done and continue to do within the Ethic Minority communities in North Vietnam is really inspiring. The trips are organised with the utmost care for the people, communities and the environment in mind. They offer experiences that most people can only dream about. I’ve personally been on several trips with the Ethos team and I’ve loved every second of every trip. If you’re up in SaPa or the North in general I highly recommend contacting them if you want a real, fun, informative and adventurous trip.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Ha Tran wrote a review Mar 2021
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We had a great 2-day trip following May Lai to hike through the beautiful villages and mountains of the Ta Phin area. She has a great home with beautiful children. We had a lot of fun with them in the evening. We went during a foggy time so the view was not so clear at times, but May Lai has helped us to enjoy our hike whatsoever due to her wealth of knowledge on the different species of herbs and trees. We also followed her into the garden to pick up Dao leaves and herbs for our herbal bath in the evening. Our chat with ETHOS staff prior and after the trip has also been a highlight because it gives us a glimpse into how much the people behind the scene are trying their best everyday to revive and bring the culture of ethnic people closer to outsiders. This trip has been a comfort to us as it shows that an authentic Sapa still exists behind the curtain, that what is happening in Sapa town will not change the authenticity of Vietnamese ethnics.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Chi N wrote a review Mar 2021
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We already talk about another trip to Sapa with Ethos in another type of weather. May Lai, our tour guide was incredibly welcoming, kind and insightful. I learnt a lot about plants and her community. But the most fun part was playing with her kids and nephews. Who doesn't want to get back to the childhood and play games.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Linh Nguyen wrote a review Jan 2021
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I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Sa Pa! This is a great opportunity to look at Sa Pa from a whole different perspective. We had an amazing time with our tour guides Ker and My - they helped us through the difficult points in the trekking route and provided great insights about the region and the people. The local people were absolutely friendly as well; we had a wonderful time having lunch with the tour guides' families. Overall, the trip was an unforgettable experience!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from SapaPhil, Public Relations Manager at Ethos - Spirit of the Community
Responded Feb 13, 2021
Thanks for your great review. Here at ETHOS, we pride ourselves on creating bespoke experiences in areas that are both quiet and tradition. In order to fully immerse yourself in local culture, it is important to get guides who are knowledgeable about traditions. We are glad that you felt Ker and My are such people. We understand that the Sapa terrain is both changeable and feel that adjusting routes helps to make any experience as genuine and enjoyable as possible. On behalf of our entire team, thanks for choosing us.
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