National parks and preserved areas.
From the far north to the tropical south, the mountains and coasts of Vietnam twist and curve, spanning over 1600km and 14 degrees of latitude, making for an unbelievably diverse geography. Our national parks exist to conserve these natural environments for the sake of biodiversity and for future generations. Vietnam has an incredible wealth of natural treasures, but is also facing many complex challenges to conserve plant and animal species.
Whether you want to see some of the rarest primates in the world, trek through lush forests, or watch tropical birds dance in the trees, Handspan offers you a chance to not only see, but to learn about the scientific and social issues involved in preserving them. Choose a tour that’s right for you and step respectfully into some of the rarest and most fragile ecologies on Earth.
Located 160km south of Ha Noi, Cuc Phuong National Park is home to rare and endangered mammals including: leopards, langurs, birds and butterflies. The park is also well known for its Endangered Primate Rescue Center that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation of the endangered primates in Vietnam
Ba Be conjures images of lush forests, sparkling deep lakes resplendent with glimmering fish, mysterious caves and the cloud-capped limestone mountains standing as guardians to a hidden natural kingdom. This trip takes you deep into Ba Be National Park. With simplicity and humility, let’s meet the Queen and her extremely hospitable subjects who are eager to share their natural and cultural heritage.
This wonderful itinerary takes you over the Tram Ton (Heaven's Gate) Pass to explore the far side of Mt. Fansipan and the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. Often, when Sapa is shrouded in clouds and fog, this side is clear and blue. Descend through one of Vietnam's most picturesque and awe-inspiring valleys. The occasionally rocky road meanders along the base of the mountain range past old growth forest and through the villages of Thai, H'Mong and Lu ethnic minority people. This area sees few tourists, so expect plenty of curious faces and smiling children shouting "Hello!"
The North East mountainous areas of Ba Be Lake, Cao Bang offer breathtaking views and interesting subcultures. It is the least travelled area of the North and attracts hardier travellers craving a glimpse of some of the more remote ethnic minority people.
This is a Handspan-exclusive trip to discover and tread lightly in a very pristine area. We're talking about an untouched secret garden inhabited by the Muong people. The deep roots of their ethnic culture and their isolated location have contributed to the preservation of what is a cultural and natural treasure. This is what Handspan is all about: using responsible tourism to promote sustainability according to the priorities of the locals themselves. While it is essential to preserve the treasures here, it is also important to help the community to improve their (very poor) living conditions. Finding this balance is the challenge that we chose to face in partnership with an NGO in charge of nature conservation and livelihood improvement in the reserve. Get ready for a very special tour... Read More
Chambok is a community-based tourism site located in the buffer zone of Kirirom National Park. Kirirom lies in a beautiful mountainous area of pine forests and waterfalls. This is an easy day tour spent discovering beautiful natural scenery which also provides sustainable economic support for a rural community.
A Handspan-exclusive trip to discover some very pristine areas of the North. We're taking you on strolls through the 1000 year-old history of Hanoi, scenic trails through an untouched secret valley inhabited by the Muong people, and cruising through the globe's largest and loveliest karst formations in the World Heritage Halong Bay. We're living up to the principles of responsible tourism by working in partnership with an NGO that promotes nature conservation and livelihood improvement in the Ngoc Son Nature Reserve. We then explore the least visited part of Halong Bay and kayak through the lush lagoons with a private overnight ship anchorage in an incredible and secluded spot. Get ready for a very special and unforgettable journey.
Koh Kong Island is the largest in Cambodia. The west coast is flanked by beautiful white sand beaches, and the island is becoming an increasingly popular gateway to Cambodia for overland travelers. It is also emerging as a new centre for ecotourism, with several protected areas and community tourism projects now established in the area. Waterfalls, mangroves, wooded groves, and diverse bird and marine life are all easily seen here.
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