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Posts Tagged ‘Hanoi’

Microfinance Tourism: How to Turn Travel Cash into Microcredits

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 January 2013

What is poverty? To Mohammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi father of microfinance and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, poverty is the lack of control over capital. His answer to poverty is to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of the poor through low-interest microloans, mostly to women. Today, anyone can join the microfinance movement and offer capital to the poor through crowdfunding sites like the Geotourism Development Foundation or Kiva. Travellers can now also connect with borrowers in person through innovative microfinance tours.

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Video Spotlight: Hanoi in Slow Motion, Vietnam

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 19 October 2012

This week’s video spotlight is a beautiful video portrait of what you find when you look beyond the plain facts about a destination and its major tourist attractions. The little visions are both inspiring and wonderfully revealing about the local life in Hanoi, Vietnam’s political centre and a prime tourist spot.

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Our Favourite Farmers’ Markets from Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 18 September 2012

To culminate our agritourism theme, The Travel Word asked everyone in the WHL Group network about their favourite farmers’ markets. The answers we received are as varied as the places they identify, but they all have some common roots: shoppers and vendors love to meet locally to exchange their fresh goods in the open air. Which one of these is most like the farmers’ market where you live?

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Experiencing the World with All Five Senses

  • WHL Group
  • 25 July 2012

To dig deeper into the concept of ‘experiential travel,’ we asked the WHL Group’s partners – local travel experts from around the globe – to tell us how life feels in their destinations. We asked them to get sensory about it. Find out which of the five senses is most heightened when you open your eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hands in a new place.

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Our Favourite Landscapes from Around the World

  • whl.travel
  • 23 April 2012

“Where’s the place you feel most at home in nature?” This is the question we posed to our network of local travel experts all around the world. They came back with responses about incredible landscapes that make their corners of the earth special. We’ve compiled their thoughts about some of the best landscapes from around the world.

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The Ancient Capital of Hanoi, Vietnam, Joins whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 23 March 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND VIETNAMESE. Over 1,000 years after it was first established, Hanoi remains one of Vietnam’s most important cities. Not only is it Vietnam’s political capital, it is also at the heart of the nation’s centuries-old history and cultural heritage. A fine blend of East and West, Hanoi exhibits traces of the centuries under Chinese influence and decades of French colonialism, both still evident in the architecture, cuisine, language and people.

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Learning Slow Travel Through the Eye of Time Lapse

  • WHL Group
  • 13 February 2012

There are lessons to be learned from time-lapse photography about the beauty of slow travel. Park yourself somewhere and stay awhile. Be still. Go for long exposure. Reconsider time, stretch it, condense it and watch its flow. Leave a place with a long time-lapse memory of it rather than a handful of sporadic snapshot seconds. Here, we’ve asked our local partners from all over the world for time-lapse footage that moves them.

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Bloom Microventures Microfinance Tours Lift Women out of Poverty in Soc Son, Vietnam

  • Anja Lorscher
  • 12 October 2011

In Vietnam, Bloom Microventures combines tourism with microfinance in an extremely innovative manner: Bloom’s unique model of cross-subsidising microfinance operations with income generated through tourism enables the organisation to have a far greater social impact. By meeting the borrowers on a tour, we see clearly just how very successful Bloom’s program has been in lifting some of the poorest women in Vietnam out of poverty.

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Real Gunyah-Style Local Travel Experiences

  • Luke Ford
  • 18 February 2011

In light of Responsible Travel Week 2011, we at Gunyah – specialists in short-duration experiential packages for independent travellers eager to connect with local people – have selected our favourite local travel experiences… in Argentina, Vietnam, Nepal, Australia, Zambia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. We want to inspire travellers to seek out more meaningful travel experiences, the kinds that can only come through real contact with locals and genuine enjoyment of local culture and tradition.

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1000 Years in the Making: Hanoi Celebrates Its Millennium

  • Ashley Hiemenz
  • 2 October 2010

As if Hanoi traffic isn’t already something to talk about, people from around the world are gathering here to join in a spectacular 10-day celebration of Hanoi’s 1000th birthday. With the major roads in the centre of the city closed, Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly street party, with artistic displays, stages, concerts and festivities throughout the city.

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