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“A great and rewarding alternative to traditional tourism operations in VIetnam”

Bloom Microventures
Ranked #31 of 88 Sights & Landmarks in Hanoi
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Owner description: Bloom Microventures is a non-profit social business (registered UK charity) providing microcredit to entrepreneurs living below the poverty line in developing countries using a unique model that harnesses the power of responsible tourism with microcredit to alleviate poverty.Bloom Microventures offers unique and authentic day tours to the rural countryside of Soc Son, just 40km north of Hanoi, that give you a chance to explore a side of Vietnam very few tourists will ever experience while making a major difference to the lives of local Vietnamese farmers. The tour will include actively engaging in and learning about community development by providing a microloan to a woman we are going to meet, a traditional lunch and a selection of the following activities: learning about and even trying rice and tomato farming, a bicycle ride through the countryside, a walk through the beautiful forests, trying your hand at traditional fishing, visiting the location of a mystical historical legend and exploring a temple complex!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 28 June 2011

I went on a Bloom Microventures Day Tour to Soc Son.

This gave me the unique opportunity to meet rural folks, see a beautiful landscape, enjoy a traditional Vietnamese meal, and spend it in the company of socially-conscious tourists. The idea of combining responsible tourism and micro-finance is exceptionally innovative and engaging. Seeing micro-finance in action was personally rewarding, especially considering, that we met the borrower who would directly benefit from the loan.

It was obvious that the Bloom staff is greatly engaged with their borrowers which goes above and beyond how typical micro-finance institutes operate. The Bloom staff was exceptionally friendly and professional.

Please do yourself a favor (and the borrowers) and make the time during your travels to go on a tour! It's worth it.

1  Thank connorjmcd
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Reviewed 9 June 2011

If you're in Hanoi for holiday or work,this is the most authentic and enriching tour you can choose-the experience will really be something to write home about! I easily booked a tour with the enthusiastic and friendly Bloom Team,and the whole day was a wonderful,fun filled adventure,from start to finish. What a great memory to cherish-knowing part of my tour fee went to improving the livelihood of a sub-poor family. I am grateful to have been part of this tour-thank you Bloom Team!

Thank Beauworks
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

I really enjoyed the trip organised by Bloom Microventures. The tour guides were really helpful in explaining the purpose of their unique tour offering - the money spent to get on the tour is lent to poor borrowers to help them become self-sufficient. On the tour we saw how the 'micro-finance' money helped poor women send their children to school or buy livestock in order to live. The borrowers were very hospitable, and it was an honor to be welcomed to their houses and learn about their lives. I've never been on a tour that showed such a different side to Vietnam than the normal tourist attractions!

The tour was full of interesting activities, such as fishing, going to rice paddies, swimming in a lake and watching a festival for children at a local school in the evening. Great local home-cooked food was served, and the countryside was beautiful.

All in all a great tour- really interesting with excellent tour guides and if you want to head off the beaten path and learn about the real Vietnam, I highly recommend it.

1  Thank AshleyButler
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Reviewed 24 May 2011

Was a very enjoyable experience. Fun and informative. Run by really nice people. Would recommend it to anyone.

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Reviewed 25 February 2016
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