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The ethical Lak Lake village tour

This tour offers a glimpse into traditional M’nong village life on the shores of Lak Lake, where locals live in wooden longhouses…

By Siobhan Henderson
Programme Manager for Alfred&

This tour offers a glimpse into traditional M’nong village life on the shores of Lak Lake, where locals live in wooden longhouses and practise traditional farming, fishing and pottery. Lak is nestled in the rolling central highlands of Vietnam and is the region’s largest lake, surrounded by thick, primeval forests. This is an area rarely visited by tourists but while staying at Lak Tented Camp, I got the chance to visit Yao Tao Village with a local guide, Son.

Son introduced us to H Jok Bkrong, the matriarch of a local family who all live in a communal wooden longhouse on the banks of the lake. It was fascinating to learn how they make a living running a cacao and avocado plantation. Next, we got to meet a lady who makes intricate pottery from dark river clay, which sadly, is a dying art, because younger generations are moving off to the big cities.

Lak Camp buys all these pottery and farming products, so there isn’t pressure for you to purchase anything on the tour, you simply get to meet villagers and learn about their lives. I was also impressed by the library the camp had built; kids get a bottle of milk every time they visit, which is a big deal since most of them work in the fields all day.


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Alfred & Siobhan Henderson

Siobhan has been with Kuoni for over 11 years and is passionate about all things travel, particularly when it comes to South East Asia. Having travelled the region extensively, from Cambodia  to Japan, Vietnam and many countries in between, Siobhan now shares her expert knowledge of the region as the Alfred& Programme Manager. One of Siobhan’s most memorable travel moments was reaching the top of Heaven’s Gate while leading a charity trek to the Great Wall of China in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Siobhan Henderson


Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Pam, who's travelled extensively in Vietnam. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember – the vespa rider who’ll whizz you round HCMC for a unique foodie tour, the guide who’ll take you fishing with locals at Chuon Lagoon and the ranger who’ll guide you to golden-cheeked gibbons to hear their dawn duets.

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