We work together to build and strengthen the capacity of local ethnic minorities, small business owners, village governments, and communities as a whole. 

We are honoured to be selected as a finalist for the 2015 Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Award for Most Inspiring Responsible Tourism Initiative! 

We would like to send our congratulations to all of the other entries and finalists. It is truly an honour to be a part of this group of people and organizations working hard to create a better form of tourism in Asia and beyond. Read more about the awards and finalists here.

The PATA Foundation and Capilano University have partnered for a second time in an effort to deliver tourism training to two villages – Taphin and Lao Chai - in the Sapa region of Northern Vietnam.

In August 2012, a new two-year project built off a previous two-year project from 2010 that saw Capilano University volunteer faculty, students, and alumni working with Hanoi Open University faculty and students on programs that built and strengthened the capacity of the local ethnic minorities, small business owners, village government, and communities as a whole.

The project has aimed to enhance training in the Hmong community of Lao Chai. Additionally, a program has been developed with the Red Dao community in Taphin in order to foster relationships between the private sector and the community members. In order to see true sustainability, the project hopes to withdraw and allow the Red Dao community to develop and maintain these relationships on their own. Both projects focus on working with village youth, women and community leaders to find proactive solutions and mitigate the harmful impacts that tourism can bring.

This site also provides travellers and tourists to the Sapa region with relevant travel information on possible options for trekking tours, in addition to a Sapa travel forum. For more information about the homestays in Sapa, please visit the new Homestays page. Additionally, travellers should check out the Resources in order to learn more about responsible, sustainable tourism that is the heart and soul of this project.



Find out about the dedicated faculty and volunteers that have supported this project, along with project history and goals.

Travelling to Sapa? Find out more about the region and the surrounding villages. Additionally, there are resources about travelling to Vietnam.


In September 2014, Capilano University and the CBT Vietnam Project were awarded the 2014 PATA GRAND AWARD for Education and Training. We are all incredibly honoured and share this accolade with so many individuals, communities and organizations. Thank you to everyone who has been involved with the project from its inception.