Hanoi’s Little Ambassadors promote the capital’s tourism

20-year-old student Nghiem Ngoc Anh excitedly took a group of foreigners to visit guom (Sword) Lake, showed them Turtle Tower, a strange structure in the middle of the lake, and told them the story of why they got their name.

The second-year student at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam believes that she not only represents Hanoi Free Private Tour Guides Group (HNFTG), but also acts as Hanoi’s tourism and cultural ambassador.

In 2015, a group of Hanoi students founded Hanoi Free Private Tour Guides (HNFTG) with the desire to improve their English communication skills, deepen their historical knowledge and serve as goodwill ambassadors of Vietnamese culture and history to tourists from all over the world. world. The club operates under the motto “Little Ambassadors of Hanoi”.

Club members organize tours of Hanoi’s famous tourist attractions and share the historical significance of each location.

The club has over 2000 active members after nearly 8 years.

The unique aspect of HNFTG lies in their strict policy of only accepting small groups of tourists, ensuring that the tour is of the highest quality and that there is maximum interaction between visitors and volunteers. This also ensures the privacy of the visitors.

Depending on each tourist’s specific preferences, these people are ready to accompany them on an unforgettable journey through the bustling streets of Hanoi, where they can experience the authentic lifestyle of the city’s people and indulge in the rich street food culture.

Club members are expected to maintain a high level of professionalism and to achieve this they will go through an extensive training program which will last for a period of 5 to 7 months. The training courses will include approximately 15 practical sessions. During this event, members will be able to gain valuable knowledge and insight into the cultural history of Vietnam as a whole, as well as popular tourist destinations in the beautiful city of Hanoi. The ultimate goal of this knowledge is to be able to show it to tourists visiting the area, providing them with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the country and its rich history.

During these lessons, new members will be divided into small groups to practice simulating taking foreign tourists to famous places. At the end of the session, the new member will make an evaluation report.

28-year-old Tran Van Khoi leads over 30 tours and gains English skills and positive ideas from tourists. Khoi understand more about the lives of tourists, making cultural and historical exchange easier than ever.

“HNFTGs helps young people who love English learn more about different cultures and become more confident in connecting Vietnam with international friends,” said Khoi.

HNFTG have done a good job as ambassadors for the capital. They brought the knowledge of Hanoi’s culture and history closer to foreign tourists with a spirit of charity and hospitality.

As a member of the club for 6 months, Nghiem Ngoc Anh believes that he contributes to promoting the beautiful images of Hanoi among international tourists.

“We have personal experiences that we can serve as a bridge to bring the culture, history and beauty of Vietnam closer to tourists from other countries. In addition, during each trip, we strive to create a sense of friendship with our companions, which allows us to exchange thoughts about life and creates an intimate atmosphere for our visitors,” said Nghiem Ngoc Anh.

HNFTG have received many excellent reviews on travel websites such as Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor. This has helped the club to have more international tourists choosing to use the service. The guides in Hanoi are friendly and know a lot about the history, culture and scenery. They will share their own experiences with visitors.

“Although they were not paid, the students were very enthusiastic and friendly teachers and brought me a lot of useful knowledge,” said Shanin Nasser, a foreign tourist, adding that it was very admirable how the students spent their free time to teach others about History of Vietnam.

“I’m so thankful for this $0 trip because I learned a lot of things I thought I couldn’t find on my own. It’s great to be able to meet dynamic young people to learn more about Hanoi from their perspective,” said Shanin Nasser.

Yaprak Gulesonmez, a German tourist who has traveled to many countries around the world, was very impressed when she visited Hanoi. Yaprak learned about Vietnamese culture, history and people through HNFTGs club activities.

“I understand more about the history and culture of Vietnam after visiting famous places. I absolutely love visiting the Temple of Literature because this place is so ancient, it makes me feel like I’m going back in time. It helps me to know about the importance of education and learning in the old days. I feel the flow of history there,” Yaprak said.

With the help of their tour guides, Shiokawa Takahiro and Takumu Hosoya, a couple of Japanese travelers, were able to fully immerse themselves in the fascinating culture and history of Vietnam.

They shared: “After the visit, we immersed ourselves in the history and nature of Vietnam. Vietnam has unique things like egg coffee and sticky rice bites that are not found in Japan. We are really impressed with these foods and drinks.”

Source: Hanoitimes

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