Hi! My name’s Luke. I’m from England and I’ve been living in East Asia since 2011. I started the Hue Grit Tour towards the end of 2017. Although I’ve tried to leave Vietnam more than once, I’ve found I can’t get enough of what this country has to offer. There’s nothing I love more than having eye-opening experiences on my doorstep and the opportunity to explore a society different from the one I grew up in.
I wouldn’t really consider myself a travel expert but I certainly love exploring other countries. While travelling to different countries , I felt I wasn’t getting a genuine experience of the communities I visited. Trying to escape the well-worn ‘banana pancake trail’ of South-East Asia was exhausting. Anyone who has been to Thailand will be all too familiar with this!
Most tour groups in Vietnam have a misconception of what tourists want to see. Some of the guides I have met have even admitted they wouldn ‘t want to visit the locations they work at. Tours usually include environments that are, what I like to call, ‘tourist constructs’ or devoid of a real cultural atmosphere.
Speaking with others travelling through Vietnam, I have created the Hue Grit Tour to provide an insight to modern-day culture. One that is all too familiar with it’s inhabitants but barely noticed by it’s visitors.