• The Curious Traveler

As if you needed another reason to visit Hanoi

When chatting with my brother recently, a human services advocate in Burlington, VT, our conversation called to mind one of the brightest gems on a Boundless Journeys tour – a visit to the KOTO Restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam.

In the capital city, cultural sites and culinary delights are abundant; the city is a Southeast Asian powerhouse in terms of history to relive, dishes to try, and locals to meet. However, in a place where much importance is placed on the past, Boundless Journeys has discovered a local eatery that looks to the future, focusing on much more than delicious delicacies.

KOTO Restaurant, a stop for nearly all important foreign dignitaries to northern Vietnam, is a place where young people are taken off the streets and employed after an extensive screening process and an eighteen month training program. The concept, explained by the restaurant’s name – Know One, Teach One – is designed to spread opportunities among those who have had few.

The concept evolved in 1996 when Mr. Jimmy Pham asked a group of children living on the street what they wanted out of life. Their response was simple, “we need skills so we can find stable jobs”. Thus the mission of KOTO was born, and this is the exact spirit with which we love our guests to travel; seeking out the hidden places around the world that not only bring joy to foreign travelers, but also good to their local communities.

Care to take a taste of cuisine, culture, and charity? Join us on one of our fabulous Vietnam itineraries to experience this truly unique opportunity.


Inspired to make a donation to this fantastic training school? Email our Vietnam Manager ([email protected]) for details.

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Boundless Journeys is an award-winning small group adventure tour operator. With a diverse collection of locally guided, small group itineraries and Private Collection trips around the world, Boundless Journeys offers “The World’s Great Adventures.” The adventure trips for 2-16 guests are active, ranging from leisurely cultural explorations and wildlife safaris to challenging trekking in remote regions ― with plenty of easy to moderate walking and sea kayaking in between.


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