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  • The Human Ecology Practical Area (HEPA) is both a 500 hectare forest research site in Ha Tinh Province and a network of passionate people committed to rights-based ecologically sustainable development ...
  • Sai Duan Commune - Lao Cai

    Sai Duan Commune - Lao Cai

  • Sai Duan is a Red Dao community located up a mountain 20 minutes from Lao Cai city. As a community, they have decided to open up to visitors for the first time to showcase their traditional culture and ...
  • New CBT

    New CBT

  • In 2020 Nep Xua will work with a responsible tourism operator to identify a new Community-Based Tourism (CBT) site from one of the many communities with whom we work. We aim to model best practice collaborative ...

    I spent 5 days at HEPA; meeting farmers working at the different practice sites within HEPA and exploring the community forest.  It was great to see the health and diversity within the forest areas ...

    Rufus - Legislation and Policy Advisor, Biodiversity Conservation Agency, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Hanoi

    RMIT sets a high standard in teaching tourism sustainability and working with Nep Xua has allowed us to give students a real feel for ethnic minority business development and to contribute positively. ...

    Dr Jackie Ong Discipline Lead, Tourism & Hospitality Management RMIT Hanoi

    “HEPA has great knowledge in ecology and amazing natural assets: working with Nep Xua we are learning new skills & building new networks so that we can bring HEPA’s unique offering to new markets ...

    Nguyen Thi Hoai Thu - Manager HEPA

    CIRUM has worked with Sai Duan community providing support for legal rights over customary forests for land use rights and management for many years. More recently, CIRUM’s Nep Xua has assisted Sai Duan ...

    Ms Chao Coi May - Manager Sai Duan Herbal Bath Social Enterprise


    HEPA and SARS COVID 19

    HEPA and SARS COVID 19

    Due to SARS COVID 19, we are not receiving guests at HEPA currently.
    Junior Scientists Summer Camp

    Junior Scientists Summer Camp

    Kids are great but having them at home for three months over summer can be exhausting! Reward yourself ...
    Eco Farming Course for Beginners: Learn from the Best in the Business!

    Eco Farming Course for Beginners: Learn from the Best in the Business!

    Attention all hobby farmers, plant lovers, garden gurus, and backyard horticulturalists! ...
    A unique eco-experience you won’t ever forget!

    A unique eco-experience you won’t ever forget!

    The Nep Xua Eco Experience, at the Human Ecology Practical Area (HEPA), will once again be open to a handful of members of the general public on January 11 and 12, 2020 but spaces are limited and filling ...


    Elizabeth (from Australia)

    Elizabeth (from Australia)

    What a lovely and comfortable place to stay! I felt the deep relaxation of HEPA immediately when I arrived and I’m just sorry I couldn’t stay longer.
    HEPA is a beautiful environment with marvellous activities made more beautiful by the kindness and hospitality of the people.
    It was a privilege to hear the stories of the people and what HEPA has achieved.
    A special thanks to Tan who is a fabulous chef! I will try to remember some of the excellent cooking tips when I go home.

    Elizabeth from Australia