Vietnam tourismTruong Thanh Thuy is the co-founder and CEO of Greengar, the creator of real-time collaboration app Smartboard. Follow her on Twitter at @thuymuoi.

Although Vietnam has been well-known as a friendly country, many international articles recently about their bad experience during their vacations in Vietnam has ruined the image of the Vietnam tourism as a whole. Vietnam should have been the most attractive tourist and investment country with highly potential in business, low-cost in living, and beautiful scenic along the coast. However, the tourism of the country is still devastating and clueless of directions. One among all, we need more people with true passion about this country to promote our hidden gems and charming beauty with the new comers, whether long or short term visits.

Triip, the new startup by the well-known travel-passionate female entrepreneur, Lam Thi Thuy Ha (Ha Lam), launched their beta version since December 2012. The platform has attracted hundreds of travel-passionate individuals with all age-range to create, promote, and take many travelers across the countries, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, from Vung Tau to Phnom Penh, and definitely on the rise of demand for more services.

Ha Lam Triip cofounderHa Lam: from Saigon Hotpot to Triip

At the age of 19, Ha Lam has been featured on many Vietnamese newspapers for young passionate little girl about Vietnamese tourism. After attending a Swedish event in Ho Chi Minh City, she felt that there is a special need for young Vietnamese to practice their English, as well as the foreigners to enjoy more local experiences in the city. Saigon Hotpot was founded in 2008 to serve that special need, connecting local Vietnamese students with foreigners by free-tour. The club activities shortly became the Top 10 activities on TripAdvisor and many other travel recommendation sites.

While many people think startups is very hard for married couple, Ha and her soul mate, Ho Viet Hai (Hai Ho), started Triip shortly after their first child. Ha put off their travel passion for more than three years but certainly not forever. Serial-entrepreneurial Hai Ho encouraged Ha to continue her dream and passion, but more serious, sustainable, and scalable. Triip, up-to-date, is an amazing self-bootstrapping product of this amazing couple and looking for a brighter future of tourism platform in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

Triip Screenshot

Triip: the AirBnB for local experiences

Ha has been backpacking herself through many countries and landmarks around the world with her own network and fund-raising money for her leadership activities. More than anyone, she understand very clearly what and how a travelers need for their short or long staying experiences, and definitely no one else can introduce our home better than the home-owners. Triip started with all the handcrafted experiences that Ha has took travelers to herself during Saigon Hotpot as well as world-wide friends who came to visit Vietnam. For those Triips that are not created by Ha, she is also the quality assurance for both on-line images and off-lines experience. Despite her busy schedule as a mom and entrepreneur, she always tried her best to make time to drop-by and give a personal touch to the guests who used the service.

“The Cu Chi tunnel triip is different from the Cu Chi tunnel tours offered by travel agents. We have a truly local perspective of not only Cu Chi tunnel but the people who living around the area at the moment too” – Melvin, Singapore

Ha’s ambition is not just only Vietnam. As the website open more for people to other countries, anyone with travel experience or passion could become a Triip Creator to introduce with others about their beloved home town.

The website has just launched officially in the last month and the number of Triip Creators and visitors has been grown exponentially. The team is fund-raising on Indiegogo to fund their mobile apps and expand their services to more countries in South East Asia.

Passionate about travel and want to show the world your hometown? Create your own Triip experience.


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