Posted by: travelrat | December 1, 2019



While my intention is, as usual, to deal with events in our tour of South-East Asia in chronological order, this organisation really deserves a shout-out at an early stage.

KOTO: It stands for ‘Know One: Teach One’ and is a non-profit organisation, which aims to improve the lot of at-risk and disadvantaged young people in Vietnam by teaching them culinary and catering skills, as well as providing full board, and helping graduates to find employment afterwards.

It was established in 1999 as a simple sandwich shop in Hanoi, and has grown to a training centre in Hanoi, and restaurants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. We ate in both of these, and, apart from explanatory posters on the wall and various literature about the place, these was very little to distinguish it from other, equally excellent restaurants at which we ate.

There are a number of ways in which you can help. You can make a donation, either as a monthly or a one-off payment … you’d even be supporting the organisation if you just went for a meal there. You wouldn’t be disappointed!

You can find out more about KOTO at


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