JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

ADB-funded community tourism village offers Vietnamese ethnic life experience

ADB-funded community tourism village offers Vietnamese ethnic life experience

Friday, December 09, 2016, 16:56 GMT+7

Ta Oi people in a remote district in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue now moonlight as tourism employees, offering tourists the opportunity to experience life as a member of an ethnic minority in Vietnam.

Since the establishment of the A Ka Community Tourism Village, a project backed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) nearly five years ago, members of the Ta Oi ethnic group have begun supplementing their farming incomes with jobs serving visiting tourists.

When visitors plan to tour the village, the A Ka villagers are notified to skip their farm work for the day and prepare to treat the visitors to a typical Ta Oi cultural experience.

The community tourism village offers guests the opportunity to taste local dishes cooked by Ta Oi women for VND80,000 (US$3.57), buy Dèng, a locally woven textile typical of the Ta Oi people, and lease bicycles to explore the famous Ho Chi Minh trail and visit the local forests and hot springs on their way to the area’s distant villages.

Visitors can stay the night in dorm rooms built for six to eight people at the affordable rate of VND100,000 ($4.46) per person per night.

During the middle of the tenth month of the lunar calendar, visitors can join locals in celebrating the Aza – the Ta Oi’s New Year festival – by gathering at the common house to play and dance in the two-to-three day celebration before they start a new rice crop.

Though the only English-speaking villager recently married and relocated to a neighboring hamlet, locals say that powerful smartphone apps, such as Google Translate, have nearly eliminated language barrier issues.

The ADB-backed project has raked in $11,700 in tourism revenue, and $18,000 from selling the souvenir textiles.

Two community tourism companies are in charge of operations at the A Ka village, recruiting 107 villagers, 48 percent of which are women, to be their staff.

Though the project seems to be doing well, the two companies admitted that weak promotion efforts have kept visitors at modest numbers.

More

Read more

Arab heartthrob? Give me a break

These days, the media seem to shift focus from murder and rape to the male physiques, in particular of a man from the Middle East, someone deemed to have been deported from Saudi Arabia for being “too handsome”

7 years ago

Vietnam provinces suffer from severe drought

Residents in several provinces in central and southern Vietnam have been on edge for the past month over the potentially huge damage to their crops caused by a severe, prolonged drought.

6 years ago
;

Photos

VIDEOS

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Latest news