Quang Ninh: village tourism lures international tourists

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Halong Bay
Halong Bay

Numerous foreign tourists flock daily to a cultural tourism village in Dong Trieu district, northern Quang Ninh province, to discover the unique cultural identity of the local villagers.

The model of community-based tourism in Yen Duc commune, developed by the Indochina Junk JSC since 2011, is regarded as the final destination of many tours to the World Heritage site of Halong bay.

International travellers coming to the village can watch local villagers doing their field work and join them directly to practice rice and vegetable growing, rice pounding and fishing.

Halong Bay
Halong Bay

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David Phillips, a tourist from the UK, said he had a great time at the village and learnt more about its traditional cultural features, while his wife acknowledged the diligence of local villagers and Vietnamese farmers at large.

Foreign tourists can also make tours to Canh Huong pagoda in Yen Duc commune or they can enjoy folk songs and water puppetry performances from local people.

According to Secretary of the Yen Duc communal Party Committee Nguyen The Bien, the tourism model helps raise local people’s income and improve their awareness of developing green tourism and tapping the traditional cultural traits of Vietnamese villages. He called for further development to take place in a sustainable manner. Korea offers promotion program for MICE visitors from Vietnam.

Korea Tourism Organization in Vietnam will continue to implement a promotion program for Meeting, Inventive, Convention, and Exhibition (MICE) visitors.

Korean local authorities’ tourism departments have also offered promotions to tourists including the Jeju Tourism Department.

About 117,000 Vietnamese visitors traveled to Korea in 2013. Jeju Island welcomed 10.85 million international tourists including 18,162 Vietnamese travelers.

Saigontourist will launch a promotional price from VND13-19 million on tours to Korea in association with Vietnam Airlines on Independence Day, April 30, and Labor Day, May 1.