(HBO) - The pristine and magnificent beauty of the landscape, adorned by the simplicity and charm of the villages of Muong, Dao, and Tay ethnic groups, never fails to captivate tourists whenever they visit the Hoa Binh Lake Tourism Area.
Tourists experience kayaking on Hoa Binh Lake.
Hoa Binh Lake is the largest man-made in Southeast Asia, with a length of about 70 kilometres, spanning across 17 communes in five districts and the city of Hoa Binh province. It is home to hundreds of islets, with limestone mountain ranges, and a system of caves with countless stalactites, creating a surreal and colourful landscape. The lake also boasts small bays and is surrounded by forests teeming with diverse fauna and flora. In addition to the breathtaking natural beauty, there are traditional ethnic minority villages that have preserved their cultural values. All of these factors provide perfect conditions for the development of tourism in the area.
Over the past years, to promote tourism development in the area, the province has invested in essential infrastructure. Locals have also paid attention to preserving and promoting their traditional cultural values. To embark on a trip to the area, tourists can start at different locations. The closest to the centre of Hoa Binh city is Bich Ha Port, located just behind the Hoa Binh Hydroelectric Plant, making it convenient to welcome tourists. Additionally, there are docks like Bai Sang (Mai Chau) and Hien Luong (Da Bac), from which tourists can explore the lake.
Tourists can drive 25 kilometers northwest of Hoa Binh city to explore the lake area, starting from Thung Nai Port in the commune of the same name in Cao Phong district. Here, they can stay in Coi Xay Gio (Windmill) Guesthouse, Dao Dua (Coconut Island), and Dao Ngoc Xanh (Emerald Island).
According to local authorities, there are more than 100 accommodation establishments and approximately 300 passenger transportation vehicles at the Hoa Binh Lake Tourist Area. Furthermore, there are two stunning resorts - Mai Chau Hideaway and Ba Khan Village Resort.
Last year, the tourist site welcomed 400,000 visitors, and the number is expected to reach 500,000 annually.
The Hoa Binh provincial Tourism Steering Committee held a conference on January 25 to outline tourism development tasks for 2024, under the chair of Vice Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Nguyen Van Toan.
Phong Phu commune in Tan Lac district has been actively developing community-based tourism associated with the agricultural economy, aiming to promoting the locality’s potential. This activity does not only bringing sustainable economic benefits but also contributing to promoting traditional cultural values, preserving natural landscapes, protecting the environment, and improving material and spiritual life for local residents.
With a legitimate desire to get rich, Mr. Phang A Pao, born in 1984, a member of the farmer's union in Cha Day village, Pa Co commune, Mai Chau district, has been constantly learning, and he boldly started a business and succeeded with the homestay business model.
In 2023, Hoa Binh province will welcome 3.8 million tourists, of which 450 thousand international visitors. Total revenue from tourists reached 4,000 billion VND, reaching 102.6% of the plan.
Boasting poetic and charming natural landscapes, simple stilt houses deeply imbued with the Muong ethnic cultural identity, distinctive customs and lifestyle, and rich cuisine, Mo hamlet in Binh Thanh commune of Cao Phong district holds favourable conditions to develop community-based tourism.