To turn Hoa Binh Lake into a national tourism area, the Standing Board of the Hoa Binh provincial Party Committee on June 22, 2017 issued Resolution No. 14-NQ/TU on developing the Hoa Binh Lake tourism area. Since then, resources have been mobilised to promote local tourism activities. The area now has met three of the five important criteria for a national tourism area.


 

The Hoa Binh Tourism JSC has launched a number of interesting experience activities to meet the needs of visitors to the Hoa Binh Lake tourism area in Ngoi village of Suoi Hoa communes, Tan Lac district.

Covering 52,200ha in Da Bac, Tan Lac, Cao Phong and Mai Chau districts and Hoa Binh city, the lake is blessed with a magnificent and poetic landscape featuring green mountain ranges and tens of islands of all sizes that make it like a "Ha Long Bay on land”. It is also home to many attractions, including historical, cultural and spiritual relic sites. Outstanding places are Thac Bo Temple, Thac Bo Cave, Hoa Tin Cave, Ngoi Hoa Bay, Dua Island, and Ngoc Island, along with tranquil villages imbued with the typical cultures of Muong and Dao ethnic people.

To implement Resolution No. 14-NQ/TU and capitalise on the potential and advantages of the lake's vicinity, the province has mobilised resources to develop infrastructure in this area, thus paving the way for attracting visitors to Hoa Binh Lake as well as investment in developing accommodation facilities and tourism products.

Dinh Van Lan, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Binh Thanh commune in Cao Phong district, said the upgrade and expansion of Provincial Road 435 have had positive impact on tourism in the localities surrounding the lake in Cao Phong and Tan Lac districts.

He noted that his commune currently houses some projects in the tourism area such as the Binh Thanh ecological resort tourism site of the Mora Group JSC and the Parahill resort tourism site of the Beru Group JSC.

There are 16 tourism and service investment projects worth about 3.3 trillion VND (129.6 million USD) around the lake at present. Apart from large projects on building natural, ecological and resort tourism sites, the hotel, resort and community-based hostel system, hundreds of transportation vessels, restaurants, and entertainment places are also available here.

Tours connecting the Hoa Binh Lake tourism area with other destinations in the province and nationwide have also formed, creating a diverse tourism ecosystem. Meanwhile, the quality of tourism products has also been improved. There are now one community-based tourism site granted four stars and another granted three stars under the One Commune, One Product (OCOP) programme.

Under the Prime Minister-approved general plan on developing the Hoa Binh Lake national tourism area by 2035, the place will be a key national tourism area in the northern midland and mountainous region, and feature typical and diverse tourism products capitalising on local ethnic groups’ cultures and the lake’s ecosystem. It is divided into six zones, with Ngoi Hoa Bay - Thung Nai - Suoi Hoa in Tan Lac and Cao Phong districts forming the core zone of tourism services.

Nguyen Van Toan, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the Hoa Binh Lake tourism area has significantly contributed to the attraction of domestic and international tourists to the province.

To draw over 1 million visitors to the area by 2025, he noted, Hoa Binh province is prioritising the building of technical infrastructure to connect tourist attractions, boosting tourism development with high-quality entertainment and relaxation services that meet at least three-star standards, and strongly facilitating community-based tourism in tandem with cultural identity preservation.

With the strong determination to become a national brand, the Hoa Binh Lake tourism area is getting established in the national tourism development strategy and tourism development in the northern midland and mountainous region, according to the official.

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