Thursday, January 13, 2011

ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA completed the survey in Quan Ba, Ha Giang, Vietnam in a tourism cooperation with Caritas Switzerland.

The ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA (ATA) team spent 4 days (18-22 Dec 2010) to scan three communes of Thanh Van, Quyet Tien and Tung Vai in order to locate the potential spots for home-stay and seek for walking and biking routes that links those spots.

This survey is the first step of the tourism project named “Quan Ba District Integrated Community Development Project, Ha Giang province” which is implemented by Caritas Switzerland in Vietnam.

This project aims to set up sustainable livelihood for the poorest households and the poorest community with attention to indigenous knowledge, strengthening the culture which is facing a risk of oblivion, and obtaining sustainable maintenance of the environment resources.

The ATA team spent 4 days to scan three communes of Thanh Van, Quyet Tien and Tung Vai in order to locate the potential spots for home-stay and seek for walking and biking routes that links those spots.

With the distinguishing natural and cultural features the area has great potential in following tour categories:

Adventure Travel:

Adventure travel is a type of tourism, involving exploration or travel to remote, exotic and possibly hostile areas. Adventure tourism is rapidly growing in popularity, as tourists seek different kinds of vacations. With extreme terrain Quan Ba is ideal for developing adventure tours such as trekking, biking, motorcycling and even river kayaking.

The way to Lung Tam Cao village

The way to Lung Tam Cao village

Culture Exploration:

Another highlight of the area is ethnologic value which can also be an attraction for tourism. There are a huge number of travelers nowadays travel to remote area to experience and learn different culture. Travelers have demand to experience the real life of the locals and such activities like “home-stay” would let traveler to have an insight of the local culture. Through home-stay other tourism oriented products also have opportunity to thrive e.g: handicraft, traditional medicine, agricultural products,… All that would result in an improvement of local living standard.

Home-stay is now very popular term in tourism industry and Quan Ba has all advantage to develop such activity.

Nam Dam village

Nam Dam village

Charity Travel:

This is a new term in tourism industry but it has become very popular. Nowadays, lots of traveler want to do more than just booking a “responsible tour” they want to support the local community where they travel to with tangible action like teaching school children, building a house for poor people, … they would do this via the organized service of a tour operator or via NGOs’ programs.

The survey team proposes some sample tour itineraries which highlight the previously mentioned tourism potential of the area.

The team also proposed 3 demo program tours providing main information: route, duration and suitable type of activity in order to provide the materials for the TO, TA who would like to exploit the potential tourism in this area.

By ACTIVETRAVEL ASIA

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