“The number of home-stays in Lao Cai Province has been stepped up from 30 in 2010 to approximately 100 at present,” reported the Lao Cai’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Up to now, Lao Cai has built up 13 community tourism destinations which are mainly located in Sapa and Bac Ha Districts. It is the community tourism that has brought many benefits to the local ethnic minorities living there.
Firstly, joining community tourism plays an important role in providing local people with more opportunities to find jobs and raise more their incomes as well as to escape from poverty and to improve their daily lives.
Last but not least, community tourism contributes to enhance local people’s awareness of restoration, preservation, maintenance of local traditional culture, lifestyles along
Home-stay community tourism in Ta Van Villagewith production methods in order to create unique competitiveness for provincial tourism products that keeps tourists staying for longer time in the province.
To take as examples, Lao Cai’s tourism industry conducted a rural community tourism model in Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages in San Sa HoCommune in 1998. This action helps to gradually improve locals’ life there.
Ta Van Giay Village is actually the best choice for both local and international tourists to stay at the weekend. Besides, Ta Van Giay also offers more special tourism products such as ethnic cuisine and specialties, home-stay and folk games.The Trung Do Village is ideal for develop such kind of special tourism products like boat tour on Chay River, culture tour to Trung Do Temple for spiritual worshiping along with visiting stilt-houses and enjoying Tay folk tunes..
Significantly, Lao Chai Village is expected to offer tourists a pristine and simple beauty of terraced fields, spectacular waterfalls, domestic hydraulic rice mortars as well as unique architecture of soil walled houses, and traditional ethnic specialties.
Pristine and simple beauty of terraced fields in Lao Chai Village
As consequences, some tourism experts guess that tours to Sapa Villages of Ta Van Giay, Trung Do, and Lao Chai will upraise Lao Cai’s community tourism and attract more and more tourists visiting this province.
Nowadays, thanks to the provincial community tourism development, several tourist spots in Lao Cai Province such as Cat Cat, Sin Chai, Ban Den, Trung Do, Ta Chai, Na Hoi, and Ban Pho are familiar to not only domestic travelers but also foreign ones.