Community based tourism
Dong Du Village Lakeside Farmstay - Community Based Tourism
Story of responsible tourisme
In 2010, on a short inspection trip on the way back to Central part from Hanoi. He realized the sincere beauty of this typical Vietnamese village, he met and talked to friendly local villagers, observed their local life with unique cultural heritage and historical land story. Back to working office, he was soon to think and develop a tourism project in Dong Du village and started working with local authority, gave presentation with local villagers and arranged everything to make this project happen.
The purpose of this community has been identified:
+ Bring the unique cultural experience of local community to international visitors
+ Preserve and maintain the local culture heritage and life of habitats.
+ Support local community to develop sustainable agriculture economy and share benefit from tourism project.
Since 2011, the community based tourism project in Dong Du village has been operated launching the first product, Dong Du village day trip and folk song performance. This short trip was designed for tourists back from Halong Bay to discover village in some hours and enjoy a homemade Vietnamese cooking meals in village. In the following years, more product and service has been introduced: water puppet show and overnight tour. In 2012, the authentic Viet House accommodation has been built, tourists visiting village had another experience to stay overnight in village, the Viet House is a traditional style house in rural area of Vietnam with comfortable spacious room, surrounded by garden, rice fields and local community, which had changed the Dong Du village tour to become accessible for longer stay and more unique experience for tourists. In 2015, homestay service has been added, visitors now can experience the village life with locals, eat, participate in farming and stay as a local in their home. The homestay is truly a nice experience to observe the village life and interact with locals.
Mission of responsible tourisme
+ Support local people develop a sustainable and efficient agricultural economy.
+ Build clean environment, beautiful village scenery and charming Vietnamese agricultural identity.
+ Develop friendly, sustainable and responsible community.
+ Establish Dong Du village and Yen Khe village as the focus of tourism in Nghe An province, Vietnam.
What we achieved
+ 200 villagers has been trained about community based tourism and understand about the positive effect of tourism to the community
+ 15 villagers has directly worked for the project and get paid of more than 3.000.000 VND/ month.
+ 01 farmstays with 06 rooms has been developed in the village
+ 01 English class for children in village operates annually
+ 10 Scholarship give to local students every year
+ Thousands of international visitors has visited the village and appreciate the local life and culture here.
+ Many television broadcasting channels, newspapers wrote about village and shared to the world about the destination.
+ Awareness of local authority in Nghe An province towards community based tourism.
+ Winner of “ TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence” in 3 consecutive years ( 2016, 2017, 2018).
Responsible tourism is any form of tourism that can be consumed in a more responsible way. “Responsible tourism is tourism which: minimizes negative social, economic and environmental impacts. generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities. www.dongdu-village.com