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Tourists stay in Viet Nam homes

Update: September, 08/2013 - 12:00

Tourists to Viet Nam are having the chance to live the real Vietnamese life.

They are staying in Vietnamese people's homes.

While there, they take part in cooking, shopping for food at the markets and farming.

After experiences like this, they can go home knowing a lot more about Viet Nam.

Grey nomad trail: Tourists enjoy outdoor activities during their homestay tour in Van Long District in Ninh Binh Province.
Grey nomad trail: Tourists enjoy outdoor activities during their homestay tour in Van Long District in Ninh Binh Province. - File Photo

NINH BINH (VNS)— Ninh Binh Province is promoting tourism homestays and improving co-operation with other provinces to enhance the tourism experience, says provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism deputy director Duong Thi Thanh.

Up to 50 households in five villages in Gia Van Commune were providing homestays, Thanh said. "Each household has one to five rooms for tourists. I'm receiving good feedback."

Tourists in homestay accommodation take part in the family's daily activities, like going to the market, cooking and farming.

The nation's current tourism strategies favour green tourism, which Thanh said was associated with the preservation of eco-diversity and natural values.

In ties with other regions, Ninh Binh had signed a 2012 development and co-operation agreement with 10 provinces and cities with high tourism potential, including Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Can Tho, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Lao Cai, and Lang Son.

Thanh said the ties would assist tours of ancient capitals, including Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh, Thang Long citadel (Ha Noi), Lam Kinh vestige, Ho citadel (Thanh Hoa Province) and Hue City.

The provincial tourism section head, Hoang Thanh Phong said: "The province also has craft villages like Van Lam embroidery village, Ninh Van stone carving village of Hoa Lu District, and Kim Son sedge village in Kim Son District.

"When craft villages are better known, it could help create jobs for local people."

However, Ninh Binh still faced challenges, including the perception of poor environmental protection, site information and professionalism among tourist guides, along with annoying street vendors and a lack of entertainment, Thanh said.

"Employees in tourism activities will undergo training in environment protection, languages, culture and history."

Recently, Gia Sinh Commune in Gia Vien District opened the club Lang Am Thuc De Nui (Gastronomy Village of Mountain Goat). There, 20 members made a commitment to strictly observe food service regulations and to make sure prices were included on menus.

Located 93km south of Ha Noi, Ninh Binh has diverse landscapes, with the Trang An ecotourism complex boasting mountains, caves and lakes.

Among 3.6 million visitors to the province in the first six months of this year, 2.5 million went to the complex.

The Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourist destination and Bai Dinh Pagoda have also created an impression.

Ninh Binh aims to welcome 6 million visitors, including 1 million foreigners, by 2015, an annual growth rate of 10 per cent. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Ninh Binh Province is promoting tourism homestays and improving co-operation with other provinces to enhance the tourism experience, says provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism deputy director Duong Thi Thanh.

To enhance means to improve.

The nation's current tourism strategies favour green tourism, which Thanh said was associated with the preservation of eco-diversity and natural values.

Strategies are detailed plans of how to do things.

Green tourism is tourism related to the environment. It is also known as eco-tourism.

Preservation means keeping something and not letting it disappear.

Eco-diversity is the mixture of many different types of plants, animals, birds, fish and other living things that make up the living world around us.

In ties with other regions, Ninh Binh had signed a 2012 development and co-operation agreement with 10 provinces and cities with high tourism potential, including Ha Noi, HCM City, Da Nang, Thua Thien-Hue, Quang Nam, Can Tho, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Lao Cai, and Lang Son.

Potential means the possibility that something can happen. In this case it's about the possible tourism that could happen in the 10 provinces and cities.

The provincial tourism section head, Hoang Thanh Phong said: "The province also has craft villages like Van Lam embroidery village, Ninh Van stone carving village of Hoa Lu District, and Kim Son sedge village in Kim Son District.

Embroidery is the art of sewing patterns into material.

Sedge is a type of grass.

However, Ninh Binh still faced challenges, including the perception of poor environmental protection, site information and professionalism among tourist guides, along with annoying street vendors and a lack of entertainment, Thanh said.

A perception is the way people think things are. Sometimes people's perceptions are not the way things really are!

Vendors are people who sell things. Street vendors are people who sell things on the street.

Located 93km south of Ha Noi, Ninh Binh has diverse landscapes, with the Trang An ecotourism complex boasting mountains, caves and lakes.

Diverse landscapes are different landscapes.

The Tam Coc-Bich Dong tourist destination and Bai Dinh Pagoda have also created an impression.

To create an impression means to do something to make people have strong feelings about something.

WORKSHEET

State which of the following are true, or false.

1.        Duong Thi Thanh works for the Ninh Binh Province provincial government.

2.        Ninh Van village is known for its embroidery.

3.        Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City are considered to be areas with tourism potential.

4.        Ninh Binh is east of Ha Noi.

5.        Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh, Thang Long citadel, Lam Kinh vestige, Ho citadel and Hue City are ancient capitals.

 

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