How to promote homestay tourism in Lak district
Homestay is being favored by a large number of tourists on Vietnam trip package especially foreign ones. However, this type of tourism has not developed in relevance to its potentials.
In comparision with other districts, Lak district has more strengths in terms of landscape, climate and culture to develop its homestay tourism such as spectacular Lak Lake, traditional houses which reprensent cultural identities of Ede or M’Nong people,etc…
Nowadays, homestay is becoming increasingly popular. This type of tourism developed remarkably in 2005 and so far, it has always been attractive to foreign visitors. A tourist from Germany said that he was deeply impressed with Lak during his first trip in Vietnam. According to him, instead of staying in a hotel, he chose homestay in order to participate with local people in daily activities. He had chance to make grilled meat and enjoy with local people. Another tourist whose name was Wonner said that of all places that she had been to, Lak with beautiful views and comfortable climate was the most impressive. She also took a number of photos during her trip.
Apart from providing tourists with accomodation, homestay offers a lot of entertaining activities such as Lak Lake sightseeing, boat sailing. It also gives them opportunities to try local specialities. Especially, tourists can go to the local market to buy foods and cook meals and more interestingly, they can join farming activities. All families offer homestay service spend money mending and upgrading their house. They always try to create a cosy atmosphere and frendly interaction with tourists.
According to Mr Bui Van Duc, head of local co-operative, the time that tourists stay at local families is now longer. Some groups even stay 3 -4 days to explore other destinations such as Da Lat, Nha Trang. At present, local co-operative has 15 members supplying homestay service. 8 of them are willing to supply homes, 3 of them are willing to supply elephants and 4 of them are willing to supply boats. Each family can provide accomodation for 12 tourists. Local co-opereative will supply blankets, mosquito net and other sleeping gears. As a result, the number of visitors is on the increase. In 2010, the figure was 2230, however, it increased and reached 5080 in 2014.
Over the past few years, there is a considerable improvement in homestay in Lak, giving more income for local people. However, this type of tourism is still spontaneous. There are also limitations in way of tourism operating. Tourism activites are not diverse. Additionally, the number of families providing homestay service is still low. Language barrier makes it more difficult for local people to communicate with tourists. Therefore, it is high time that local authorities and people came up with solutions to improve homestay quality to attract more visitors. It is suggested that tourism products should be diversified. There should be programs to train local people about communication skills and eliminate language barrier. Besides, there should be activities to introduce cultural traditions and customs to tourists.
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