Homestay services improve farmer’s income

15:30 | 29/01/2017 Society

(VEN) - Exploring nature and local traditional cultures as well as living locals’ lives are something that a lot of domestic and foreign visitors to the Mekong Delta really love. That explains the increase in homestay services as part of the region’s local living tours.  

homestay services improve farmers income

The number of visitors to Tien Giang Province increased annually from 518,000 people (including 318,500 foreign tourists) in 2005 to 1.63 million people (including 600,000 foreign visitors) in 2016. Apart from investing in major central tourist sites, Tien Giang has developed homestay services throughout the province. Cai Be, Chau Thanh and Cho Gao districts and the city of My Tho have become leading providers of homestay services for domestic and foreign visitors.

A homestay service provider in Cai Be District, Huynh Van Muoi, said that villagers embellish their houses and improve orchards to serve visitors. They also get visitors to join cultivation, fishing, cooking and cultural activities. Visitors to the region are happy with local living tours, he added.

homestay services improve farmers income

Ba Linh - a homestay service provider in Vinh Long Province said that to attract visitors, especially foreign visitors, villagers should keep their houses locally typical, safe and clean and be hospitable, friendly and willing to help visitors join their daily activities like gardening and cooking. They should also provide guests with good and safe local food, Linh said.

There are more than 20 homestay establishments in Ben Tre Province, most of which are found in Chau Thanh, Cho Lach, Mo Cay Bac and Giong Trom districts. Notable homestay facilities in the province include the Nam Hien, Mai Thanh Van and Duyen Que. The province-based homestay facilities welcomed more than 11,000 visitors annually. They are offering reasonable lease rates of VND200,000-500,000 per person per day.

Many farmers in the city of Sa Dec in Dong Thap Province have registered with the relevant authorities to provide homestay services. Apart from providing accommodation for visitors, Sa Dec-based homestay households get guests to join flowers growing and nurturing activities. The homestay service model has helped flower farmer households increase income while contributing to promoting the image of Sa Dec as an attractive destination for visitors.

homestay services improve farmers income
Visitors bike around the village
homestay services improve farmers income

Jim Carlon from the US said that he was traveling throughout Vietnam and was impressed by the hospitality of people in the southwestern country.

He added that traditional cultural activities of this region, including the Don Ca Tai Tu (a musical art with both scholarly and folk roots) and Cai Luong (roughly translated as “reformed theater” or “renovated theater”) have been well preserved. Visitors can enjoy really good and fresh foods like fish caught from the pond and vegetables picked right from the house’s garden. Jim Carlon said that his family enjoyed the homestay, as they experienced local living like listening to rooster crows early in the morning and barking dogs, walking around the dikes to admire rice fields and orchards, and inhaling extremely fresh air, among others.

Homestay services create jobs for and improve incomes of rural people while contributing to raising the community’s awareness of protecting the environment and preserving traditional cultures. It also promotes diversification of tourist offerings of Vietnam in general and the Mekong Delta in particular.

Ngoc Thao