The Hanoitimes - From October 6 to 8, a festival gathering 14 typical community-based tourism villages across the northwest region will be held in Hoa Binh Province.
At a press conference on October 3, the Hoa Binh Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism released the list of the 14 participating villages, including those of Thai and Muong ethnic groups in Hoa Binh, and others in Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Ha Giang, and Hanoi.
Hoa Binh Province.
The festival was said to feature a festival of traditional music and traditional ethnic costumes, a cooking contest, an exhibition of tourism products, and a photo exhibition on tourism in Hoa Binh and the extended Northwest region. A seminar on the sustainable development of northwest community-based tourism will also take place.
According to Bui Van Lam, head of the Hoa Binh Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, preparations have almost completed and stated that local authorities are committed to ensuring security and food safety for visitors during the festival.
The event will feature artisans producing local handicrafts, including weaving, making bamboo instruments, making sticky rice and dyeing cloth using beeswax, along with artists performing folk songs, dances and games. The festival is expected to provide tourists with the chance to learn about and experience the culture, working environment and lifestyle of the local communities.
Located at the entrance of the Northwest region of Vietnam, Hoa Binh Province is proud to be one of the oldest areas in Vietnam with its world-famous Culture where human life has existed since 10,000 – 2,000 BCE.
Although Hoa Binh’s geographical characteristics have causedmany difficulties in developing its infrastructure and economy, the mountainous topography here is a godsend in terms of tourist attraction.
Together with mountains are green valleys, surrounded by primitive forests with thousand species of rare plants and animals and hundreds of caves and streams that offer tourists numbers of tours like hiking, walking, hunting or hot spring.
Hoa Binh does not lack antique and historic relics; in fact, the province preserves 37 national relics and 18 regional vestiges. The residents here consist mainly of Muong ethnic group and various ethnic minorities such as Thai, Yao, Tay and Hmong. This contributes a lot to the cultural diversity of this mountainous province as well as the development of its tourism industry.