HCM City (VNA) – The southeastern
province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has promoted eco-tourism to bring new experiences
to its visitors, towards green and environmentally friendly tourism.
Based on local strengths, Ba Ria-Vung Tau has taken
a range of solutions to develop eco-tourism and community-based tourism in
combination with landscape conservation.
Director of the provincial Department of Tourism
Trinh Hang said tourism is an economic pillar and eco-tourism is among the
eight tourist types targeted by the province in 2020-2025.
The province is blessed with primeval forests,
mangroves, the Con Dao National Park – a Ramsar site of wetlands of international
importance, rivers and sea, which has supported eco-tourism.
Ba Ria and Vung Tau cities have brought into play
their potential and strengths, along with existing maritime tourism products to
focus on community-based tourism and eco-tourism.
Phu My town has built eco and community-based
tourist sites, where high-tech agriculture cooperatives such as Song Xoai and
Hac Dich play a role. Tourists also have chances to learn about traditional
culture of the Chau Ro ethnic minority group.
Following the trend, Con Dao Island also offers
local specialties like wild grapes and ginseng, and community-based tourism
services along Con Dao Mountain. Local residents have been encouraged to provide
lodging services and products featuring local culture.
In Xuyen Moc and Chau Duc districts, community-based
tourism is associated with high-tech agriculture and organic production.
The Binh Chau-Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve in Xuyen Moc
district, home to rare many species, has been also an eco-tourism attraction,
where vacationers are surrounded by greenery and enjoy trekking, mountain climbing,
tree planting and hot-spring bathing, which enable them to understand more
about the value of nature and the necessity of environmental protection.
The Binon Cacao Park eco-tourism site, invested by
Binon Cacao JSC, in Xa Bang commune, Chau Duc district, is also a retreat for many
holidaymakers to Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
Ly Thi Tu Anh, head of the admin and HR department of
Binon Cacao JSC, said Ba Ria-Vung Tau is home to the largest area of cacao in
the country, and its cacao products have gained a firm foothold in the market.
Binon Cacao JSC has paid heed to environmental
protection and expanding the cacao area while operating the eco-tourism site,
giving visitors interesting experiences in the nature and promoting the value of
local specialties among them, she added.
Tourists can visit cacao gardens and join cacao
harvesting, processing and packaging activities, she added.
set for Con Dao
Con Dao island district is one of the localities in
Ba Ria-Vung Tau that boast substantial potential and strengths in eco-tourism,
apart from spiritual and maritime tourism. The Con Dao National Park is a highlight
of local tourism.
The park is home to 1,077 flora species, a rich and
diverse marine ecosystem with coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves, and over
1720 marine species, including turtles that come ashore to lay eggs each year.
Notably, it has been carrying out the most green sea turtle conservation and rescue
operations in Vietnam.
Con Dao’s eco-tourism products that meet national
and international standards have drawn crowds of nature lovers.
Le Phong, Secretary of the district Party Committee
and People’s Committee, said the provincial People’s Committee has approved a
project on eco and leisure tourism at the Con Dao National Park in the
Under the project, the conservation of forest and
sea resources will go in tandem with tourism development. Tourism services are
also expected to contribute to raising public awareness of natural, cultural
and historical values in Con Dao, and of environmental protection.
There are various activities for tourists like
watching sea turtles laying eggs and baby turtles being released to the sea,
swimming, diving and visiting swallows’ nests, along with leisure and health
As many as 17 eco-tourism routes have been launched
in Con Dao, including those from Con Son Island to small islets, beaches and
Ba Ria-Vung Tau has also taken a host of solutions
to preserve forest and sea resources and biodiversity at the Con Dao National
Park, such as building a database on forest resources and a map of forest and
Competent forces have conducted regular patrols to
prevent poaching and stepped up such activities as tree planting, coral reef
restoration and expansion and sea turtle conservation, while enhancing the
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