Vietnam is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful countries, attracting travellers to its lush mountains, bustling cities and golden sand beaches. Despite rapid modernisation in Vietnam’s urban centres of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, time-honoured traditions remain intact amongst the locals. There are numerous ancient landmarks and colonial structures that have survived throughout the bumps and scrapes of history.
The community-based model of tourism, known as homestay tourism, is increasingly popular with visitors to Viet Nam and, at the same time, helps to promote and preserve the cultures of ethnic minority groups. In Tha hamlet, Ha Giang City, the model has helped the locals improve their lives.