Dalat town open to some of the more adventurous travelers, or the Indo chic romantic highlands. Dalat is very much a niche tourism town, has been considered as a Little Paris in Vietnam. Besides the types of tourism that have become familiar to visitors in Da Lat such as outdoor tourism, eco- tourism, adventure tourism, culture tourism…, homestay tourism type in Da Lat is attracting many visitors, especially international ones.
Mr. Nguyen Van Nam – Branch Director of Grand Circle Corporation (an American company specializes in developing cultural tourism) in Vietnam explains that customers participating in homestay tourism are often the old ones and desire to enjoy the tranquil and happy atmosphere. While families in Da Lat have a warm and emotional style of living, and are very hospitable, therefore this type of tourism has attracted these customers. And the customere are also able to approach, understand, and learn more about culture, custom, and people – of the locals there.
Local villagers are trained by the governmental organizations and can earn good incomes. They help visitors to learn about daily life, custom of the locals, participate in their daily activities such as shopping, cooking, farming besides visiting landscapes, cultural and historic relics of Da Lat and the surrounding areas in their trips.
Ms. Mae Thu, a Chinese American tourist said, she was happy with the homestay tours in Da Lat. The locals here are very close and friendly. While the couple from the United States – Maken and Tim, revealed that Da Lat was real great. They felt living in Da Lat as at home. In addition, information on travel services to reference, such as tours, sightseeing routes in the surrounding areas, air booking offices, and foreign newspapers… are very adequate.
Right from homestay tourism begins to be developed in Da Lat; the local tourism-related businesses have been aware that this is a type of tourism associated with environmental protection. This is one of the criteria that visitors are very cared. To more and more develop homestay tourism, Lam Dong tourism authorities will organize training courses on communication and reception skills, tourism knowledge… for organizations and individuals working in community tourism in Da Lat.