Community based sustainable tourism in Halong
In Halong Bay, community based sustainable tourism (CBST) seems to be a brand new concept in tourism industry. However, possessing various advantages to cultivate sustainable tourism, local administration and tourism agencies of this charming bay is concentrating in developing this new form of tourism. Halong Bay is one of the most attractive places in Vietnam with a long history of about 18,000 years and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Moreover, it has an eco-friendly traditional fishing community.
The most popular sustainable tourism activity is visiting floating fishing villages. These tours are offered by various tour agencies, including inland agencies or luxurious cruises with identical itineraries and activities. Tourists will get one or a half day to live at these floating villages with local residents to learn about featured elements of the fisher life here, as well as the culture of fisher community in this bay. For some tours, tourists also have an opportunity to participate in fisher’s everyday chores and to have a cozy meal with local residents. Usually, Cua Van and Vung Vieng floating villages are the most visited destination for tours like that.
Tourists can also customize a sustainable tourism trip to explore the bay’s culture in their own way. In this case, hotel where the tourists accommodate or ship supplier might be useful, since they can help the tourists with contacting the villages, transportation, and translating service.