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Picturesque tourism village in Vietnam’s Central Highlands awakens visitors to travel

Friday, May 26, 2023, 19:56 GMT+7
Picturesque tourism village in Vietnam’s Central Highlands awakens visitors to travel
The rose myrtle hill overlooks the breathtaking forest and Vi Ro Ngheo Village in Kon Tum Province in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Vi Ro Ngheo Village, known as Homestay Village, in Dak Tang Commune of Kon Tun Province’s Kon Plong District in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam brings tourists unique community-based tourism experiences.

Surrouned by gigantic mountains and forests, the Xo Dang ethnic minority group’s village has emerged as a popular destination for travelers who love exploring the culture and nature of the Central Highlands region.

Homestay Village filled with flowers

The charming village of the Xo Dang ethnic group, about 45 kilometers from the famous Mang Den Town, was recognized as a community tourist site in April this year.

The village is home to 63 households with nearly 300 Xo Dang ethnic people. The locals mainly grow rice, catch fish, and raise buffaloes for a living.

Most locals in the village do not drink alcohol or beer. Apart from their work, they often play sports and join traditional art performances, such as beating a gong, singing folk songs, and dancing.

Vi Ro Ngheo Village is charming thanks to a variety of flowers, namely sword-leaf orchids, scientifically known as Cymbidium, pinkster flowers, and rose myrtles.

Colorful flowers abound in all the places of the village from roofs, fences, and gardens to forests.

The year-round flowers create a picture of peace and romance in the mountainous land.

A house in the Vi Ro Ngheo homestay village has its entrance gate decorated with a sword-leaf orchid pot. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

A house in the Vi Ro Ngheo homestay village has its entrance gate decorated with a sword-leaf orchid pot. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

The Vi Ro Ngheo forest village boasts various flowers. Photo: A Kieu

The Vi Ro Ngheo forest village boasts various flowers. Photo: A Kieu

Local identity-based tourism

Tourists should visit the village’s nha rong, a large stilt-house used for communal purposes. Nha rong is considered a cultural symbol in the Xo Dang ethnic minority community.

Nha rong, a large stilt-house used for communal purposes is considered a cultural symbol of the Xo Dang minority ethnic community. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

'Nha rong,' a large stilt-house used for communal purposes, is considered a cultural symbol of the Xo Dang ethnic minority community. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Moreover, visitors should not miss Vi Ro Ngheo Stream with cool, crystal-clear water. The hidden stream in the wild and spectacular forest is as beautiful as an ink wash painting. 

Apart from enjoying the view of the stream, tourists can soak up the atmosphere, go fishing, and grill fish.

At the rose myrtle hill, tourists can watch the sunrise and sunset, and admire the blanket of clouds, making them refresh the mind and immerse themselves in nature.

Visitors who want to experience the daily life of locals can rent a room in Xo Dang people’s elegant wood houses.

Guests will have meals with locals and join them for daily activities to feel the ethnic people’s friendliness and hospitality.

The idea of developing the homestay village started from 2016, when locals took the photos of stunning mountains and colorful flower views and uploaded them to social media, said Nguyen Van Bay, vice-chairman of the Dak Tang Commune People’s Committee.

Many tourists know about it from social networks and have visited the village. As such, the village  became more popular, prompting local authorities to build it into a community-based tourist spot.

“The locals join hands to protect the living environment and beautify houses to develop the economy and improve the value of the place,” Bay said.

Departing from Mang Den Town, visitors can travel along Provincial Road 676 and then follow a small path to reach Vi Ro Ngheo Village, with a total length of 45 kilometers.

To make it easier and safer for a trip to the village, visitors should contact tourism service providers to guide them.

Mountains in Dak Glei District are shrouded in clouds at daybreak in May. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Mountains in Dak Glei District are shrouded in clouds at daybreak in May 2023. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

A Kieu (R), a member of the homestay village, introduces the different kinds of flowers to a visitor. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

A Kieu (R), a member of the homestay village, introduces the different kinds of flowers to a visitor. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Vi Ro Ngheo Village, which is home to 63 households with some 300 Xo Dang ethnic people, is a strange and unique community-based tourist destination in Kon Tum Province. Photo: Tran Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Vi Ro Ngheo Village, which is home to 63 households with some 300 Xo Dang ethnic people, is a new and unique community-based tourist destination in Kon Tum Province. Photo: Tran Hoa / Tuoi Tre

Guests visit the village. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Guests visit the village. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Some 15 houses in the village are converted into homestays for tourists. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Some 15 houses in the village are converted into homestays for tourists. Photo: Dinh Cuong / Tuoi Tre

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