Phu Yen’s vegetable village develops community-based tourism
Update: Jan 22, 2015
Ngoc Lang Vegetable Village in Binh Ngoc Commune, Tuy Hoa City, central Phu Yen Province is looking to develop community-based tourism to maximise its potential.

The idea was welcomed by most delegates at a conference jointly organised by the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the city’s People’s Committee and the management board of the EU-funded Programme for Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism (ESRT) Development, in Tuy Hoa on January 20.

Huynh Ngoc An, a local resident, said he is fascinated by the idea as his family currently owns a large vegetable garden with a stunning view, offering strong potential for success in community-based tourism.

Other local farmers hope to receive more support from authorities in preparation for the promising industry, notably in professional cooking and tour guide training alongside infrastructure development.

Relevant bodies and provincial authorities agreed that the village has a competitive advantage to nurture community tourism but requires additional marketing efforts to promote itself as an attractive destination.

It is also proposed that training tours should be organised for local farmers to learn from the successful experience of the Tra Que organic vegetable village in central Quang Nam province.

Speaking at the conference, the programme’s Director Vu Quoc Tri pledged to work closely with local authorities and the community to boost tourism.

Located 3-4 kilometres away from the centre of Tuy Hoa city and surrounded by Da Rang River and Chua River, Ngoc Lang village is renowned for its tranquillity and scenic large flower and vegetable fields.

Optional tours will be designed for visitors to the village, including “Ngoc Lang vegetable village sightseeing”, “A day as vegetable growers” and “Homestay” at Ngoc Lang vegetable village.