Community Tourism Village in Vietnam Offers Ta Oi Experience

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Photo: Liem Nguyen/Tuoi Tre News

Photo: Liem Nguyen/Tuoi Tre News

The Ta Oi people in a remote district in the central Vietnamese province of Thua Thien-Hue now moonlight as tourism employees, offering tourists the opportunity to experience life as a member of an ethnic minority in Vietnam.

Since the establishment of the A Ka Community Tourism Village, a project backed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) nearly five years ago, members of the Ta Oi ethnic group have begun supplementing their farming incomes with jobs serving visiting tourists.

When visitors plan to tour the village, the A Ka villagers are notified to skip their farm work for the day and prepare to treat the visitors to a typical Ta Oi cultural experience.

The ADB-backed project has raked in $11,700 in tourism revenue, and $18,000 from selling the souvenir textiles.

Full story at Tuoi Tre News.

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