As one of the tourist hotspots of Vietnam, Halong Bay is becoming more sensitive to the need for sustainable tourism.
The most important idea when it comes to sustainable tourism is to leave a positive impact on the environment that you visit. This involves wildlife, landscape, and local people as well and means using local transportation, buying from local shops. eating the local food and being mindful of parting with your waste.
Eco-tourism in and around Halong Bay is still its infancy stage however, there are some internationality recognized eco- travel programs and partnerships that tourists can keep an eye out for.
Community-based tourism enables visitors to see aspects of local life that they wouldn’t normally see, like customary rituals, wildlife, and the local traditional way of life. Because of these special experiences, the community becomes more aware of both the social and commercial value of their cultural heritage. Through this, the community can be preserved and locals can make a good living. Local government and tourist agents in Halong Bay are in the process of developing sustainable tourism.
On Halong Bay’s most popular activity when it comes to sustainable tourism is a visit to floating villages. Various tourist organizations offer trips to these villages where tourists are immersed in the local way of life. You will be able to experience what it’s like to be a fisherman in one of the floating villages in Halong Bay. It’s even possible to do everyday chores and share a meal with the locals at the end of the day. Vung Vien and Cua Van are the most popular destinations and a trip usually lasts a day.
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