In a recent visit to Binh Phuoc province, it came as a surprise to me to see a new face of the commune.

It is about 70km from Dong Xoai town to the commune. Upgraded National Highway No.14 makes traffic in the locality easier. Along the highway are lines of rubber and cashew trees.

Trees looked greener and fresher after previous days’ rain, bringing a pure atmosphere to the locality.

Model structure of a house and people recapturing traditional culture of the S’tieng ethnic minority group 
Coming to Bom Bo commune after noon time, what surprised me was the S’tieng ethnic minority cultural reserve project whose first phase has already been completed. The project has given the commune a new look. It is easy to recognize newly-built roads, modern lighting, electricity and water systems there.

The project includes a wide festival ground for cultural and tourism events; a re-settlement area which will be home to households with good credits to the revolution of Vietnam and those who are village patriarchs and artisans; and four halls of fame to store and recapture traditional culture of the S’tieng ethnic minority group.

Among new facilities in Bom Bo commune, I was impressed by the structure recapturing the image of the S’tieng ethnic minority people pounding rice to feed troops during the anti-American resistance war for national salvation. The image heightening the close ties between people and troops makes visitors moved and proud.

In the second stage of the project, a gateway, service houses, a dam and an eco-tourism area will be constructed.

To lure more tourists to the commune, the management board of the S’tieng ethnic minority cultural reserve has called for more donations of traditional devices from local people. A specially-designed elephant-riding service together with other local traditional products and cuisine are hoped to please  tourists.

Before leaving Bom Bo commune, I enjoyed a simple meal made of local greens, which helped me learn more about  the life and culture of the S’tieng ethnic minority group.

Bom Bo commune has changed gradually and is expected to be a tourist attraction in the Southeastern region.

Written by Hoa Lu

Translated by Mai Huong