Safe vegetables grown to serve tourists

Located in Pa Vi Ha hamlet of Pa Vi commune, the village is preserving special cultural features of the H’mong ethnic minority people who account for more than 78% of the population in Meo Vac district. 

To preserve architecture and cultural identity of the H’mong people and create jobs to raise locals’ income, the Northern province of Ha Giang developed a plan on building the village. The project’s construction started in late 2016 and was completed in April 2019.  

At present, the village is home to 26 households, of which 18 households are doing business in tourism. Nguyen Thi Hang’s Meo Vac Clay house is the most active homestay in preserving and popularizing the culture of the H’mong people to tourists. Apart from attractive architecture, the homestay has organized various programs imbued with the H’mong culture on Saturday nights to attract tourists. Since it was put into operation, the homestay has created regular jobs for from 30 to 35 locals. Each of them earns from VND 6 to 8 million/month.

Luxurious, spacious, close-to-nature bedroom

H’mong Tho Mi Gau and his wife Sung Thi Pa in Pa Vi Ha hamlet have been working for Meo Vac Clay house Homestay for more than four years. Apart from the average monthly income of VND 15 million, the couple’s social insurance payments are covered by the homestay. Gau and his wife always feel happy being employed by Hang since they have not only a stable monthly income, but also more free time to take care of their children and parents.

Meo Vac Clay house Homestay also consumes and popularizes local agriculture products to customers. Notably, Hang rents more than 4,000sq.m of locals’ land to grow safe vegetables as ingredients for the homestay’s dishes. Hang’s vegetable garden has helped create more jobs for local people.   

Various programs imbued with the H’mong culture held on Saturday nights to attract tourists

In addition, ten H’mong households in the village have made the most of leftover food from the homestay to raise pigs, thus helping them raise their living-standards and protect the environment. 

Meo Vac Clay house Homestay has 45 rooms which are built with the combination of traditional and modern styles of the H’mong’s architecture. The price is from VND 600,000 to 1.8 million/night. It mainly serves traditional dishes of the H’mong people, coffee, and drinks and has a souvenir shop selling local people’s products.

Hang, the homestay’s owner, said that knowing locals’ difficulties, she wants to help them enhance their living standards by creating more jobs to raise their income. Apart from that, she desires to preserve traditional culture, especially cultural features of the H’mong people.     

Foreign tourists to homestays

Head of Meo Vac’s Information and Culture Division Nguyen Van Luu said that homestays in the village have significantly contributed to creating economic breakthroughs, raising locals’ living standards, and preserving local culture. 

The H’mong community tourism and culture village in Pa Vi is one of the favorite destinations of both domestic and international tourists. Annually, the number of tourists to the village accounts for two thirds of those to Meo Vac.

Translated by Tran Hoai