Overcoming 260 nominations from 60 other countries, Tan Hoa village in Quang Binh province, Vietnam, was honored as “The best tourist village in the world.”
When talking about tourism in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam, the most famous destination that comes to mind for many tourists is the natural wonder of Son Doong cave. However, a new star named Tan Hoa village has recently emerged on the local tourist map. While Tan Hoa village has been known and visited by some tourists, it hasn’t gained widespread fame until now.
The village was recently recognized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as the best tourist village in the world for 2023. Tan Hoa village is the sole representative of Vietnam on this prestigious list, which included 260 nominations from 60 different countries. Travelers might be curious about what makes this small village in Quang Binh so exciting for experts.
Weather Adaptation in Tan Hoa Village
Tan Hoa village is situated in the commune of the same name, Minh Hoa district, Quang Binh province, more than 70km from the renowned Son Doong natural cave. Despite being located in a large and flat valley, the village is surrounded by majestic rolling limestone mountains. The scenic landscape is further enhanced by the presence of the Rao Nan River, dividing the valley into two banks and serving as a focal point for the indigenous people of Tan Hoa.
Before earning the title of the “Best tourist village in the world,” Tan Hoa village was known as the “flood navel” of the Northwest region of Quang Binh province. Due to its location, the village experienced annual flooding from September to November, subjecting it to natural disasters and rainstorms. However, after the historic flood in 2010, measures were taken to help the community adapt to the weather. Floating houses with barrels tied underneath were introduced, allowing the houses to float during floods. Additionally, sturdy houses with stainless steel frames, leak-proof corrugated iron walls, and roofs were constructed. These measures have enabled the people of Tan Hoa to face the flood season without fear, allowing them to focus on work, business, and improving their lives.
Tourism Development through Nature and Local Culture
The “World’s Best Tourism Village” award is a global initiative that aims to recognize villages promoting tourism strengths while preserving local values, products, and lifestyles. Tan Hoa village has been implementing these principles for over a decade.
With its pristine natural landscape and a commitment to ecological sustainability, Tan Hoa village is positioned to develop as an ecological tourism destination. The village has successfully adapted to the weather while offering a variety of experiences for visitors. Notably, the village has gained prominence through the Tu Lan cave system, officially opened to tourists in 2014. This cave system, featuring dry and water caves, serves as the starting point for adventure tours ranging from one to four days. Visitors can engage in unique activities such as swimming in an underground river, admiring colorful stalactites, and camping in the primeval forest next to streams, lakes, and waterfalls.
In the ten years since its opening, the Tu Lan cave system has attracted over 10,000 domestic and international tourists annually. Other forms of eco-tourism and community-based experiences in Tan Hoa village include off-road motorbike exploration of the ironwood forest, living and dining in local homes, and relaxing at homestays surrounded by the fresh mountain air. Despite its history as a flood-prone area, Tan Hoa village has seen significant development, with spacious houses catering to tourists. The active involvement of indigenous people in providing tourism services has not only contributed to the village’s income but has also improved the overall quality of life.