Exploiting the potential of trekking tourism in Mau Son
– Trekking is a picnic activity, walking, exploring on a long trail, interacting with nature. Currently, this type of tourism is forming in Mau Son area, Loc Binh district and attracting a lot of tourists. In order to exploit this potential well, over the past time, the tourism industry has paid attention to developing this type of tourism.
In early 2019, Mr. Dinh Van Hong – a freelance tour guide, decided to return to his hometown to connect trekking tours in Mau Son. Up to now, every year, on average, he brings about 10 to 20 trekking groups to Mau Son. Mr. Hong said: “Currently, I have created 2 trekking tours in Mau Son, including a day tour and a 2 day 1 night tour, all the tours are started from Na Mo village, Mau Son commune then go up to the foot and top of Mount Cha which situated at an altitude of 1,541m. The 2 days 1 night tour costs 1.5 million VND / person, if tourists bring their own food and tents, the price is 500,000 VND/person/day. Experiencing these tours, tourists can admire many beautiful and unspoiled scenes such as Phat Chi Mountain, grassy hillside, “the dinosaur spine”, ancient Spirit Land…”
Ms. Dinh Kim Tuyet, a tourist from Thanh Xuan district, Hanoi said: “I have experienced trekking tours in some provinces in the Northwest. However, I still only choose to return to the trekking tour in Lang Son because the scenery here is very beautiful, and the road is easy to go and save travel time.”
Tourists experience trekking tour “Conquering Cha mountain peak” (photo taken before April 2021)
Mrs. Tuyet’s feeling is also the feeling of many tourists when coming to the trekking tour in Mau Son. It is known that trekking tourism officially appeared in Mau Son (Loc Binh) from 2019. In the period of 2019 – 2020, this type of tourism has attracted over 3,000 tourists. In particular, in the first 9 months of 2021, there were nearly 500 tourists experiencing this type of tourism. However, this new type of tourism is still developing on small-scale with spontaneous nature.
In order to develop this new type of tourism in a more methodical and professional way, over the past time, the culture, sports and tourism department has promoted the research and exploitation of the potential of this type of tourism. Specifically, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism coordinated with the People’s Committees of districts: Cao Loc, Loc Binh and other businesses to survey and evaluate tourism resources in Mau Son to orientate the construction of new tourism development models, including trekking … From there, calling for tourism businesses to invest, exploit and develop into professional tourism products.
In particular, from 2020 to now, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism has coordinated to organize training and certification for 40 students who are tour guides in adventure tourism, trekking… The department has also made about 100 news, articles, and photos to propagate and promote new tourism potentials in Mau Son. In addition, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism assigned the Provincial Investment, Tourism Promotion Center to be the focal point to connect tourism businesses to survey, promote potential and create new tourism products.
Ms. Tran Thi Bich Hanh, Director of the Provincial Investment, Tourism Promotion Center said: “Since the beginning of 2021, the unit has coordinated to organize 2 surveys to assess tourism potential in Mau Son. Thereby, we found that Mau Son is very suitable for trekking tourism. At the end of September 2021, the center will continue to organize a Famtrip (form of tourism designed to learn, get acquainted, and promote) to survey some tourist attractions, including Mau Son. From there, advising on building and exploiting new tourism models.”
It is known that recently, some businesses have planned to invest in this new tourism product in Lang Son. Mr. Nong Duc Tho, Director of Trading and Investment Joint Stock Company – Hung Thinh Group said: “We are planning to build a project called “Mieu Son Ecolode” (Mau Son eco-resort), in which, the type of trekking tourism will maximize its effectiveness. This form also uses 90% of local residents in the process of providing services to tourists, thereby contributing to creating jobs and stable income for residents.”
With the attention of all levels, functional sectors and directions above. It is believe that, in the not too distant future, when this type of trekking tourism is invested methodically and professionally, it will contribute to better exploit the diverse potential of the majestic Mau Son mountain region