The 100 sq.m old wooden house owned by Nguyen Thi Thai, 66, in Tuan Mau commune, Son Dong district, Bac Giang province, has become a stop-over for many foreign tourists over the two years when they visited the northern locality.

Each year, Hanoi-based travel agencies arrange between of 10 and 14 groups of seven to 10 tourists each, mostly from France, the UK and Sweden, to explore and experience untouched landscapes here.

Holiday-makers have a chance to discover themselves the Dao ethnic minority group’s typical culture, such as brocade costumes making, traditional festivals and local specialties. They even join the locals’ farming works by fetching firewood in mountains, growing or harvesting rice and breeding figs.

Thai’s family provides a comfortable accommodation and prepares traditional meals for visitors.

“I’m happy to welcome foreign visitors at my house. This is a good opportunity for us to introduce the traditional culture and understand more foreign lifestyles,” Thai said.

Trips including a homestay with local families are popular among foreign tourists. Bac Giang, populated by ethnic minorities and with traditional craft villages, has become an attractive destination for the holiday-makers.

An Lac commune in Son Dong district is also a homestay destination. Since 2009, the non-governmental organisation Trentino Voluntary Group (GTV) and the Trento province, Italy, have invested nearly 200,000 EUR to support the model’s development.