YBO - Over recent years, sports tourism has been introduced into Vietnam and is gaining popularity in the Southeast Asian nation. Yen Bai province has grasped the opportunity, especially the “golden” period, to recover the local tourism sector. The province has seriously invested in sport tourism, making it an impulse to attract more visitors.
Athletes run through terraced fields
With special cultural and tourism resources, Yen Bai boasts potential and advantages to promote this kind of tourism.
The province has focused on developing sport tourism products and hosting sport events at both provincial and national levels.
Last year, the People’s Committee of the mountainous district of Mu Cang Chai and Viet Jungle Company co-organised the Mu Cang Chai Ultra Trail Marathon.
The race brought together 750 athletes competing in different categories - 15 km, 25 km and 50 km. They ran along mountain slopes and terraced fields, where they explored traditional cultural values in Mu Cang Chai.
Paragliding over Mu Cang Chai terraced fields
Athlete Pham Hoang Tung, who travelled a lot and participated in many tournaments of this kind, said he was most impressed by the landscape and cuisines in Yen Bai.
The runner said he plans to return to Mu Cang Chai in 2023 for the race, and to learn more about the land.
Tourism development in combination with sport events has been seen as fresh wind blowing through Yen Bai. In order to bring into full play its potential, strengths, terrain and unique identities, the locality has coordinated in organising paragliding festivals and motor and auto racing.
Attractive climbing tours in Yen Bai
In addition, local tourist sites have offered such services as kayak, cycling, and golf to lure more holidaymakers. Travel firms have also joined hands to launch trekking tours.
Viettreking Travel Services JSC has launched climbing tours conquering the 2,865-m Ta Xua peak, one of the 15 highest mountains in Vietnam, which is dubbed as "dinosaur-back" by backpackers in Ban Cong commune, Tram Tau district, along with others exploring Ta Chi Nhu and Lung Cung mountainous.
Forest lanes in the afternoon
On the top of Ta Chi Nhu Mountain
Boat racing on Thac Ba Lake
Along with beautiful natural landscapes, Mu Cang Chai district of Yen Bai district is also home to the unique cultural identities of Mong and Thai ethnic minority groups, and various traditional values of local communities’ traditional customs, festivals, crafts, costumes and cuisine.
Camping has been chosen by many young people for their holidays over the recent years. In anticipation of that trend, some businesses and individuals in Yen Bai province have set up campsites to take full advantage of natural landscapes and attract tourists to the locality.
The northern province of Yen Bai welcomed over 121,000 visitors during the five-day holidays from April 29 to May 3, an increase of 70.2% compared to that the same period last year.
With diverse and unique potential, Yen Bai is a famous tourist destination in the north, as it welcomes millions of visitors every year. In addition to pristine landscapes and attractive indigenous cultures, the western localities of the province have launched many new and attractive tourism products for the five-day national holiday of Hung Kings Commemoration Day, National Reunification and May Day.