Experience Dao life, stay in traditional stilt house and swim into the sunset, cruise traditional boats on Thac Ba Lake, rent bamboo raft, rent a bicycle and explore Ngoi Tu village.
What to experience?
La Vie Vu Linh is a large stilt house, an old beautiful precious-wood house that has been converted into an ecolodge. It is capable of sleeping up to 60 people in a range of accommodation from cosy pretty dormitory to studio apartments with en-suite facilities in a house also on stilts, but with a radically different design from the traditional one, although wholly constructed from natural materials, mainly by compressed bamboo and wood.
Homestays are also available on request in four houses in the nearby village. The interior of the stilt house is a mixture of traditional and environmentally friendly designs and construction techniques.
There are plenty of tourism activities on offer for the all family. The lake is an infinite source of exploration. You can go for a short cruise on Thac Ba Lake in traditional boats, rent a bamboo raft, or explore Ngoi Tu village by bike. Trek through the forest searching for medicinal plants with Mrs Nhat, or go swimming, and finally just chill out and play ping-pong, badminton, petanque or chess.
You can stay as long as you like, and share in daily activities, such as agricultural activities, cooking, building, construction of traditional boats, dancing, planting trees…
How does it help?
La Vie Vu Linh is part of a sustainable development project initiated 13 years ago by a local farmer, Mr Tuong Van Thuong and his family, in partnership with Mr Frederic Tiberghien (Fredo-Binh) who runs a tour operator. It includes four main goals for development: education, environment, culture and ecotourism. The project has established a school and includes a focus on tourism development. Extra classes have been introduced in French, English, cooking, traditional culture and computer training. All staff and tourist guides are employed and trained locally, and apprentices are sent to restaurants in Hanoi to broaden their experience.
Overall the tourism development project provides full time employment for 20 people. Nearly all of the produce consumed is sourced from nearby households; 26 families benefit directly from it. The project also helps in supporting the initiatives of some who start their own business, like fish farming, or fruit tree planting.
The latest initiative is an agro-forestry project to increase fruit production, and to diversify the current monoculture mainly based on paper tree plantations – eucalyptus, manioc, cassava, and fast growing acacias. Last but not least, La Vie Vu Linh is environmentally friendly, composting, recycling, developing biogas, treating waste and spreading the good practices in surrounding households and villages.
Ward 18, Binh village of Yen district, Yen Binh, Yen Bai Province, Vietnam
Telephone: 84 (0) 2 988 7908
Fax: 84 (0) 2 988 7908
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Website : www.lavievulinh.com