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Chim islet - A successful model of community-based tourism model in Tra Vinh, Vietnam

Xin chào (Hello) from Vietnam!

So recently, as a part of a TOURIST workshop on community-based tourism, me and the team from USSH-HCM had had a one-day trip to Chim islet, Tra Vinh.

The Chim islet is located on the Co Chieng river of Tra Vinh province, in the south east of Vietnam. With the total area of 60 hectares and the population of 220 people. This community-based tourism model was developed by a group of scholars and local authorities with the vision of creating a better life for the people living on it. By turning the islet into a tourist destination, there is an alternative source of income for farmers there instead of solely depending on agriculture, which may not be stabled for many external factors such as weather, tide abnormalities, etc.

Ever since its opening for business in 2019, Chim islet has been an excellent example of sustainable community-based tourism for tourists to experience. Tourism services on Chim islet include: biking tour, various homemade cuisines, coconut drinking at hammock rest stop, folk games, etc. In terms of sustainability, services are provided by the local community, materials and goods are mainly self-supply. Moreover, the number of tourists for each visit is limited to make sure it does not exceed the capacity of this islet.

Overall, I strongly believe that Chim islet has great potential to become a successful community-based tourism destination in Mekong Delta. Plus, this is a great destination for relaxing in the peaceful atmosphere of Vietnamese countryside.

Here is an article that feature Chim islet:

Trang Le

Thank you for sharing this example, Trang Le! Very interesting reading.  Good to hear that they limit the number of visitors from the very beginning on. Do you know how they do it and how many visitors do they allow daily/weekly or what is the measurement?

Leena Grönroos

Leena Grönroos
Senior lecturer
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Dear Trang Le, i can only undeline the comment of Leena. Very impressiv, but unfortunately, there is not so much in the article about specific approaches and methods. Would be nice to hear more about that, thanks.

Ceterum censeo mutationem climae esse vincendem.

(Incidentally, I think that global warming must be defeated) 


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