Many visitors are surprised when visiting Triem Tay (Dien Ban town, Quang Nam) because right at the end of the Thu Bon river, nearby Hoi An ancient town, there is a very attractive tourist destination in a village.
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Mr. Nguyen Hien, director of Triem Tay Community Tourism, said that not long ago, Triem Tay was a land that was smaller gradually every rainy season. Every time when the flood comes, the people find other places to stay to avoid the landslide.
"Before the tourist site was born, many of the people in Triem Tay had to leave their village to find a new way to make a living, because in addition to the worry about landslides, small land is not enough to give the villagers a peaceful life. None of them dared to think that the village would change significantly like today", Hien said.
A countryside tourist site
Cam Kim Bridge spanned two banks of the river a couple of months ago but it has helped the village of Triem Tay vibrant considerably. Turn right after passing the bridge, the silhouette of the people reflected on the water continuously move along boats on the rivers.
Wandering around in the small village, following the path and then you will get to the land which is now a popular tourist destination – the head" of the tourist village of Triem Tay community.
Impressed immediately for those who first come here are the old green roads bending themselves in the palm trees.
On both sides of the road, the fences made by green tea trees are beautifully and neatly cut, making people forget about a vibrant Hoi An.
Perhaps only in this community tourist village, the small roads that are only enough for two people to walk also have road sign witranquil village space, visitors to Triem Tay can also learn sea grass weaving, cook Quang noodles, take care of ornamental plants, grow organic vegetables or visit two ancient houses of the Vo Thi family and Vo Dai family, around 300 years old.
In 2014, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) in cooperation with Dien Ban district organized English classes for native people.
The training courses about skills needed for community-based tourism development, garbage management, and household waste management have been organized for them for the past 2 years.
Pham Thi Khanh (58 years old), a mat waver in the village, said that the skilled villagers like hẻ also can speak English very well after the training courses.
Previously Mrs. Khanh weaved mats, and her husband paddled to bring mats to Hoi An to sell and then to Duy Vinh (Duy Xuyen) to buy material, so the income was very uncertain.
"Now, Western guests come ofteh the name of the neighborhood.
In addition to enjoying the tn, they see me weaving and have a look at home. They walk around the house to see how we live, how to raise poultry. Some people take pictures, some others buy mats. My husband also works in the tourist company and does not need to row a boat as before", Khanh said.
Keep the village by the embankment of ecology
Duong Phu Thu, a resident of the village, said that around 2009, when the landslide hit the house, his family also intended to pack their belongings and move to other villages to build their houses.
He was very surprising to know someone wanted to rent land for tourism activities, but after this project was implemented, everything in Triem Tay changed radically.
According to Mr. Thu, the man who has made the "cemetery" into a community tourist site is the architect Bui Kien Quoc (72 years old, French overseas Vietnamese), living in Hoi An.
Bringing visitors under the cool bamboo shade, Mr. Bui Kien Quoc said that he fell in love with the village from the first sight with pure, rustic and beautiful countryside, although Hoi An is only in the other side of river. Hence he decided to invest in a tourism project.
"The most difficult thing is to develop tourist activities without breaking the pure surrounding landscape, especially avoid building concrete embankment and affect the surrounding areas", Quoc said.
Mr. Quoc went around the village for consultation, but everyone said that the bamboo was not strong enough to protect the village.
In the afternoons when rowing around the village, he was advised about plants that can live with the flood. From there, an ecological embankment with three levels formed to protect in front of the bamboos of the village.
Accordingly, the first embankment is made from reed, a plant that can plug their roots in water. The second layer is grass root system to hold the soil to reduce impact on the embankment.
The third layer, about 3 meters, is vetiver grass that is: the "champion" of the ability to cling and create a green carpet at the beginning of the village.
Up to now, this ecological terraced embankment has gone through more than four challenging seasons, but everything seems to be very well, no landslide like the phenomenon in resorts along Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An.
"Since the embankment was formed, the government hasn’t had to invest money against the erosion, the people of Triem Tay do not lose land but also have more income when they have stable jobs," said Mr. Quoc.
End the exile
Mr. Duong Van Ca, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Dien Phuong Commune, admitted that in the past, he never dreamt of the prosperity of Triem Tay as it is today. Instead of moving to Hoi An to make a living, Triem Tay is also attracting labor from other places to work, because this land is becoming the most potential place to develop tourism of the district.