Our main goal with our responsible travel ethic is to provide a sustainable income stream for Bho Hoong village without sacrificing the traditional beliefs and customs of the local people. At the same time giving visitors a unique chance for cultural interaction and exchange.
In order to achieve this goal, Bho Hoong Bungalows has worked with the villagers and their leaders to ensure that they believe in, understand and value the projects we help set up. The key to any project such is this is creating a sense of ownership among the local people, involving them in a project that they believe in. Without ownership a community-based project such as ours cannot not last and it makes future projects all that more difficult to initiate. The more aware the locals are of the value Western tourists place in their unique culture the more enthusiastic they are about preserving it and sharing it with others.
During the building and day to day running of Bho Hoong Bungalows we source all of our supplies, food and materials from local communities. We also employ indigenous villagers to help throughout the duration of stay. A key part of the Bho Hoong Bungalows initiative, and one that we are very proud of, is guide training. We educate and train enthusiastic locals to be our guides and this provides an additional income stream for the village and gives them valuable experience for future pursuits. Finally, the revenue generated from our Bho Hoong Bungalows is put back into the community through educational, health and environmental initiatives.
Every traveler who stays at Bho Hoong village pays a compulsory fee. This goes directly to the Bho Hoong village management committee, a local committee established by the ILO (www.ilo.org) to manage tourism development within the village. This fee is covered within the tour price and helps build a sustainable future for the local villagers.
Through these responsible travel initiatives we hope to enhance the living conditions of the community, maintain and improve the local natural environment whilst enriching the travellers’ experience.
Co Tu & Bho Hoong Facts
The Co Tu dialect is not realted to Vietnamese and instead shares its roots with the Lao tongue.”