Dalat has been considered as a Little Paris in Vietnam for a long time. Besides the types of tourism that have become familiar to visitors in Dalat such as outdoor tourism, eco- tourism, adventure tourism, culture tourism..., the homestay tourism is emerging as an innovative and attractive type.
Mr. Nguyen Van Nam - Branch Director of Grand Circle Corporation (an American company specializes in developing cultural tourism) in Vietnam explains that customers participating in homestay tourism are often the old ones and desire to enjoy the tranquil and happy atmosphere, while families in Dalat have a warm and emotional style of living, and are very hospitable, therefore this type of tourism has attracted these customers.
Homestay tourism has attracted more and more international visitors to Dalat, and also increasingly contributes to the goal of "every Dalat citizen is a tourist guide." Joining homestay tour, visitors have opportunity to learn about daily life, custom of the locals, participate in their daily activities such as shopping, cooking, farming... while being guided by the locals to visit landscapes, cultural and historic relics of Dalat and the surrounding areas in their trips.
Ms. Mae Thu, a Chinese American tourist said, she was pleased with the homestay tours in Dalat. Dalat City in Vietnam has many similarities with China and the locals here are very close and friendly. While the couple from the United States - Maken and Tim, revealed that Dalat was real great. They felt living in Dalat as at home. In addition, information on travel services to reference, such as tours, sightseeing routes in the surrounding areas, air booking offices, foreign newspapers,... are very adequate.
Right from homestay tourism begin to be developed in Dalat, the local tourism-related businesses have been aware that this is a type of tourism associated with environmental protection. This is one of the criteria that visitors are very cared. To more and more develop homestay tourism, Lam Dong tourism authorities will organize training courses on communication and reception skills, tourism knowledge... for organizations and individuals working in community tourism in Dalat.