Pac Ngoi Village is one of the most traditional villages in Bac Kan province, where there are many ethenic group is living, especially Tay people. It is well-known for Ba Be lake, which is a landscape in Vietnam. A decade ago, the idea arose of using the stilt houses and the local people’s hospitality to promote tourism. Now providing homestay service has become a popular way of earning a living for Pac Ngoi villagers. It is 2 kilometers from the Ba Be Lake crossroads to Pac Ngoi village. Pac Ngoi is located between an alluvial plain full of corn stalks and a range of rocky mountains.
Tourists make Troi cake with locals
Since then Toan and other Pac Ngoi villagers have been offering homestay service. As the number of tourists has increased more and more local families have decided to invest in larger stilt houses. Toan says that what makes visitors satisfied is living in a friendly, happy environment and eating delicious meals cooked and served by Tay people.
Visitors come to Pac Ngoi, which is in the middle of Ba Be National Park, to see stilt houses and listening to Then and Sli singing, the typical music of Tay ethnic people.
“Everyone in the village has lived in stilt houses for a long time. In 2004, a company asked me to provide accommodation for foreign visitors. I decided to upgrade my house. 20 other households in the village have followed suit. I have 10 private rooms and a big room which can hold a group of 15 to 20 people. We provide foods and drinks for all guests. We cook it ourselves and they are very satisfied,” Toan explained.
Jean Francois, a French tourist, told about his impression “Ba Be is widely known. The local people are friendly and tidy. They cook very well. I prefer doing homestay because the locals cook better than a restaurant. A homestay lets me experience the daily life of the locals.”