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Homestay Project in Ban Nam Dee "Lanten Village"
Background & Lanten Minority
Lanten MinorityThe Lanten wear distinctive black indigo-dyed cotton clothing with pink trim and silver jewelry. They too have migrated south from China over the past hundred years or so, bringing cultural practices and beliefs based on a mix of Taoism, ancestor and spirit worship. The Lanten live primarily along the province’s smaller rivers and streams, and are sometimes referred to as Lao Houay, meaning “stream Lao.” The Lanten produce high quality cotton cloth, wooden ceremonial masks and durable bamboo paper. Like the closely related Yao, they have a well-developed writing system based on ancient Chinese characters. Men record religious texts, rituals and legends on bamboo paper that is produced by Lanten women.
One place that Lanten ceremonial masks are still being made is in Nam Lue Village. Mr. Lao Lee, a Lanten shaman that lives in Nam Lue village reports that the production of these masks almost completely stopped from the mid 1970’s until the late 1990’s, when it was revived due to a combination of support from the government to strengthen cultural industries and tourist’s interest in purchasing them.
The Community Based Tourism “CBT”
Lanten Community Based TourismCommunity based tourism in Ban Nam Dee was initiated in 2003. It was developed in response to preserve natures and as an alternative source of income for local villagers. According to the village headman, as poverty is still a main problem in the area, there is a need to generate jobs and income for villagers in order to prevent them from illegal forest encroachment.
The original idea of community based tourism was raised by The Community Based Eco-Tourism Project (CBETP) - funding from New Zealand and ADB’s Mekong Tourism Development Project (2003-2008) though Luang Namtha Provincial of Information, Culture & Tourism Department (PICTD) and the Phou Iu Travel & Eco-Tours.
At that time, we had training programs and study tours on ecotourism supported by the project. Based on our experiences, we saw a potential of ecotourism resources in the village.  These include both physical and cultural resources. Then we discussed that idea with the people in the village. Once the agreement had been reached among the small group of leaders, the village’s forum was organized to discuss and agree Lanten Traditional Baciabout “the community based tourism”. With assistance from the project & Phou Iu Travel & Eco-Tours, the community based tourism was first implemented in 2003.
The ecotourism activities included village sightseeing, waterfall, cultural shows, homestay and participate in the day-to-day work of the family. For homestay, only 2 houses were available at the beginning. To date, 5 houses are able to cater for the homestay. The formal opening of community based tourism was held on 2005. Various training programs were organized to strengthen the management system of community based tourism organization.  In addition, the PICTD sponsored the research program in identifying an appropriate model for community based tourism in Ban Nam Dee.  This action research helps villagers familiar with the concept of ecotourism. | to top |
Community Based Tourism Resources
Natural Tourism Resources
  • Natural Tourism Resources in Ban Nam DeeForest Resources. Available in the top of the villages is surrounded by the forest area with the domination of hill evergreen forest; the area has a high diversity of tree species. This community forest serves as a source of non-timber forest products and campsite for ecotourism.
  • Nam Dee Waterfall. There is one small waterfall originated from the natural stream in Ban Nam Dee.  The area around the waterfall offers good facilities, like a small handicraft shop managed by the villagers; toilets and a house for picnics.
Cultural Tourism Resources
  • Culture and Way of Life. Ban Nam Dee is Lao Huay (Lanten) that still keeps their traditional culture and way of life; it possesses a unique Northern Laos culture. They have their own traditional customs that major tourism attraction.Bamboo and Mulberry Bark Paper
  • Bamboo and Mulberry Bark Paper. The Lanten make a durable paper out of bamboo that was traditionally used to record ancient religious texts and legends. This rough brown parchment is made from finely pounded bamboo pulp that is thinly spread across a large sheet of cotton and then dried in the sun. The paper is still used for its traditional purposes, and is also now made into photo albums, journals and lamp shades, some accented with the Lanten script. Upon entering a Lanten home, one will notice a small spirit altar on the wall near the middle of the house that may have bits of bamboo or mulberry bark paper hanging from it. This paper, like other ritual items, should not be disturbed by anyone expect the owners of the house or a shaman that is invited to perform cLanten Embroideryertain ceremonies associated with it. The best time to see bamboo paper making is during the months of January-March.
  • Embroidery. Most of Luang Namtha’s ethnic groups embroider patterns based on the natural ormystical world into their traditional clothing using cotton or silk thread. The fine needlework seen on an authentic Yao woman’s colorful pants, tunic and turban may take her up to one year to complete. Equally colorful and difficult to make is the traditional Hmong clothing that can be seen during the Hmong New Year’s festival in December/January each year. The Lanten embroider bags, shirts and children’s hats with colorful cotton patterns. Almost as intricate as a Yao woman’s costume are Lanten and Yao shaman’s robes. These robes have dragon and celestial motifs that are very difficult to produce.
  • Occupation Groups. Various occupation groups exist in the community. These include the local guide group, the traditional music group, the bamboo paper making group, homestay, the handicraft group. These occupation groups serve as tourism attraction. | to top |
Ecotourism Activities
Bamboo and Mulberry Bark Ecotourism Activities in Ban Nam Dee VillagesTo date, around 1,500 tourists visit Ban Nam Dee annually and 300 are catered for by the homestay. Hundred per cent of the homestay tourists are foreigners. Income generated from ecotourism is about 10,000 US$ per annum. This figure increased from 2,000 US$ in 2005. Each homestay household usually obtains 400-500 US$ income per annum and 10 percent of incomes are allocated to village development as follows: 5 percent to the village development fund, and 5 percent as the compensation to the Community Based Tourism Committee. The income generated from ecotourism has funded various community welfare programs, ranging from infrastructure to forest conservation.
Program tour. Homestay. The activities include village sightseeing, cultural show, merit making, and tree planting. The tourists will learn and participate in various activities of the occupation groups.  At night, the accommodation is provided.  Usually, one house will cater about five homestay tourists.  Under this program, it is limited to 10 tourists per trip. | For detail read more |
What you pay for when you join community based tourism:
Where your money go Laos CBT
General Service Fee “US$”
Description Pay Direct to Money Amount Around The Money will Use for
Tour permit, Laos National Tourism Fund 3%: Luang Namtha Tourism Department 5 US$/person Doing marketing, monitoring, tourism development, provincial guide training…
Food & Water 13%: Local village 4 US$/person/meal  
Community Based Tourism "CBT" Activities 23%: Local village Cultural performance: 25 US$/time; traditional Baci-ceremony: 25 US$/time; CBT Activities “such as :husking rice “by hand or foot”, black smith, making bamboo basket “bamboo toys: birds, frogs, cup…” & participate in the day-to-day work of the family: 7 US$/each activities  
Accommodation “Homestay” 10%: Local “owner homestay” 4 US$/Night/person  
Transportation 9%: Driver Tuk Tuk: 25 US$/time; Motorbike: 15 US$/Day; Bicycles: 10 US$/Day  
Guide Fees 13% Local guide and village guide Leader guide who speak English: 15 US$/day; Local guide: 8 US$/day  
Handicrafts 5%: Local village Each: 5 SS$  
Village Service 3%: Local village Each time: 5 US$  
Village Fund 2%: Local village 2 US$/person/time Village tourism development, training, managements…etc.
Tour Service 17%: Phou Iu Travel and Eco-tourism, village partnership 12-15 US$/person Marketing, Office Management, Officer salary, small benefit…
Provincial tax 2%: Provincial tax 1 US$/person  
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