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Homestay Project in Ban Nam Ha “Khmu Village”
Background & Khmu Minority
The Khmu or their ancestors probably settled the area of present-day Laos several thousand years ago and are one of the most populous ethnic groups in Laos. Part of the Mon-Khmer branch of the Austro-Asiatic linguistic family, the Khmu are divided into many sub-groups including the Khmu Lue, Kwaen, Rok and Ou, with the majority of Khmu in Luang Namtha being Kwaen or Rok. Like many of the ethnic groups in northern Laos, the Khmu are not Buddhist, but practice their own form of animism.
The Khmu in Luang Namtha generally practice mixed economies, growing rice, hunting, gathering forest products and producing handicrafts to generate some cash income. Because the Khmu are highly knowledgeable about medicinal plants and are highly-skilled producers of woven rattan and bamboo basketry, many Khmu villages are regularly visited by tourists that purchase handicrafts and hire local guides to lead them on forest treks.
Tourism has become a new and important source of income for a number of Khmu villages in Luang Namtha and Vieng Phoukha District, especially in the villages located on the Ban Nam Ha.
CBT-Community Based Tourism in Ban Nam Ha “Khmu”
Community based tourism in Ban Nam Ha was initiated in 2010. It was developed in response to preserve natures, cultures and as an alternative source of income for local villagers. 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.
That is reason, the leader of the village try to contact private sector “Tour Operator” to setup Community Based Tourism, from 2010-2011 they organized trekking. But let income as from local guide only: 8 US$/day and service: 3 US$/time.
The beginning of 2012 the leader of the villages talks with tour operator about income…how to create more income? That we agree to setup homestay and other tourism activities as: group of husking rice, black smith, making bamboo basket “bamboo toys such as: birds, frogs, cup…” Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony, sword dance, short trek through jungle forest & participate in the day-to-day work of the family.
To date, 2 housed are able to cater for the homestay, 19 families in group of Baci-ceremony, sword dance & flute performance, 6 families in group of bamboo basket making, 11 families in groups of husking rice “by hand or foot”, 5 families in groups of blacksmith and 24 families in groups of local guide who experience natures and cultures.
Each group income such as: homestay 4 US$/night/person; food 4 US$/meal/person; Baci-ceremony, sword dance & flute performance 65 US$/time; bamboo basket making 12 US$/time; husking rice “by hand or foot” 12 US$/time; blacksmith 12 US$/time and local guide 8 US$/day.| to top |
Community Based Tourism Resources
Natural Tourism Resources
  • Nam Ha National Protected Area “Nam Ha NPA”
    Ban Nam Ha is located in the center of Nam Ha NPA, that’s easy for trek to explore real nature, which the name of Ban Nam Ha is from Nam Ha NPA.
    Established in 1993, the mountainous Nam Ha NPA stretches from the Chinese border through the middle of Namtha province, covering over 224,000 hectares and about 24% of the province. In 2003 the Nam Ha National Protected Area (NPA) was designated as an ASEAN Heritage Site. Nam Ha is contiguous with the 44,000 hectare Shiang Yong Protected Area in Yunnan, China. It is populated with ethnic minority groups and well known for a range of ecotourism activities.
    The Nam Ha NPA's landscape is very diverse, characterized by an ever changing mosaic of swidden fields and regenerating forests. Very old forest remains in a few remote areas due to inaccessibility. It is estimated that about 32% of the NPA is undisturbed or primary forest. Within the NPA boundaries two peaks top 2,000 meters and dozens of rivers and streams crisscross the NPA’s rugged landscape.
    More than 30 mammals inhabit Nam Ha NPA including rare tigers, leopards and gaurs (a large, wild cow) although large mammals are very hard to see. There are also some 300 bird species, such silver pheasants, blue and eared pitas, and a variety of bulbuls.
  • Nam Ha River
    Ban Nam Ha is located along the bank of Nam Ha River, where we organize tourism activities as: kayaking, rafting, fishing & swimming to explore nature along the river.
Cultural Tourism Resources
Art and culture is also abundant. There are a number of musical instruments made of bamboo. In addition, they have folk tales, proverbs and dance of their own such as the sword dance “Phorn Darp” and the bamboo-slapping dance “Phorn Thung Bung”. Other culture available as: husking rice, blacksmith, making bamboo basket and Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony. | to top |
Ecotourism Activities
Program tour. Homestay. The activities include experience the Khmu culture & tradition, taste local meals, learn how to husking rice, black smith, making bamboo basket “bamboo toys such as: birds, frogs, cup…” Khmu traditional Baci-ceremony, sword dance, short trek through jungle forest & participate in the day-to-day work of the family. | 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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