Virtual tours highlighting the stunning beauty and culture of the resort town of Sapa in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai have allowed local people and foreigners to "take a holiday at home" during the COVID-19 lockdown. The tours have been developed by Vu Thi Ngoc Huong, a Giay ethnic minority girl in Ta Van commune. Vu Thi Ngoc Huong always begins her virtual tours like this. Today she introduces visitors to the beauty of the untouched Y Linh Ho village in San Sa Ho commune, as well as traditional costumes and musical instruments of the Mong ethnic minority. This is the fifth online tour Huong has organised since July. She has held trekking tours to Mong village in Lao Chai and the Muong Hoa Valley, and tours to discover ancient rocks and hot springs in Ho village. Each tour costs 50,000 VND (2.2 USD) per visitor, and are held every Sunday morning. Instead of the usual popular destinations like the town centre, Cat Cat village, and Ham Rong village, Hướng takes her visitors on virtual tours to discover Giáy ethnic minority culture or to experience the Wednesday fair in Sín Chéng commune – Si Ma Cai district. She… Read full this story
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