Lao Chai & Taphin
A community tourism training project by Capilano University and Hanoi Open University has helped build capacity in these two remarkable communities – Taphin and Lao Chai – so that the benefits of increased tourist visits are distributed widely in the villages and the tourist experience is made positive for the visitor and host alike.
One of the observable successes of the project has been the development of authentic, cultural homestays in the villages. For the most part, these homestays have been created and are run by women. The greater majority of the women in the villages have never had the opportunity to go to school, however they are now running their own businesses out of their homes.