Destination development is a key term in the research and development of the tourism industry. There is no specific definition of destination development as the entire process depends on travel trends and travelers’ needs. The latest travel trend among sophisticated travelers inclines towards eco-tourism and hence this segment is a thriving sector in the tourism industry. Many destination developments are focused on eco-tourism. Every year, Southeast Asia welcomes millions of tourists, many of whom are repeat travelers or luxury travelers seeking for authentic experiences. So to make the destinations equally appealing like the first visit, destination development is highly essential with special attention on Southeast Asia eco-tourism and activities ensuring the sustainable development of the industry of Southeast Asia.
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Southeast Asia experienced the maximum worldwide growth of a number of tourists in the first quarter of 2018. The figure increased by 10% which is far ahead that the international average of 6% growth. So to continue with these statistics throughout the years to come, development in the overall Southeast Asia tourism is very crucial, especially eco-tourism destination development.
Adding one more milestone to destination development in Southeast Asia eco-tourism, many countries in this region are ready to open the doorways to new getaways for its travelers.
Banmauk in Myanmar- A New Eco-tourism and Smokeless Site
Being isolated for many years due to its civil turmoil, Myanmar is the most less-visited nation in Southeast Asia, although the country has overwhelming treasures that are incomparable to many of its neighboring countries. The recent growth in the number of tourists is exponential but the main attraction for Myanmar tours is limited to few destinations like Yangon, Mandalay, Inle Lake, Bagan and Irrawaddy River. Myanmar tourism is a slowly developing sector but the country is focusing on sustainable development to make it a dream destination in Southeast Asia eco-tourism.
Attractions in Banmauk
The mountainous terrain of the northwestern Sagaing region is the area of forest reserve with a wide miscellany of flora and fauna. Located nearly 20km away from Mandalay, Sagaing is cuddling on the bank of River Irrawaddy and is a home to numerous Buddhist monasteries and pagodas. The scenic beauty of Sagaing is mesmerizing with the gilded pagodas peeping from behind the hills. As you proceed north-west towards Banmauk, nature starts revealing its inner beauty with thick vegetation and Asian wildlife. Myanmar tourism department is focusing on destination development of Sagaing to promote the region as one of the most appealing Southeast Asia eco-tourism sites.
Banmauk is a resource-rich eco-tourism destination with a rich trove of greenery. The 180m high Zalon Mountain in the north-west of Banmauk is becoming the new attraction among discerning travelers who are keen to discover behind the scene destinations. So the Forest Department of Myanmar is developing the destination to represent it as Myanmar’s first site in the smokeless industry. The mountain rises to 927m above sea level and is surrounded by a number of mountains with height varying from 600m to 900m.
Zalon Mountain Pagoda is a very famous Buddhist pilgrimage site and many national and international tourists visit this pagoda every year. Besides these, there is a granite mountain which seems like an elephant and its natural beauty attracts a lot of visitors to Banmauk. The Ban Mauk monastery sits atop this mountain and is one of the famous sunset points in Sagaing. The official figures of tourist arrivals in Banmauk is a positive sign for Myanmar tourism as the number is increasing every year and the last peak season experienced a 50% increase which is highly significant for destination development of Banmauk.
Ho Tram in Vietnam- Virgin Beach Town
Owing to its extensive coastline, Vietnam is a very famous beach getaway destination in Southeast Asia tourism with Danang, Phu Quoc, Con Dao and Nha Trang as the most highlighted ones. These beach destinations have acquired enough fame and reputation among travel communities and so the immense popularity of Vietnam beach holidays draw huge footfalls every year, giving a significant surge to hospitality and tourism disciplines. However, for repeat travelers or for those discerning travelers seeking for a secluded beach escape to enjoy self-discovery leisure holiday, Ho Tram is the latest addition in the tourist map of Vietnam’s beach destinations.
Attractions in Ho Tram
Ho Tram is a virgin beach town in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province which is situated around 125 km from Ho Chi Minh City and takes around 2 hours by car or 90 minutes by ferry from the latter. Ho Tram offers a wide stretch of unspoiled sand and sea, ideal for swimming and relaxing under the sun. Bin Chau Hot Springs is another attractive destination in Ho Tram and offers a lot of relaxing mud baths and mineral spring baths. The region is also a home to an extensive rainforest with beautiful birds and wildlife. The Ho Tram Strip Kite Festival is another major attraction of this unspoiled beach destination. The skyline gets beautified with colorful creations while the sea enjoys a magnificent celebration on its shore. Ho Tram is the next-gen destination for a relaxing beach holiday in Vietnam.
Ho Tram is a well-known resort destination and the upcoming Ramada Kahuna on Ho Tram Strip added more spark on it. Nestled on a strategic location along the sea, Ramada Kahuna is an integrated leisurely resort with all modern facilities and amenities from luxury accommodations to condotels, casinos, golf course and a medley of gourmet restaurants. Developed with an aim to focus on Vietnam eco-tourism while preserving the 11,000 hectares of the natural reserve, Ramada Kahuna expects to welcome tourists all year round with special focus on short-trip travelers, bleisure travelers, and MICE in Vietnam.
Nam Ha in Laos – Redefining Southeast Asia Eco-tourism
Laos is one of the most attractive emerging tourist destinations in Southeast Asia, mostly because of its pristine scenic beauty, slow-paced lifeline, and eco-tourism sites. The northern regions of Luang Namtha province in North Laos are homes to many ethnic tribals and are one of the major attractions for Southeast Asia eco-tourism. Nam Ha is a national protected area in this province which has recently been selected among the top ten eco-tourism sites in Asia. The country’s tourism department is operating on Nam Ha Eco-Tourism Project (NHETP) in close association with UNESCO to develop it as a model eco-tourism destination in Asia.
Attractions in Nam Ha
A vast expanse of Nam Ha is under forested area which is not only a home to tropical flora and fauna but also the ethnic communities of ancient Indochina. Cuddling along the Nam Tha River, Nam Ha National Park welcomes the travelers to experience trekking, rafting, kayaking, camping, spotting wildlife, biking, meeting the locals, sampling freshly prepared and raw food collected from the forest and watching local wood craftsmen at work. Boat Landing Guest House is the most well-known eco-hotel in Nam Ha which offers riverside bungalows for its guests.
Besides the main attraction of Nam Ha National Park, Luang Namtha preserves a total of 109 tourist attractions which includes 10 historic sites, 44 cultural sites, and 55 natural sightseeing destinations. In 2017, Luang Namtha province recorded more than 7 hundred thousand visitors adding a huge impact to the local economy and overall Laos tourism. At the moment there are 10 hotels and resorts along with 98 guesthouses to accommodate its increasing visitors.
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