Awakening Potential Tourism in Dak Nong Province

2:59:40 PM | 25/5/2007

“Dak Nong is beautiful, poetic and superb.” This is the opinion of visitors to this land. Secluded and mysterious scenery of an untouched world is waiting discovery by visitors.
Nature and culture
Dak Nong is endowed with impressive scenery like high waterfalls, wildlife conservation gardens and cultural and historical relics. This area is home to M’nong, Ma and other ethnic minorities with fascinating rituals and oral historical stories, and is also home to national heroes like legendary No Trang Long and No Trang Guh.
Dak Nong has great potential for sightseeing places and resorts in Dray Sap - Gia long - Trinh Nu waterfall complex, Lieng Nung, Ba Tang Waterfall, Dak Glun Waterfall, Dak Mol Waterfall, Gau Waterfall, Ngam Waterfall and Rbout highland, and Nam Lung cultural and historical site. These places, along with Dak Mil Jail relics, Dak N’Tao historical relics and tribe-hill culture are great conditions for Dak Nong to develop ecological and cultural tourism, which has proven attractive to both domestic and foreign visitors.
Dak Nong has two highly valuable natural conservation zones for genetic diversity preservation, namely Nam Nung and Ta Dung. The province also has specialised forests for natural conservation, Dray Sap, Dak Ken and Dak R’Lap forests, featuring a wide array of plant life.
The M’nong culture features various traditional rituals such as the longevity wishing ceremony, the new harvest ceremony, and the rice worshiping ceremony. Visitors can see the highland buffalo darting ceremony that cannot be seen anywhere else. Ideas about death, characteristic of hill-tribe peoples, are seen in their arrangements of sepulchres. The cultural diversity of the area raises the attractiveness and potential of Dak Nong.
Economic spearhead
Since its separation from greater Dak Lak Province, the tourism sector of Dak Nong Province has made significant progress. Visitor numbers, as well as the contributions of tourism sector to the provincial economy, are rising. The number of visitors to Dak Nong Province jumped from more than 82,000 arrivals in 2004 to 110,000 arrivals in 2006.
To transform the tourism sector into an economic backbone, Dak Nong Province has carried out the “overall plan for tourism development for 2006-2010 and vision to 2020.”
The objectives are to turn tourism into a dynamic sector, increasing its contribution to the local budget, creating jobs and increasing incomes, in short making tourism a strategic element of the province’s socioeconomic development.
Under the policy, Dak Nong Province will focus on ecological tourism and cultural tourism.
The province targets 200,000 international and domestic arrivals by 2010 and more than 600,000 arrivals by 2020. Accordingly, tourism revenues have been continuously rising. By 2010, this sector will generate VND42 billion or 0.94 per cent of provincial GDP, and by 2020 VND369 billion or 2.72 per cent of provincial GDP. Tourism will create jobs for more than 1,000 people in 2010 and more than 10,000 people in 2020.