To reply the query of the place our tourism trade ought to go from right here, we should really perceive what makes locations like Sa Pa or Da Lat so engaging to vacationers. We should always ask why so many individuals journey to historical villages in China or Denmark? Why do they go to Italy to see a tower that appears it could fall at any second? Why do they go to such “unusual” locations to see relics of the previous?
There aren’t any malls or supermarkets or film theaters in such locations, however they’ve the strongest tug on our heartstrings. We should always ask ourselves why folks preserve going again to such locations, 12 months after 12 months.
A few decade in the past, Da Lat and Sa Pa have been ultimate locations. Their misty, primeval magnificence, with infinite swathes of forests and peaks of white clouds have been photographs that stayed with lots of and 1000’s of holiday makers.
However, with the present price of urbanization, I’m not positive if Da Lat and Sa Pa would nonetheless be high decisions for vacationers 10 or 50 years from now.
After I journey, I’d both select a spot with its historical options intact or a spot that has all the fashionable conveniences one may ever want. I do not need a spot that is half-heartedly developed with the purpose of snatching additional cash from stray vacationers.
The Da Lat of at this time has misplaced its allure of the previous. For a city that has at all times been thought to be having a cool, temperate local weather year-round, harsh daylight is already current from 9 a.m. onwards. Pine forests have been flattened beneath the foundations of high-end resorts and motels, and buildings with historic architectural options have been dismantled and demolished to make room for skyscrapers and malls. If we do not protect the previous now we have, what is going to we construct our tourism future upon? Glitzy, cheesy malls or comparable institutions that destroy any concept that Vietnamese surroundings is gorgeous and distinctive.
China, Europe and Africa all have cities and cities that may very well be 1000’s of years outdated, and allowed to stay as they’re, preserving historical past and extraordinary magnificence. Such locations can by no means be compensated with amusement parks and different fashionable contraptions, ever. They do not attempt to meet up with the occasions or subscribe themselves to the capitalistic pursuit of revenue, as a result of they know precisely what makes them particular within the first place.
In fact, nobody is against the drive for improvement and modernization, however this have to be completed correctly and sensibly, not sacrificing what is exclusive and unique about our tradition, panorama and historical past.
We should always enhance infrastructure as a result of it instantly serves to enhance lives in any area. However this does not imply companies are allowed to chop down forests, destroy paddy fields and different priceless assets to construct shiny new resorts, golf programs and what not, with no thought given to what this nation will appear to be sooner or later, and what ramifications such “developments” can have.
If the distinctive options and signature fantastic thing about a spot is gone, who would come go to them? What’s Da Lat with out its quiet woods and misty mornings and idyllic lakes? What good is a Hoi An stuffed with vehicles and fashionable homes?
Vietnam would not must look too far to see what different nations have been doing proper: there’s the Leaning Tower of Italy, the Colosseum of Rome, the traditional villages of the Netherlands, Switzerland and China… all preserved and restored to spearhead their tourism trade. That is what Vietnam ought to do.
As an alternative, it is a disgrace to see authorities having no long-term imaginative and prescient for our tourism trade, focusing solely on fast money and instant outcomes by means of ungainly man-made creations at the price of our pure setting.
It is a disgrace that we ourselves are destroying the very issues that make us particular within the first place.