The city said the three sites feature the traditional culture of Co Tu ethnic minority people and old-style rural villages.
Ta Lang and Gian Bi – two villages of the Co Tu community – have preserved their brocade weaving, architecture of Guol (traditional communal house) and natural landscapes of primary forest, springs and waterfalls.
Local ethnic people still practise daily lifestyle and annual festivals of Co Tu in a rare community that avoided the rapid urbanisation of the city’s downtown area 40km away.
Thai Lai village in Hoa Nhon commune is home to ancient houses that were preserved from two centuries ago. The architecture of old houses and gardens in the style of central Vietnam were still well protected.
Following the city’s tourism development plan, Tuy Loan village – which hosts an annual traditional festival with a procession of certificates conferred by the Nguyen Dynasty on the village founders in 1470 on the ninth day of the lunar January – will develop as a farm-experience attraction.
The village, which was recognised as a national culture relic in 1999, reserves a large area for vegetable farming, and supplies a major source of farm produce for the city.
Rural lifestyle, farm experience and farm stay services have been developed at the village for hosting tourists from 2025.
According to the city’s Department of Tourism, other rural villages including Thach Nham Tay, Thai Lai, Phu Tuc, An Dinh, Pho Nam and Loc My have potential for camping, forest trekking and mountain climbing as well as river tours and adventurous trips.
These villages, just an hour from the city, will act as unique tourism attractions after beach and nature vacation sites in My Khe, Son Tra Nature reserve and Ba Na Hills.