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Western Nghe An Province Biosphere – Sao Va Waterfall

Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve was recognized by UNESCO in September 2007. This is the largest biosphere reserve in Southeast Asia with a total area of 1,303,285 hectares; This is a green corridor connecting 3 core areas including: Pu Mat National Park, Pu Huong Nature Reserve and Pu Hoat Nature Reserve, creating a continuity of habitats that effectively maintain conservation. conservation of biodiversity through alleviation of habitat fragmentation problems created by human economic activities.

Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve belongs to 9 districts: Ky Son, Tuong Duong, Con Cuong, Thanh Chuong, Quy Hop, Quy Chau, Que Phong, Tan Ky, Anh Son; In which Pu Mat National Park is the center, it is preserving many precious genetic resources of animals and plants with representatives of 4/5 classes of flora (sparse forests, closed forests, shrubs and herbs).

In the biosphere, there are many beautiful natural landscapes, including Sao Va waterfall in Que Phong district. A natural heritage is in the planning of the top tourist destination of Que Phong district. One of the ideal spots has long attracted tourists. No one thinks that the waterfall, the cave that clings to the village all year round or the sticky houses on stilts they still live in, day by day up and down, can become a tourist destination to attract tourists to enjoy, admire and take pictures. and admiring the beauty of the waterfall.

Water fall 7 levels in Que Phong District, Nghe An Province

With a standing position cutting along the green forest, the waterfall gently curves, abrading each precarious stone. The stream of iridescent water in the sunlight looks gentle flowing along the rocky banks. Coming to Sao Va, this waterfall used to be associated with the historical story of the Northwest Thai ethnic minority community.

For generations, the Kinh, Thai, and Mong people have lived in harmony with nature, where they once protected and nurtured many  villages. In many Thai villages today, traditional stilt houses are still preserved along hillsides or along streams.

Not only preserving the culture of stilts, folk songs, dances, but also maintaining many traditional occupations such as brocade weaving, knitting, and preserving special labor tools and utensils..

Community eco-tourism is both a strength and the right way and most suitable direction for tourism to make an increasingly worthy contribution to local socio-economic development.

With the strength of having both natural and socio-cultural resources, but in order to effectively exploit those strengths to turn those strengths into specific material values, in order to develop the economy sustainably, expand exchanges , preserving cultural identity… Que Phong district needs more conditions to take a step forward in community tourism activities associated with nature conservation.


Nguyen Viet Nghi

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