The scenery in Lang Son, a northern border province, grabs the attention of visitors as they travel through these “magical” landscapes endowed by nature. Historical relics and the cultural traditions of ethnic minorities in the north-eastern region of the country also complement the province’s unique natural surroundings. Caves, grottoes, pagodas, ancient temples and many old stele are some of the fascinating sights awaiting the visitor to Lang Son.
Travelling around the provincial town, visitors will have a chance to see wonderful places such as the Nhat-Nhi-Tam Thanh (first-second and third) grottoes, the Tien pagoda, the Ky Cung rock bank, the Ngo Thi Si stele, the Tran temple, and the Thanh pagoda, all found in a tourist area named after the grottoes. In addition to the beautiful landscapes and an excellent climate, Lang Son is a cradle of the unique cultural traditions of many ethnic minorities, including their customs and habits, codes of conduct, stilt houses, traditional costumes and folk songs and dances. The Sli, Then and Luon songs performed by the Tay and Nung ethnic groupings can be enjoyed and their special food and drink sampled in Lang Son.
In 1994, the province received more than 4,000 visitors from foreign countries and every year, thousands of Vietnamese travel to Lang Son from various parts of the country, including many pilgrims to the various shrines and ancient holy places. In order to make full use of the province’s potential for tourist development, a large sum of money has been invested in restoring many historical structures and in building various tourist destinations of both historical and cultural interest. Joint efforts were made between the Tourism Department and the Cultural Department of Lang Son to this effect in 1994 and about VND900 million was invested in the repair of stone footsteps, bridges and lighting systems in Nhi Thanh and Tam Thanh grottoes.
Over VND3.2 billion was invested in rebuilding Hoang Van Thu park and a number of historical sites. The local people have also donated money to restore or repair many temples and pagodas. The provincial authorities have outlined a master plan to boost tourist development to the year 2000. In addition to projects to restore different sites, there are plans to build the Mau Son tourist village where various ethnic minorities reside and further develop the Tam Thanh tourist complex. Efforts will be accelerated to make full use of the cultural traditions of the ethnic people living in the province as a tourist attraction. On the other hand, numerous recreation places will be built, including sites for mountain climbing, hunting, rowing, horse riding or sightseeing. This will be done together with further encouragement of the performance traditional folk songs and dances by every ethnic minority. Lang Son is calling for more investments from domestic sources for these plans and is seeking foreign partners to carry out these projects to help build tourism into an important economic sector for the future of the province.