By Hoang Phong    November 8, 2023 | 08:24 am GMT+7

Highlands province to tax overnight visitors to karst plateau

Boats along Nho Que River at the foot of Ma Pi Leng mountain pass at Dong Van Karst Plateau, Ha Giang. Photo by Xuan Phuong

The provincial government of Ha Giang, located in northern Vietnam not far from the border with China, has decided to charge tourists who wish to spend the night on the Dong Van karst plateau.

According to the province portal, the nightly rate for adults at the UNESCO global geopark spanning the four districts of Dong Van, Yen Minh, Meo Vac, and Quan Ba is VND30,000 (US$1.22), while the nightly rate for children is VND15,000.

According to Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark management head Hoang Xuan Don, fees will begin to be collected in 2024.

In 2019, the province anticipates 1.8 million visitors, who will generate about VND48 billion in revenue.

The funds will be used for infrastructure upgrades and environmental protection initiatives.

The 2,356-square-kilometer geopark is surrounded by towering limestone formations, jagged cliffs and captivating karst peaks.

The Ma Pi Leng Pass, Dong Van Town, and the Lung Cu Flag Tower are all located here.

Ha Giang has long been a favorite among adventurers who want to test their mettle against the elements and the twisting roads of a 350-kilometer loop that can be completed in anywhere from three to five days.

The New York Times newspaper named Ha Giang one of the 52 best places to visit this year.

A growing number of well-known tourist destinations are considering implementing new taxes on visitors.

Every visitor to the “Island of Gods” in Indonesia will be charged 150,000 rupiah (about US$10) beginning in 2019 in an effort to maintain Balinese traditions.

Both Valencia, Spain, and Venice, Italy, have announced plans to implement a tourist tax for guests of all hotels.

Source: vnExpress