Mang Den is fully booked on the occasion of April 30th

A week before the April 30 holiday, many accommodation establishments in Mang Den, a town known as “miniature Da Lat” of Kon Tum, announced that they were running out of rooms.

According to a survey on Booking on April 22, the number of rooms in Mang Den, a town in Kon Plong district, about 60 km from Kon Tum city, Kon Tum province, was 97% filled from April 27 to April 30. 4. Many homestays in town also reported that there were no available rooms.

1996 Mang Den Homestay of Konpring Community Tourism Village said the holiday room capacity had reached its maximum. Guests started booking from the beginning of April and the available rooms ran out 3-5 days ago.

Tourists experience strawberry picking at the garden in Mang Den. Photo: Bui Viet Ha

Tourists experience strawberry picking at the garden in Mang Den. Photo: Bui Viet Ha

Mang Den Chai Homestay also said that the room categories are almost full of guests booking for the holiday and there are only double rooms left priced at 900,000 VND per night on April 27. Other facilities of this homestay also have a few available rooms on April 27-30, such as rooms with shared bathrooms, priced at 600,000 VND per night, with a maximum stay of two people. La Casa Homestay also said there are only a few rooms left on April 27-28.

Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Long, Director of Ngoc Linh travel company in Mang Den, said that currently the company’s room fund provided to groups of individual customers who travel on their own has reached 80%. Visitors to Mang Den this year are mainly from neighboring provinces such as Da Nang, Quang Nam, Phu Yen, Quy Nhon, and Dak Lak. Visitors from these localities often travel on their own, drive personally or rent a car.

According to Mr. Long, package air tours to Mang Den departing from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City decreased by more than 50% compared to last year due to increased airfares. The company’s tour has to reduce the price by half compared to the ticket price, but the number of customers booking is not much. “Customers who buy package tours to Mang Den are usually corporate customers going for teambuilding,” Mr. Long said.

Mr. Bui Viet Ha, Chairman of Mang Den Tourism Association, said that accommodation establishments in Mang Den town currently have 1,200 rooms. In the first three months of the year, room occupancy at Mang Den on weekends always reached 90-100%.

Compared to the same period last year, the booking rate at Mang Den has not changed. Holidays, Tet, April 30, and weekends are always the peak times to welcome tourists. During off-peak times such as weekdays, room occupancy reaches 60-70%.

Mr. Ha said that Mang Den’s main tourism products are community tourism, eco-tourism, and local cultural exploration. In recent years, the town has become more known on the tourist map and the locality has actively built tourist support and tourism consulting centers. Currently, the locality is renewing high-tech agricultural products, bringing tourists to experience fruit gardens.

“The factors that attract tourists to Mang Den are nature, climate and clear local culture,” Mr. Ha said.

The town is known as “miniature Da Lat” with primeval forests, lakes, waterfalls, pine hills, fresh cool climate, and peaceful space.

The view of Mang Den from above. Photo: Bui Viet Ha

The view of Mang Den from above. Photo: Bui Viet Ha

Mang Den is a small town so there are not many big hotels. Golden Boutique Hotel is a 4-star hotel with 63 rooms. Dak Ke Mang Den meets 3-star standards with 4 villas, one stilt house and two hotel suites with 45 rooms. Hotels usually cost from 700,000 to 1.4 million VND per room.

The type of accommodation here is mainly homestays, the price per night ranges from 400,000 VND to 700,000 VND per room. Homestays often have dorm rooms, priced from 150,000 VND to 250,000 VND per bed. Currently, the town is promoting a new type of accommodation, community tourism villages, exploited and developed by young people from other localities in combination with local ethnic minorities.

According to Mr. Ha, from the beginning of 2024, Mang Den will begin to have foreign tourists visit, most of them from Hoi An. In addition to daily group tourists, some individual tourists stay in the locality for a whole month.

According to a survey on Google’s search engine, the keywords Mang Den and Mang Den tourism have increased search volume by more than 35% in the past 12 months. In 2023, Mang Den town will welcome one million visitors, according to the People’s Committee of Kon Plong district, Kon Tum.