The Tu San Agricultural and Tourism Services Cooperative (ATC) has announced the temporary suspension of passenger transportation activities on the reservoir of the Nho Que 1 hydropower dam starting from September 16, 2023. This decision is due to the lack of agreement on a (temporary) management plan for inland waterway transport services for tourists within the Nho Que 1 hydropower reservoir area.
The Tu San Valley, often referred to as the “First Grand Canyon,” is recognized as the deepest canyon in Vietnam and even in Southeast Asia. Among the attractions in this area, the experience of cruising on the Nho Que hydropower dam reservoir and admiring the Tu San Valley has attracted a large number of domestic and international tourists. Currently, there are 51 boats operating to serve tourists for sightseeing and exploration, managed by the Tu San ATC.
The reason for the temporary suspension of passenger transportation activities is attributed to the expiration of the passenger transportation contract between the Nho Que 1 Hydropower Company and the Tu San ATC on September 15, 2023, with no extension granted. Additionally, there is no consensus on the (temporary) management plan for inland waterway transport services for tourists within the Nho Que hydropower dam reservoir area among the involved parties, including the Mèo Vạc district People’s Committee, the Tu San ATC, and the Nho Que 1 Hydropower Company.
Therefore, the organization has issued a notice to temporarily halt the transportation of tourists to visit the Tu San Valley via tourist boats on the Nho Que 1 river (passing through the Nho Que 1 Hydropower Plant) starting from 00:00 on September 16, 2023, until further notice.