Photographer's Note

I think I've weaned myself off the monochromes for a while. Vịnh Hạ Long (Ha Long Bay) seems to deserve a bit of colour.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is predictably a major tourist honeypot. And there was certainly evidence of the impact of tourism to be seen. Significant numbers of tripper boats were chugging about, most of which wouldn't stand a chance of getting a Maritime and Coastguard Agency certificate! There was a good deal of floating detritus as well: plastic and expanded polystyrene don't bio-degrade. And there was significant new development, particularly at Tuan Chau Marina, which boasts the biggest harbour in Viet Nam!

But the news isn't all bad. The place is still stunningly beautiful; several floating villages still survive, and it's big enough to absorb a lot of incomers. Like all environments though, it needs care if it's to survive relatively unscathed in the long term.

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Viewed: 2013
Points: 30
Additional Photos by Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1056 W: 301 N: 2847] (13178)
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