They jut out of the depths, massive rocks reminiscent of the Jurassic era, structures so huge, destructively breathtaking, the water rippling, glinting, from the suns rays over the deep green abyss. Ha Long Bay dazzles, enticing all and leaving no survivors in its crusade of resplendence. Like waking up in a dream, everything around you seems ethereal, a shade of glitter is painted over your eyes like a filter even Instagram couldn’t touch. The exhaust left us nauseous in the harbor as the boats collected their respective crews, hoards of foreigners lined up for boarding. The vessel, the Golden Voyage, a white cruise liner, was white with three levels, the first, the rooms for the guests, the second the dining area, seven tables draped with nice white cloth, plates and cups with utensils, a quasi mini bar situated in the corner. Overhead the occasional clinking of the glassware hanging from the racks in the ceiling, four large windows with golden drapes surrounded both sides of … [Read more...] about Ha Long Bay
Blue line long beach
There’s almost more plastic than sand on this long, tree-lined beach: Plastic helmets, plastic furniture and the plastic leg of a shop mannequin all jut out of an ocean of blue plastic bags. Just south of the capital Hanoi, the once-peaceful and clean beach of Da Loc in Vietnam’s Thanh Hoa province, has been slowly suffocating under the weight of plastic waste for decades. “Plastic bags have been waste here since the first day we started using them,” said Pham Thi Lai, 60, a local seafood processor. “They put everything in a plastic bag. If they’re preserving shrimp or preserving fish, they put it in a plastic bag,” Lai said of local fishermen, many of whom shuck clam shells and dry shrimp between the mounds of plastic waste on the beach. “When they finish they just throw the bags into the ocean. The trash floats to wherever the sea level rises,” she said. Vietnam is the fourth-largest contributor to marine plastic pollution … [Read more...] about Drastic plastic: Vietnam beach awash with tide of blue waste
Viet Nam News by Bích Hường In a business-as-usual scenario, the world’s oceans could contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastic than fish [by weight]. The numbers in a report launched at the World Economic Forum 2016 crossed my mind again when I saw images of trash abandoned at beaches and other tourist attractions that went viral on internet after recent public holidays on April 30 and May 1. More similar images are likely to come as Vietnamese enter the peak time of holiday season – summer. When students have a long break, people flock to beaches and tourist destinations. It’s a given that people are disappointed to spend their holidays in places that are filled or surrounded by ice cream sticks, wrappers, cans, water bottles and food waste. The trash not only damages the sight of the tourist areas, but also poses a high risk of environmental pollution to the locality if it is not treated … [Read more...] about Who wants a vacation to a trash filled beach?
Kaleidoscope colours: Co Thach Beach and Co Thach Pagoda (called Cave Pagoda) in the province’s Tuy Phong District attract droves of photographers who arrive in the early morning to take shots of moss-covered stones that can look turquoise, purple, red or other colours, depending on the angle of the sunlight. But only 100 kilometres away is Co Thach Beach in the province’s Tuy Phong District, an unusual coastal site lined with seaweed-covered pebbles and rocks of varying shapes and sizes. In recent years, the area has seen thousands of people, mostly photographers, coming to visit between February and April to capture images of the rocks at sunrise and sunset. When the tide recedes, the green seaweed on the stones and rocks glistens in the morning sunlight and appears blue, but at noon it takes on a yellow hue. The stunning changes in colour can also be seen at sunset. For me, Co Thach Beach and Chua Hang (Cave Pagoda) nearby are part of my childhood memories with many … [Read more...] about Colourful stones enchant at Binh Thuan beach
It was the destruction of coral reef and over-fishing that moved artist Nguyen Lieu to paint brightly colored canvasses warning Vietnamese that their coastal environment is in peril. "Nha Trang is the most beautiful bay recognized worldwide but exploitation there is chaotic," Lieu, 53, said at Galerie DEWI, where 15 of his oil paintings were exhibited in June and July. His home town on the south-central coast has smooth sandy beaches, islands and mountains, but it also carries the burden of the ugly side of rapid development and fast-growing tourism. It is a story being repeated up and down the impoverished country's 3,200 km (2,000 mile)-long coastline, despite awareness among officialdom and non-governmental groups to harmonize conservation and making a living from the sea. Oil slicks, dead rivers and polluted air are part of an often-bleak environmental picture as Vietnam's 85 million people head toward industrialization. Lieu's art is unusual in Vietnam in that it … [Read more...] about Ecosystems of Vietnam’s long coastline are in peril