Vietnam's Ha Long Bay risks flood of tourism

UNESCO site, and one of the "Seven Wonders of Nature", feels environmental impact of mass tourism.

    Vietnam's Ha Long Bay was recently named one of the new "Seven Wonders of Nature", and the area has made it on the UNESCO World Heritage list twice.

    Around six million people visit the area each year, and the 1,500-square-kilometre site is feeling the environmental consequences of mass tourism.

    Balancing the site's natural value against the lure of the tourist dollar is a challenge faced by Hanoi. 

    The strategy is to keep the tourist numbers growing, but spread them to the lesser known areas of Vietnam.

    If not, Ha Long Bay may lose the very beauty that tourists now flock to see.

    Al Jazeera's Aela Callan reports from Vietnam.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.