Besides severe water pollution, the natural wonder Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam has become the victim of another tourism hazard: vandalism.
Tourists have carved and spraypainted Vietnamese, Chinese and English words onto many stones inside the caves surrounding the UNESCO heritage site, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vietnam.
Pham Thuy Duong, chief manager of the bay, claimed that the vandals struck years ago when she was not in charge.
Duong said her team is still waiting for experts to think of an effective way to clear the writings without damaging the caves.
“We will get rid of them as soon as possible.”
Inside Sung Sot, a cave of more than 10,000 square meters and one of the most beautiful at the bay. Photos: Minh Cuong/VnExpress
French people discovered the cave in 1901 and the Association of Tourism Offices and Brokers of the Czech Republic in 2012 named it one of the ten most beautiful caves in the world.
This is believed to be the name of a tourist and the year of visit.
This stone has become a very convenient board.
Many signatures are left near the exit of the cave.
Dau Go Cave, known for its wilderness, has many Chinese words at unusual heights.
Some Vietnamese names are scribbled on the stones.