Caves in the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay are struggling with too many tourists, posing pressures on the site.
Visitors at Dau Go Cave
According to Quang Ninh Province’s Department of Tourism, last year, Thien Cung-Dau Go Cave welcomed 2.02 million visitors. Meanwhile, Sung Sot Cave and Titop Island served 1.85 million and 1.8 million respectively.
Other caves such as Co, Thay, Tien Ong or Me Cung were also visited by from thousands to hundreds of visitors per year.
The bay management board said that currently tours to Ha Long and Bai Tu Long bays cover around 10 sites, however, visitors often prefer caves which are near wharfs.
So it is easy to see the congestion at some caves at peak season, while many others attract just a small number of visitors.
UNESCO have warned about too many tourists for some caves in Ha Long.
The bay management board has opened some new destinations, but tourists are still concentrated on popular caves.
Pham Dinh Huynh, deputy head of the board, admitted that the excess visitors would badly impact the caves and the agency was compiling a report on this.
Experts worried that eco-systems, particularly stalactite, are sensitive to excessive exposure to the public.
All information about boat tours and other Ha Long Bay services is now available at the Tuan Chau International Boat Station reception desk making it easier for tourists to hire a boat tour of the UNESCO-recognized site.
The Dien Vong River in Quang Ninh Province had been severely polluted by cargo ports, reported online newspaper vov.vn.
After spending time admiring the bay on the sun deck, visitors can row themselves to explore majestic cave systems, swim in the cool sea, and enjoy the natural scene to the fullest.