I just got back from a cruise in Halong Bay and was appalled at the amount of Garbage floating around everywhere. I tried to pick some of it up when I was out kayaking but couldn't pick up much more after my kayak was full. It was absolutely disgusting and I could almost say that it ruined my trip. The landscape is beautiful with all the little finish boats and the limstone peaks and as long as you look upwards it's still an amazing sight but the minute you look at the ocean all the magic of the place was gone. I'd still recommend going to Halong Bay for the impressive geographical features but I couldn't enjoy my cruise as much as I would have liked to because of the disgusting amount of litter floating around.
Has anyone else noticed this as a problem and does anyone know if either UNESCO or the Halong Bay authorities have any plans to address this issue??