Posted on: October 26, 2019 Posted by: admin Comments: 8

Another remarkable thing about Pu Luong Vietnam? No piles of plastic rubbish

Pu Luong south of Hanoi looks set to become Vietnam’s “new” mountain destination. It’s a beautiful place. And part of its beauty is the absence of the piles of plastic waste that blight other destinations in Vietnam. Now it needs to stay that way. Seems like a good place to start a plastic-free tourism campaign.
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  1. Helpful video. It would be so nice if all tourists / guests treat Viet Nam respectfully and do not pollute. Disposal is a big problem in Viet Nam and has been for years. Hopefully, that will change. I do not know if enough public service announcements and education regarding the issue are being done. I too often just see people throw garbage around in the street in Viet Nam, just dropping it in front of themselves like it is the natural thing to do. Here in the U.S., we had a big campaign, including TV commercials to "Give a hoot, don't pollute" and to recycle. It made a big impression on me so I took it serious and go out of my way not to pollute ever. No matter how small the trash, dispose of it properly, walk that extra bit to a garbage can.

  2. Excellent video, man. I was just talking about the plastic problem in Vietnam, especially in the far north around Ha Giang. Such an amazing and beautiful place, but very little infrastructure for dealing with garbage. I wonder if there could be some sort of work/incentive program or society that could be funded, at least in part, by tourist donations.

  3. Great message! I think it's tourists' responsibility to not purchase single purpose reusable plastics wherever they can. I always hand over my drinks bottle when purchasing from a fruit juice vendor for example, and the server can sometimes be confused, but never rejected it. It would be really nice to see some free filtered water sources in parks, I don't think I've ever seen one. In Japan however, for comparison, they're in every park and social space! 🙂

  4. Thanks Mark. As a recent discoverer of the beauty of Vietnam, rubbish, particularly in the mountains, was one of the disappointing elements of my travels. I followed one of your travels from Sapa, across the passes and mountains to Dien Bien Phu and then through into Laos and down the Nam Ou (River), we got stopped at one stage in a river valley at a traffic accident well out of town, and in the line of cars, tucks, motor bikes and buses, the efficiency of the Vietnamese people was displayed by the speed at which vendors were selling bottles of water and foam takeaway containers of fried rice to the waiting vehicles. I was somewhat perplexed to see our driver simply open the window and dispose of both bottle and container straight out the window onto the road. And a further example, when travelling down the Nam Ou by boat to see a small girl open a single wrapped biscuit, throw the piece of plastic she tore from the wrapping straight into the river and looked at me with complete perplexity when I gestured to her to give me the bulk of the wrapping rather than put it in the river as well. (to the extent of her actually thinking I was asking for some of the biscuit and offering me some).

    It seems to me, it's not just a "tourism" issue, it's become "ingrained" into the attitudes of the people that littering is the norm (in both these cases, these were "locals", on local services, albeit that the bus and river boat were also tourist services).

    How long before the "culture" changes to one where the roads and rivers are not used as bins? (have we really stopped that attitude in Australia??)

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