11 foreign tourists and a Vietnamese guide have drowned after their traditional wooden tour boat sank in Halong Bay in north-east Vietnam, just before dawn on Thursday. Rest in peace.
Halong Bay, a World Heritage Site renowned for its hundreds of tiny islands and swamp forests, is one of Vietnam’s most popular tourist spots. The Thursday mishap was Vietnam’s deadliest tour boat accident since opening up to foreign visitors some 25 years ago.
Most of the travellers were sleeping in the cabins when the water came in and the boat sank quickly. Fifteen people, including nine foreigners, were able to jump into waters and rescued by other tour boats anchored close by.
It is not yet clear why the boat sank. The news send chills down my spine, reminded me of my overnight boat trip at the bay not too distant time ago. An enjoyable trip could turn into tragedy in split seconds without warning.
[Update] Human error was to blame for the boat sinking, more on BBC.
The New7Wonders project have shortlisted the 27 finalists of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Below are (copied & pasted) information of the 10 finalists from Asia; you can view all the 28 finalist at N7W website…
BU TINAH ISLAND, United Arab Emirates
Off the western shores of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, lies a unique natural treasure, wild n undisturbed by human activity: Bu Tinah Island.
Bu Tinah’s thriving ecosystem forms a unique living laboratory with key significance for climate change research. An undisturbed paradise, Bu Tinah has much to teach mankind about environmental protection and survival.
Korean pop group Girls’ Generation was greeted by throng of wild fans when arriving at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 18. The girls and singer Son Ho-young will be performing at a special concert in conjunction with the Vietnam-Korea Friendship Festival. Image by 2sao [Vn].
Japanese actress Aya Ueto in áo dài, an iconic traditional Vietnamese dress for a photoshoot in Vietnam. I think the pics are released by Image.tv [Jp/NSFW] in April 2009 as part of her “Treasure of Asia” collection; looks great ain’t so?