When we got off the bus in Semporna on Borneo, two dirty looking kids were already tugging on our bags. After the exchange of some high fives, they held up their hand and asked for a Ringgit (€0,20). Little did we know, this was only the beginning.
One of the top tourist attractions in Southeast Asia is Ha Long bay. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site, famous for its enormous limestone cliffs and beautiful blue water. The fame, however, has a down side: this Vietnamese bay is filled with cruises, backpacker party boats, and even worse, tons of plastic. So on the one hand, we really wanted to see this paradise and on the other, we hated the thought of sailing in, and adding to, the plastic soup.