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A tour sends travelers out picking up trash in Hoi An's waterways

By Son Thuy   March 14, 2017 | 12:08 pm GMT+7

This kayak tour in Hoi An will certainly help you earn some good karma. 

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Tourists to the central Vietnam World Heritage town of Hoi An can collect trash from a local river and go kayaking at the same time.

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Nguyen Van Long, 34-year-old tour operator, launched in mid-February 2017 a kayak service for both local and foreign tourists, who are in not for sightseeing but for hands-on experiences with garbage clean-up.

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A fleet of 40 kayaks is now available over weekends, said Long.

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Armed with a trash bag and a gripper, each group of 10 travelers paddle through the river in the heart of Hoi An and collect floating garbage.

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“We show tourists how to paddle the kayak along the river and use the gripper to pick up garbage,” the tour operator said. 

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Foreign tourists are charged $10 to join the tour, while it is free for locals. 

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“The money will fund the purchase of garbage bags, renting garbage-collection boats and bringing trash ashore,” Long said.

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He said the clean-up tours are expected to remove all kinds of rubbish including plastic bags and bottles tossed in the waters by both residents and tourists.

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The tour will raise awareness among local people and tourists about keeping Hoi An and its rivers clean and green, Long hoped.

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“I think the tour is great. And hopefully it will educate the local people, fishermen, and hotels,” said British tourist Paul Lasenby, “I notice in Southeast Asia, in Vietnam, there is a lot of rubbish, plastic bags and cups in the river and on the side of the road."

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A trip can bring back about 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) of garbage, according to the tour operator.

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