Da Ban Stream

One of the evergreens for Phu Quoc visitors is simply not visitable anymore... Why? Read on.

Beautiful Da Ban Stream on Phu Quoc Island Garbage Stream on Phu Quoc Island | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

“Well hidden, the long journey here involves bumpy dirt roads with no signage, but is worth the effort. More of an elevated stream than a waterfall, water babbles over the rocky surface. Take a picnic and turn it into a half day excursion.”

That was the wording an other Phu Quoc travel guide used to describe Da Ban Stream. We however, we went there and saw that the entire area is just a huge, disgusting heap of trash and garbage. The family who sells beer and charges for parking the motorbike doesn't care and the (yes, mainly Vietnamese) tourists just leave their litter and half-eaten picnic where ever they were sitting. The next rain will take care of it and wash it down the creek.

Trash, litter and garbage Trash, litter and garbage | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

When I see places like this I get really sad and there are only two thoughts that keep my love of Vietnam intact are 1.) Indonesia is far worse and 2.) in the 70s and 80s we managed to raise environmental awareness in Austria - the same must be possible in Vietnam, and if it erodes 20 keyboards until that goal is achieved, I strongly believe it's possible!

Da Ban Stream Da Ban Stream | photo: foxtravels.net (cc-by-sa)

If you want to go there (no idea why, but maybe the sons of dumpsters read our articles and managed to clean up for once), then follow Nguyen Trung Truc street out of Duong Dong town. After a couple of minutes it turns into a dirt road and you have to ask locals for the direction.

If you have no business with heaps of garbage, visit Suoi Tien or Suoi Tranh instead.

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