Picture post from Tam Coc, Ninh Binh Province Vietnam taken January 2015
The first in a 4 part post, (this one The Factory) in and around around Tam Coc in the Ninh Binh province of northern Vietnam. Often described as Ha-long Bay on land, in fact most of the limestone karsts rise up out crystal clear waters of the small local lakes and a meandering 2 kilometer stretch of the Ngo Dong river. I have spent 3 nights on a Halong Bay tour in 2013 and this was a very different experience but both worthwhile for different reasons. At the time of year we visited the the air hangs in a misty eerie adding to its magical ambiance. The town of Ninh Binh itself is of no great interest with little to see or do so recommend you do as we did and stay in a shack by the side of one of the limestone karsts overlooking a small lake, magical. Nguyen Shack run by a Canadian and his Vietnamese wife its a wonderful place to stay.
click this link for their homepage Nguyen Shack
The Garment Factory
Here the work is shared between your men and women working long hours, but conditions are considered good here although again the hours are long and often seven days in a row, it is still a far cry from many larger sweatshops seen throughout bigger town and cities in Asia
The principle and overseer checks quality of work on an order for work-wear. View beyond is of bike menders across the street.
Creche for the working mums consists of a cardboard box. These kids will sit quietly and without fuss whilst their mothers work the machines. One can only wonder how many western kids in similar situation would be this well behaved?
The factory floor
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