Halong Bay junk sinks.

Remember when I posted about our junk trip to Halong Bay, Vietnam last fall? Well a junk very similar to the one we were on (just bigger) sank on Friday.

(Photo AFP.)

The boat sank in just one minute, tragically killing 12 people. The boat was only a couple of years old and people are conjecturing that it may have sank because the wood cracked, letting water seap in. In several of the couples on board, one survived and one didn’t–which must be just about the most horrible thing ever. It’s always nerve-racking traveling in a developing country because you know there are no enforced safety standards… something to keep in mind.

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