Traditional boats get makeover. Better? You be the judge

Traditional boats get makeover. Better? You be the judge

Vietnam's Halong Bay travel authorities decide to paint traditional junks in a shade of shiny new white. We think it's a pale idea. What do you think?
Wood to white. Which do you prefer? In this case, we're old school.

Halong Bay is one of the highlights of traveling in Vietnam.

One of the world's New 7 Wonders of Nature, tourism in Halong Bay is a serious business, which presumably is why authorities there decided they needed to upgrade the look a little: by painting all of the bay's traditional tourist junks in a glaring shade of white.

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So what's our reaction to the makeover?


The old brown wooden junks meshed perfectly with the colorful background of the bay.

The white paint makes them look like plain fishing boats and provides too much contrast against the blue-green sea, making the boats stand out. In a bad way. 

But maybe we're wrong. 

What do you think about the transformation?

Is it better? Or did Halong Bay just waste some paint?

Let us know in the comments below.