reuters – April 26, 20222:57 PM GMT+7
By Minh Nguyen
PHONG NHA, Vietnam, April 25 (Reuters) – Vietnamese logger turned jungle tour guide Ngoc Anh knows the value of trees.
For years he chopped them down illegally to sell as timber, often working with others to carry 100-kg logs out of a rapidly thinning forest.
But as extreme rainfall and floods increasingly devastated his community in the central province of Quang Binh, the 36-year-old read up on the ongoing climate and nature crises and turned instead to tourism and conservation.
Now, Ngoc Anh is one of 250 former loggers trained by an adventure tourism company to lead mostly foreign tourists through jungles and into some of the world’s largest cave systems in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.