Frustrating female ferry driver

Under the Sao Khe River near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, small boats quietly parked close to each other. around the wharf.

In the last days of the year, the weather is cold and drizzly, the whole relic area has only a few tourists. Under the Sao Khe River near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, small boats quietly parked close to each other. around the wharf. On the shore, groups of women in the boating team wearing blue shirts stood restlessly waiting for guests under the trees. This team numbered nearly 2,000 people, but most of them were middle-aged women. There is not much land left to cultivate, their occupation is not stable, so they invite each other to the boat dock to row a boat to make a living. Each trip, they rowed hard for 15km along the river and were paid 150,000 VND in wages.

Since 2008, when Trang An…

Since 2008, when Trang An scenic spot was restored and put into operation, the rice field area near Tam Coc Ninh Binh. The above means are allowed to join the ferry crew. On average, each boat can carry 4-5 tourists through Trang An caves. In the beginning, the profession brought a stable income because there were many customers but the number of boats was still small, but now only during the festival season do they have regular jobs. Waiting for guests from early in the morning regardless of the weather, each sister equips herself with a ready-made lane containing rice cages, water bottles, raincoats and mats for guests to sit on.

With her hands folded over her raincoat after the drizzle, Ms. Giang Thi Nhung lamented: “This season it’s cold or rainy, so there are very few customers, we have been waiting since morning and still have not had our turn, even so. Tomorrow still have to bring rice to the wharf to wait for the next one. In the months with few visitors, sometimes we have to wait a whole week to take the rowing boat.

During the festive season near Tam Coc Ninh Binh,..

During the festive season near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, tourists flock to the winter, and on a lucky day, a rower can get more than one trip. Sitting together waiting for guests, Ms. Le Thi Than said: “It’s not like we sisters have to follow this profession. The old farmland that was planned as a tourist area now has no land for fighting birds, let alone planting. Young people and men still have the opportunity to work in companies and work in the city. And women of our age can’t go far and don’t know what to do, so they come here to apply for a job as a boat driver to change day by day.”

We decided to follow the boat Ms. Duong Thi Quy a person who came to the profession from day one, to know about their hardships. With a thin figure, after a few kilometers of rowing, Ms. Quy had to take off her cold-proof raincoat because sweat had started to drip, even though a few minutes ago she was still shivering and her teeth were scorpion. She said, most of the sisters are small, while the guests are men or foreigners who weigh up to a kilo, they have to stretch themselves to row.

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