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: "La Baie d'Along dans la brume matinale"

Hello everyone, I’m back after a long hiatus, well really a summer vacation that was spent mostly in Vietnam and a little in Thailand.

 

Most of my Vietnam travels were spent in the Northeast or Northwest of Vietnam, in various provinces and towns where I stayed with local families and just tried to understand this beautiful country a little more. I am spending a considerable amount of my school holidays next year teaching in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand so I guess you could call this cultural gruntwork. It was a moving experience in so many ways, and it will be a terrific experience going back next year to some of the same places to serve the local communities in the way I know best, teaching.

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this series as well as the little time I spent in Bangkok, again. Thanks again for your support, always ☺ and I hope to catch up with your photos soon too (give me time!)

 

This shot was taken in Mai Chau, which is an astonishingly beautiful valley in Hoa Binh province, and one of the early front runners in the eco-homestay wave that is taking over this region. Of course with the increasingly popular homestays come a whole series of issues like authenticity of experience and environmental concerns, which I hope get addressed over time. In any case, this is a beautiful place to photograph. On this occasion, I had woken up early in the morning to go for a walkabout in the rice fields behind my homestay: the sun had still not fully risen yet, but there were people already working in the fields and on their way to other fields in the distance.

 

It’s been nearly a month since I was here, but there are pictures that stay in your head a long time. My whole stay in Mai Chau was one such occasion.

 

The title for this photo is of course taken from the movie of the same name. RIP, Robin :(

  

La región más popular del sudeste asiático es el Delta del Mekong, región que engloba no sólo a Vietnam sino también a Camboya. El mayor rio de Vietnam, el Rio Mekong, crea durante su paso hasta el Mar de China esta increible región al sur de Vietnam que los Vietnamitas llamamos los 9 dragones, en referencia a los 9 puntos distintos donde el rio Mekong desemboca en el mar.

Esta preciosa ciudad, vive principalmente del turismo, hay muchísimo comercio sobre todo de telas y sastrería, pero una vez se hizo de noche, al otro lado del río había otro mercado, principalmente de farolillos de seda de colores, multitud de ellos, de distintos tamaños y colores, estaba realmente precioso con todos los faroles iluminados. Los precios de los faroles, bastante asequibles, además se pliegan con lo cual no es complicado traerlos. Otra cosa importante, principalmente los venden aquí, en Hoi An, luego es difícil encontrar tanta variedad.

Vietnam, sometimes spelled Viet Nam (i/ˌviːɛtˈnɑːm/ vee-et-nahm; Vietnamese: Việt Nam, listen), officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnamese: Cộng hòa xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam, listen), is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea – referred to in Vietnam as the East Sea (Vietnamese: Biển Đông) – to the east. With an estimated 90.5 million inhabitants as of 2011, Vietnam is the 13th-most-populous country in the world, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country.

 

The Vietnamese became independent from Imperial China in 938 AD, following the Battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Efforts to resist the French eventually led to their expulsion from the country in the mid-20th century, leaving Vietnam divided politically into two countries. Fighting between the two sides continued, with heavy foreign intervention, during the Vietnam War, ending with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.

 

Emerging from this prolonged military engagement, the war-ravaged Communist nation was politically isolated. In 1986, the government instituted economic and political reforms and began a path towards international reintegration.[9] By 2000, it had established diplomatic relations with most nations. Its economic growth has been among the highest in the world since 2000,[10] and according to Citigroup, such high growth is set to continue. Vietnam has the highest Global Growth Generators Index among 11 major economies,[11] and its successful economic reforms resulted in it joining the World Trade Organization in 2007. However, the country still suffers from high levels of income inequality,[dated info] disparities in healthcare provision, and poor gender equality.

 

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...un détour par Hue...

On ne peut pas arrêter la pluie ...mais je crois que c'est cette journée - un peu plus tard. que ma caméra a refusé de fonctionner , n'aimant pas l'humidité. La Cité imperiale doit être préservée , une si belle architecture. Le 11 Décembre 1993, elle a été classée par l'UNESCO comme patrimoine culturel mondial.

 

* De mes archives du Vietnam. (Février-2014)*

 

The day we visited the Imperial City in Hue , it was raining. I think this historical must be preserved . Great architecture.

 

Thanks to the long precious history, Hue has integrated material and spiritual values, which become its own unique special culture. On December 11th, 1993, it was classified by UNESCO as the world cultural heritage. The Imperial City is a walled fortress and palace in the city of Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam.

 

thanks, Brenda C. for the texture

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Fruits and many other items can be purchased for mere pennies from the huge water-based squadron of floating merchants.Traveling by water is a common practice here for such mundane tasks as grocery shopping as well as getting to restaurants and tourist attractions located on small islets accessible only by boat. Tourist infrastructure is still in its infancy here.

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La cueva Huyen Khong, con un espectacular altar tallado en piedra así como esculturas de buda. Este altar se conoce como la catedral esculpida en piedra, impresionante lugar cuyo acceso está custodiado por 4 estatuas que representan a 2 mandarines de la corte y a 2 soldados.

The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall, at sunrise, washington, dc. Shot using HDR.

"Tom said he heard something. None of us believed him as we settled in for the night. Then we heard, a flare going off into the night sky. Then we saw them, hundreds of them, all running at us."

 

Vietnam 1964

I tried to get a flare affect as it was in front of them. Please tell me if you like it.

The Imperial Palace

Last of the Vietnam trip 2014/2015

For more photos see my album Southern Vietnam

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