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VIETNAM 2013 #128

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Ha Tien is a seaside town of the Gulf of Thailand in the Kien Giang Province in the far South of Vietnam. It is right on the border with Cambodia which opened in 2008 so the attraction of Cambodian sea resorts and the regular ferry crossing to the Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc have created an interest in Ha Tien.

Ha Tien played an important part in some events in Vietnamese history. Nguyen Anh took shelter in the area in the latter part of the XVIIIth century before starting his conquest for control of the country. He founded Vietnam's last Imperial Vietnamese Dynasty: the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945).

Under his rule, Hue became the capital of Vietnam and strengthened its military dominance in Indochina, expelling Siamese forces from Cambodia and turning it into a vassal state. At that point, he made a deal with a French missionary, Pigneau de Behaine, as a result the French Colonial Power increased its influence.
During the American War, Ha Tien was the first base for “swift boat operations” along the south Vietnamese rivers close to the Cambodian border.
More recently, in the late 1970s, the Khmer Rouge attacked Vietnamese civilians in the area of Ha Tien. This prompted the Vietnamese government to invade Cambodia and end Pol Pot's reign of terror. Today, there is small monument to mark the spot where Khmer Rouge troops murdered 130 Vietnamese civilians.

As well as all the historical reasons for visiting Ha Tien, the main one was to get up early in the morning and go to the harbour and see the boats unload the catch of the night and prepare for another day at sea.

Tags: Fishing boats Vietnam Mekong delta Ha tien Landscape and travel KIEN GIANG PROVINCE GIANG THANH RIVER

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Comments


MalcolmM Plus
13 1.2k 5 Scotland
16 Oct 2013 6:46PM
Another very fine series, & info.
Malcolm

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16 Oct 2013 6:47PM
Those boats mean, and are, business!!
Four excellent images.

Richard
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.1k 156 England
16 Oct 2013 6:58PM
A fine set but particularly the perspective of 2 & 3.

Dave
NDODS Plus
8 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
16 Oct 2013 7:06PM
An interesting and informative pre-narrative supported by three very well observed, composed and exposed images with both depth and interest throughout JN

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
EMJAYCEE Plus
10 10 10 England
16 Oct 2013 7:29PM
Great set but V4 with the human interest is the one for me.
Joan.
Daisymaye 10 23 16 Canada
17 Oct 2013 4:57AM
A superb set. I like them all very much.
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
17 Oct 2013 4:38PM
Superb narrative and shot Jean-Noel.GrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
viscostatic 13 43 5 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2013 12:25PM
Excellent photographs and interesting information.

Phil.

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