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VIETNAM 2013 #49

The start of a new series about Phung Hiep floating market.

The Vietnamese call the Mekong Delta their ‘rice basket’, but these fertile flatlands produce much more than rice. Plenty of coconuts, mangoes, pineapple, durians, bananas, sugar cane and more are grown there.

The market lasts all day long, but it is at its most busy and interesting in early morning. The precious evening and throughout the night, boats from far-and-wide, full of seasonal vegetables, fruits, pigs, snakes ...etc... head for Phung Hiep a small village in the Mekong Delta.

Boats of all shapes and sizes are gathering there. Some boats are covered with roofs, some are not. On boats without roofs, the sellers have to hold high a bamboo stick hanging with fruits as signals of the goods they are selling. The signal to buy is a whistling or waving band.

Market-goers look at the good from their own boat and sometimes stumble from boat to boat in search of what they want. They do not bargain, just an exchange of a few words and the deal is done and money changes hands

When I arrived it was dark and the “shoppers” were looking at the fruit and veg with their torches.

Some fruit will be bought and then be transported in a large boat to fruit-processing factories or to Ho Chi Minh City, even to Hanoi and Northern provinces or sold in local markets.

Tags: Floating market Vietnam Landscape and travel PHUNG HIEP PHUNG HIEP DISTRICT HAU GIANG PROVINCE

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8 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 8:57AM
Stunning, simply stunning, an image which for me really captures the essence of Vietnam.

Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Richsr 12 91 223 England
11 Jul 2013 8:59AM
Like the light and use of silhouette here JN
Regards Richard
Growmore Plus
10 4 3 England
11 Jul 2013 9:08AM
That's a great capture and the light is stunning.
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 9:08AM
Lovely shot and well captured in this light
like the informative write up
my son just back from there too
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
11 Jul 2013 9:28AM
I can feel the atmosphere GrinGrinGrin
ColleenA Plus
7 411 6 Australia
11 Jul 2013 9:40AM

Quote:Stunning, simply stunning, an image which for me really captures the essence of Vietnam.

Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Simply stunning
11 Jul 2013 9:52AM
Beautiful image.
rontear Plus
16 8 8 England
11 Jul 2013 9:59AM
Simply stated Jean, very effective !!
richmowil Plus
10 369 2 England
11 Jul 2013 10:17AM
Joline Plus
13 30 53 United States
11 Jul 2013 11:45AM
I have read about this floating market, and this is a lovely introduction to what I'm sure will be a most interesting series.
Jasper87 Plus
9 2.1k 156 England
11 Jul 2013 12:55PM
A well-shaped silhouette against the warm reflected light on the water.

nonur Plus
10 18 13 Turkey
11 Jul 2013 1:44PM
Wonderful atmosphere.
10 10 10 England
11 Jul 2013 3:20PM
Looking forward to this series - your description of this floating market has brought it alive. The first image of the silhouetted figure is extremely good.
Brian65 10 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2013 4:37PM
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
11 Jul 2013 4:38PM
Stunning silhouette shot Jean-Noel with an absolutly superb and informative narrative.GrinGrin

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